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Yasiin Bey @ Metro - 5/1/15
Yasiin Bey, fka Mos Def, recently wrapped up a run of US dates, including a show in Chicago with Malik Yusef, Abel Black and Ty Money. We caught that show, and pictures from it are in this post.
Now that the tour's over, Mos Def is presumably back in South Africa, where he lives now. He recently gave an interview with Beats by Dre where he talks about why he doesn't want to live in America anymore. He says he finds it difficult to be productive here, "given the social, political, and economic climate." He also talks in the interview about the way people perceive him, and how it's unrealistic to expect his political views and the way his music sounds to the same now as it was over 15 years ago. At the very end, he mentions showing a new song he worked on to Kanye West, and getting his approval. Watch the video of that interview, with more pictures from Chicago, below.
Mos Def's only upcoming dates at the moment are in Europe, and those are listed below too.
So, are you planning on heading out to the movies this weekend? Well, if you are like the majority of people out there who will be, then it's to see a bunch of giant Autobots and Decepticons who turn into cars and trucks and blow up shit all over the place. Yes, as you may have heard, Michael Bay's next playful orgy of destruction, Transformers:Age of Extinction, opens tomorrow. I've seen it and while at times fun, it's mindless stupidity can be somewhat tiring after two-and-a-half plus hours (the longest Transformers yet). Imagine the head blowing up scene in David Cronenberg's Scanners with less blood and lots more loud explosions over and over and over.....
While these big action/explosion/comic book/toy films are the box office bonanzas these days, there is still room for smaller films, indie films, more personal films. Just look at what's out now: David Michod (director of one of my favorite films of the last few years Animal Kingdom) gritty, intense and bleak revenge/avenge film The Rover; Jenny Slate proves there is life after saying "fuck" on network TV with the much-talked about indie now film Obvious Child.
There's also Polish filmmaker Pawel Polikowski's stunning and intense IDA; Roman Polanski's latest sexual/psychological drama,the novella-to-Broadway-to-film, Venus in Fur; and comedian/actor/writer Mike Myers' entertaining directorial debut about one of the most legendary characters ever to work in the film and the music industry, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon.
Great films all but one in particular that is well worth your time and of particular interest to readers here is Begin Again, the new film from director John Carney.
When I first saw Once, Carney's previous film, it was about five months before it was released. I knew Carney from having played in The Frames (with Glen Hansard) but had no idea what to expect having not seen his any of his earlier films. Like most people, I came away entranced. The kind of good film you want to tell everyone you know to see. Happily I can say the same thing about this new film.
As mentioned briefly, the film is about a down on his luck, once-successful maybe now washed up music producer, Dan, played by Mark Ruffalo. Having had success in the '90s with a number of hip hop bands, he has now been fired by his partner (Mos Def credited of course as Yasiin Bey) in an indie label startup. Drinking his sorrows away one night in a club (shot in Arlene's Grocery, fyi) he happens to hear an unknown British singer songwriter Gretta (the always wonderful Keira Knightly, doing her best Norah Jones, Carole King, Feist), coaxed by her friend up to the stage, timid and unsteady to sing a bare acoustic sweet ballad about heartbreak. Heartbreak she knows firsthand, having been dumped, on the brink of stardom, by boyfriend Dave (played by Maroon 5 singer /TV's The Voice star Adam Levine). The film then traces the backstory of how each ended up in there that night forging a connection. Then, over a conversation about the idea of selling out and which artist has never sold out (their answer: Randy Newman), Gretta agrees to let Dan produce a record for her. One that will be recorded at various spots all over NYC, outdoors and on the go, capturing the sounds of the city within the songs.
still from 'Begin Again'
Much of the film is beautifully shot on the Lower East Side / East Village (yes there is still some music and life going on there, take that Brooklyn) and other parts including a super montage set piece where Dan and Gretta walk around the city at night listening to different songs on her IPod. Other scenes which I don't want to give away show the deft directorial touches that only someone who is deeply involved with music could make. The music, which may not have anything as starmaking a song a Once's "Falling Slowly," is still very good -- most of it was written by onetime New Radicals frontman Gregg Alexander (remember "You Get What You Give?").
The acting is uniformly great. Mark Ruffalo is an always able actor and sometimes stupendous if you have seen the recent HBO film The Normal Heart. Keira Knightly shows surprisingly lovely tone in her singing. Adam Levine, in his first big acting role, does a fine job with his character and while not a fan of Maroon 5, the man has a sensational god-given voice that most singers would kill for.
Notable mention as well goes to James Corden, who plays Gretta's Brit busking friend. He's a very engaging and funny actor, and also great singer who will be showing far more of his singing talents later this summer in David Frankel's One Chance (the very charming story of Paul Potts, an amateur opera singer, who unlikely went on to win Britain's Got Talent).
"Can A Song Save Your Life" was Begin Again's working title and probably best sums it up. Two struggling people who find each other and, through music, their own redemption. Does that sound familiar to a film called Once? Certainly it is in much the same vein. You could say it was a more-polished version of Once. Like the previous film, the two characters don't fall into any contrived "Hollywood" relationship. It is filled with yearning and doubt and What Ifs that actually mirror real life. Even with this, it's the kind of film that can easily lend itself to a description such as "cliché." I've seen some others gripe about how, like some criticized Once, music is used to cheat a flimsy story. Ignore that, drop the pretensions, and give in and it's sweet charm will have you. If as I suspect, like myself, that most of you reading this consider music to be a large part of your life I think you will enjoy Begin Again as much as I did.
Once is in Limited Release currently, playing in NYC at the Angelika and Union Square 13. Trailer for Begin Again, plus a few stills as well as shots from the its press conference yesterday at the Crosby St. Hotel, below...
Marketa Irglova at MNFW 2011 (more by Autumn Andel)
The Swell Season's Marketa Irglova is working on her second solo album, entitled Muna, and she's just announced a one-off NYC show at Le Poisson Rouge on October 10. She'll be joined by a band and playing songs from the upcoming release, as well as stuff from her last solo album, Anar, and some promised "old favorites" (one would imagine that would indicate some stuff from Once). Tickets for the show go on sale Friday.
In semi-related news, more folks than not first heard Marketa from the 2006 film Once which costarred Glen Hansard of The Swell Season. That film's writer/director, John Carney, has a new film out this summer that also mixes music and romance. Begin Again stars Mark Ruffalo as a washed up music biz exec and Keira Knightly as a singer/songwriter he discovers. The films also features CeeLo Green (who plays with Lionel Richie tonight at Jones Beach), Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) and Maroon 5's Adam Levine. The film opens around the country on Friday (6/27) and you can watch the trailer below.
Snow Tha Product
I fuck with her. I like gangsta bitches. We met at South by Southwest and may do a song together. She's thick, she's pretty, but she's not showing her ass. She wants people to hear her lyrics and not that other mess. If she wanted to take off her clothes, men would just die. But they have to respect her for what she's saying--having a nice body and being pretty is just a plus.The above quote is about Mexican-American rapper Snow Tha Product by Three Six Mafia's Gangsta Boo who reviewed her for VICE alongside other fellow female rappers Azealia Banks, Iggy Azalea, Brooke Candy, Angel Haze, Kilo Kish, Kitty Pryde, and more. Not long ago Snow released the Good NIghts & Bad Mornings 2 mixtape which featured guest spots from Ty Dolla $ihn, Cyhi The Prynce and others and incudes standout single "Cookie Cutter Bitches." You can watch the video for that one below. A full length is set to follow sometime this year.
Snow just announced the 'F#*K Your Plans, Come Kick It Tour' tour which brings her to NYC for a show on March 5 at Santos Party House. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed on the tour flyer below.
In other rap news, Chicago rapper Lil Durk, who has gotten some internet love lately, will make his way to NYC for a show on Thursday (1/30) at BB King's. Local fave Troy Ave is on the bill too, as is Chinx. Tickets are on sale now. Watch Lil Durk's video for "Dis Ain't What U Want" below.
A bunch of great local rappers, Kool A.D., Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Meyhem Lauren and Lakutis, will all team up for a hometown show on February 9 at SOB's. Tickets are on sale.
First Brooklyn Bowl announced that Black Star (Talib Kweli & Yasiin Bey) would perform tonight, then that was cancelled and it was announced that Yasiin (fka Mos Def) would play tonight (12/17) at Highline Ballroom. Well, now that show is not happening either. Says Highline's website: "This show has been postponed due to circumstances beyond Yasiin's control. New date TBA. Refunds available point of purchase."
UPDATE: Though Mos Def and Black Star's shows are cancelled, Talib Kweli & Friends are now set to play Brooklyn Bowl tonight (12/17) with a live band and special guest Jean Grae. Tickets for tonight's show are on sale now. Let's hope this one actually happens.
Black Star at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It was announced over the weekend that Black Star (the duo of Mos Def and Talib Kweli) would be teaming back up for a show at Brooklyn Bowl this Tuesday (12/17). However, not long after being announced, tickets were off sale and then it was announced that the show was cancelled. Brooklyn Bowl tweeted, "Due to circumstances beyond our control, Black Star on Tues, Dec 17 is cancelled. We hope to reschedule & apologize for any inconvenience." And Mos Def posted on his Facebook page, "Attention -- contrary to liars reports there will be no (Blackstar) show at Brooklyn Bowl 12/17. Peace."
Mos Def (aka Yasiin Bey) will instead be playing his own show the same night, Tuesday (12/17) at Highline Ballroom, the "only official" Yasiin Bey show in New York on 12/17. Tickets for that show are available.
As the month-long fast of Ramadan starts this evening (7/8), Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) is protesting -- and raising awareness of -- the force feeding of more than 100 hunger-striking detainees currently being held at Guantanamo Bay by undergoing the prodedure himself and has released a video of it happening.
Many Muslim and human rights groups have urged President Obama to halt force-feeding of prisoners during Ramadan. The video was made by human rights charity Reprieve and Bafta-award winning director Asif Kapadia. You can watch it (via The Guardian) below -- it is not pleasant viewing.
Cheap Time at Chaos in Tejas in 2011 (more by Harriet Roberts)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Cheap Time, Shockwave Riderz, Vim Dicta @ Pianos
While it's a night off from their tour with Social Distortion, there's no rest from Nashville's glammy, furious Cheap Time who headline tonight at Pianos. We're also curious to check out Shockwave Riderz which features a few members from Modey Lemon and whose new EP is worth checking out.
When Saints Go Machine, Rush Midnight, Rumors @ Glasslands
Soulful, dance-oriented Danish act When Saints Go Machine make their U.S. debut tonight. Two '80s-inflected openers -- Rush Midnight and Rumors -- round out the bill. Tickets are still available.
Dawes @ Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
Dawes brought their tour through NYC for a big show at Terminal 5 on Saturday (6/22) and they're hanging around for something much more intimate: an acoustic show at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe tonight. Support comes from Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion. Sold out. They'll be back in the area later this summer for a Capitol Theatre show (7/24) with Shovels & Rope (tickets).
FaltyDL (DJ), DJ DRM @ Le Bain
NYC's UK-garage-inspired producer FaltyDL was pretty busy last month with his tour with James Blake and his participation in the Red Bull Music Academy residency, and now that he's had some time off, he'll be DJing a 'Giant Step' party in his hometown at Le Bain tonight.
Phantom Family Halo, Invisible Things, Chris Grier & GIbby Haynes, Diamond Terrifier, Martin Bisi @ The Bowery Electric
The Bowery Electric is hosting a pretty solid, diverse lineup tonight with psychedelic indie rockers Phantom Family Halo, US Maple/Parts & Labor-related band Invisible Things, the acoustic duo of Chris Grier (To Live & Shave in LA) and Chris Haynes (Butthole Surfers), experimental saxist Diamond Terrifier, and no wave pioneer Martin Bisi. $8 gets you in at the door.
Lefto, Francois K (Deep Space) @ Cielo
Francois K's weekly Monday night dance party Deep Space goes down again tonight at Cielo with a set from Lefto. Free admission and complimentary vodka cocktails until 11 PM.
Saintseneca, Jeff Rosenstock, Archipelago @ Death by Audio
Death by Audio's got a mostly folk/pop-punk bill tonight with Saintseneca, Jeff Rosenstock (of Bomb the Music Industry), and Archipelago. $7 at the door.
Wale @ Best Buy Theater
Wale is releasing his new album, The Gifted, this week (6/25), and to celebrate, he'll play a NYC release show at Best Buy Theater tonight. Souls of Liberty open and tickets are still available.
There's some good comedy tonight too like Wyatt Cenac's Night Train at Littlefield, Broken Comedy w/ Hannibal Buress & more at Matchless, Mike Birbligia at Union Hall, Whiplash at UCB, and more
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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The 2013 Blue Note Jazz Festival starts today in NYC and runs the entire month of June at various venues around the city. Now in its third year, the fest includes a wide range of music, not just strictly jazz. Tonight's kickoff (6/1) events include The Dizzie Gilespie All-Star Big Band at the festival's namesake club (tickets).
Other events at the fest: Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars on Sunday (6/2) at Brooklyn Bowl (tickets); Saul Williams at Highline Ballroom on June 11 (tickets); WyClef Jean at B.B. King Blues Club on June 19 (tickets); a free show with Yasiin Bey (FKA Mos Def) at Central Park Summerstage on June 24; and Wayne Shorter's 80th Birthday Celebration at Town Hall on June 28 (tickets).
For full schedule, visit the Blue Note Jazz Festival's website.
As discussed, Erykah Badu and Yasiin Bey have joined forces for a fascinating show called "YOU'RE CAUSING QUITE A DISTURBANCE":
A collaboration with four-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and 2012-2013 Brooklyn Phil Artist-in-Residence ERYKAH BADU and 2011-2012 Brooklyn Phil Artist-in-Residence YASIIN BEY (Mos Def) Featuring new arrangements from Badu's 2008 album New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War by Brooklyn composer TED HEARNE (plus original music by Hearne) as well as the legendary arrangements of Yasiin Bey's songs by composer DEREK BERMEL (plus original music by Bermel)The June 8 show at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House have sold out, but a second show has been added the next night (6/9). Tickets go on sale on May 20.
In related news, Brothers Hypnotic, a film about the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble will screen for free on Friday (5/17) as part of the Rooftop Films series, and will feature a live appearance from the group who have worked with both Badu and Bey.
Erykah Badu at Afropunk 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
"Queen of Neo-Soul" Erykah Badu has some scattered live dates scheduled for this year and she'll be making a trip to NYC for a pretty busy weekend here in June. For one, she was added to NYC festival Governors Ball, which goes down on Randall's Island from June 7 - 9. Tickets for that festival are still available.
While she's here, she'll be performing her 2008 album, New Amerykah Part One (4th World War), live at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on June 8 with the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the Brooklyn Philharmonic's 2011-2012 Artist-in-Residence Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), who will also be performing a "reprise of selected works" from his 2012 Brooklyn Philharmonic installment, with Lena Horne and the Bed-Stuy Tradition. This show will be taking place right next door to the Barclays Center, a venue Mos Def has some issues with. Mos Def previously performed with Erykah Badu at Afropunk Fest 2012. Tickets for the BAM show are on sale now.
A list of all Erykah Badu dates and the video for "Honey" off of New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) below...
Mos Def w/ Black Star at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Like many, Mos Def, I mean Yasiin Bey, is none too happy with all this Barclays Center business taking over his hometown. Last week, he slammed the arena in a poem called "On center.stadium.status," which you can read in full below. Now, in an interview with Vulture, he explains the poem and his stance on the venue:
Where'd you write "On.center.stadium.status."?In the interview, the emcee also made it clear that he didn't mean any of this as an attack on Jay-Z:
Yasiin Bey: I wrote that in New Orleans, on the day they were having the opening for Barclays. People were calling me and asking, "Are you gonna be there, are you gonna be there?" And it just kind of came to me, rather quickly. I have been what some people might call an opponent to the stadium. I think the word opponent has many meanings. I was concerned about what the stadium's presence in the community might do. I was concerned.
About what, exactly?
Yasiin Bey: I saw one thing that was kind of a telling sign. I was on DeKalb Avenue and Flatbush, probably two months ago, and at the intersection I saw these not-quite-so-young men, in standing traffic, trying to sell bootleg Rolling Stones T-shirts. [Laughs] I thought, "This is the trickle-down economic effect of Barclays in the neighborhood?" I didn't think of it as a positive.
In the world of hip-hop and certain parts of the media, you take a statement and you turn it into Wrestlemania, you make the Himalayas out of molehills. I wasn't interested in that. I respect Jay. I have great respect for him. I'm a fan. I'm not a fan of everything [he does] but I don't think you have to be a fan of everything that someone does to have respect for them. And you know, I'm from the town too. I'm from the same neighborhood, the same projects. My grandmothers, my moms, my uncles -- my first five years in life were at Marcy Projects. If I can't have an opinion, who can? So to quote Jay: "I'm bigging up my borough. I'm big enough to do it."Grammy Award winners Mumford and Sons just played the Brooklyn arena earlier this month (2/6) and will again tonight (2/12) (sold out). Jay-Z's (also Grammy Award winning) wife Beyonce recently sold out her upcoming show (8/3) at the venue, and added a second one (8/4). Tickets for the 8/4 show go on MasterCard presale Wednesday (2/13) at 10 AM, Live Nation presale Thursday (2/14) at 10 AM, and general on-sale Friday (2/15) at 10 AM.
Mos Def will be next door to Barclays Center in June for his show at BAM with Erykah Badu. Read his poem below...
UPDATE: This post was mostly about Sunday. Monday's cancellations HERE.
We'll keep you posted, but at the moment, Swans @ Bowery, Sic Alps @ Knitting Factory,
and the show at Cake Shop are still listed as happening. Most other Sunday night shows (and a bunch of Monday shows) we would have listed are cancelled or postponed due to Frankenstorm (Hurricane Sandy). Subways and buses stop running at 7pm which is also when people living in "Zone A" are supposed to be evacuated by.
UPDATE: The Juan Maclean's DJ set at Le Bain
is also still on (as of this post) CANCELLED too.
UPDATE: The Men are playing Don Pedro.
Union Pool doesn't have a show tonight, but is open.
ASPCA reminds you: All pets are accepted on the subway, taxi and trains during evacuation.
Fontana's says, "Hey everyone - we're going to be open this evening till we can. At least 2am. All Manhattanites workin the shifts - come keep us company."
Pianos is closed.
The Living Room is closed.
Cake Shop's show is now cancelled, but they "might still be open upstairs for fun and the bored-at-home-with-only-comic-books-you-haven't-read-yet-from-the-early-2000's. Stay tuned."
Spectre Folk, who were set to open for Sic Alps, at Knitting Factory tonight "have cancelled due to weather related travel issues. The show will go on with Sic Alps and PC Worship but will end early (10pm)." Tickets are still available.
UCB: "Due to MTA shutdown, both ASSSSCAT 3000 shows are cancelled tonight. Refunds will be issued to ticket holders."
All shows past 5:30pm at UCB East are also cancelled.
Pretty Good Friends is cancelled at Union Hall which will also be closed Monday.
The Bell House postponed an event tonight, and sadly cancelled Monday's Pat Kiernan Halloween trivia night.
Grimes, who has been in NYC the past few nights for her sold out four-night run, was set to play her last of those shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight with Elite Gymnastics and Majical Cloudz, but due to the incoming Frankenstorm, tonight's show has been cancelled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.
Mercury Lounge is also cancelled/closed.
Brooklyn Bowl is closing at 6pm.
The xx were scheduled to play their second of two shows at the Paradise Theater tonight. They write...
Due to safety concerns related to Hurricane Sandy and the MTA shutdown in New York, we have been forced to postpone our remaining shows in New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore, including tonight's show at the Paradise in the Bronx. We are working with our partners to reschedule as soon as possible, so please hang on to your tickets and we'll advise as soon as we can. We'll have another announcement coming later in the week, including information on these shows and a new run of US dates in early 2013. In the meantime, please be safe. We'll be back to see you all soon.
Tonight's Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch Wu-Block party at Highline Ballroom has been cancelled. Refunds available at point of purchase.
Villains is cancelled at Saint Vitus who write "We are closed this evening due to mandatory evacuation of "zone A". Obviously Mayor Bloomberg is not a Metal Head. We will reopen as soon as we can. In the meantime, enjoy this!"
Child Abuse at The Paper Box is cancelled.
Cat Power's Philly show at the Electric Factory has been postponed to January 2.
Brandie Carlile and Blitzen Trapper were set to play their first of two Beacon Theater shows tonight, but both tonight's show and Monday's show have been postponed.
Drom has cancelled multiple Sunday & Monday shows.
Sunday & Monday shows at Joe's Pub are cancelled.
"Due to impending hurricane, S.O.B's will be closed Monday and Tuesday. Shows will be rescheduled at a later date."
The Trey Anastasio Band show at Capitol Theater has been postponed to Monday, November 5. All tickets for tonight's show will be honored.
"Pace Presents at The Schimmel Center for the Arts is disappointed to announce that, due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the city, our 2012 Banjo Summit with BELA FLECK tonight, Sunday October 28, has been CANCELLED. We are currently in discussions with the artists regarding rescheduling this show. More information will be released as we have it. Again, our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Stay safe and dry in the storm!"
Irving Plaza says, "Tonight's Xavier Rudd show is postponed. We're working on a rescheduled date, will send out info asap. Refunds avail at point of purchase."
"BAM Rose Cinemas will close today following the 4:40 screening of Argo. The cinemas will remain closed tomorrow and possibly Tuesday."
Blue Oyster Cult at Best Buy Theater is postponed.
Maxwell's says, "tonight's show with Ours has been postponed to Sunday, December 2nd. all tickets will be honored and refunds are available as well."
Carnegie Hall's Sunday & Monday shows are cancelled or postponed.
City Winery says, "Due to the inclimate weather in the New York area and the suspension of all major travel services tonight's (10/28/12) Shawn Colvin concert has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The show has been rescheduled for February 3, 2013. In addition the Eric Hutchinson show scheduled for Monday, 10/29/12 has also been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date."
If you had been planning on celebrating Halloween with Rusko at Pacha tonight, you'll have to settle for spending New Year's with him. Tonight's show has been postponed until December 30.
UPDATE: This post was mostly about Sunday. Monday's cancellations HERE.
Jazz/hip hop/soul/etc artist Robert Glasper released the impressive Black Radio LP earlier this year and he'll follow that with an EP of remixes from the album, Black Radio Recovered - The Remix EP, this Tuesday (10/9) via Blue Note Records. The EP features remixes by 9th Wonder, Pete Rock, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Questlove, and one by Robert Glasper himself, along with Jewels. Starting this week, he's been revealing the remixes at his facebook and twitter as they premiere around the web.
Okayplayer has the 9th Wonder (featuring Phonte) remix of "Afro Blue" (ft. Erykah Badu), Complex has Pete Rock remix of "Black Radio" (ft. Yasiin Bey fka Mos Def), and Afropunk just posted the Georgia Anne Muldrow remix of "The Consequences of Jealousy." You can stream all three of those remixes below and stay tuned for the rest.
Robert Glasper is also on tour now and he'll hit NYC this month for a CMJ show, which happens on October 16 at SOB's. Tickets for that show are on sale now. He'll also return to NYC a couple months later to play Harlem Stage on December 13 and 14. He'll do two shows each night (one at 7:30 and one at 10:00). Tickets for all four of those shows are on sale now.
Speaking of 9th Wonder, he plays a Rapsody party at SOB's TONIGHT (10/3) with Josh Baze, Peter Rose, and host Peter Rosenberg (of Hot 97). Tickets for tonight's show are available.
A list of all dates and those remix streams are below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Das Racist / Spank Rock / skaters
The first day of Afro-Punk 2012 descended upon Commodore Barry Park on Saturday (8/25), bringing with it a day of live musical performance, skateboarding and dancing crowds as far as the eye could see. In addition to this second set of pictures from the Navy Yard in Brooklyn (below), check out the first set of previously posted pictures from Afro-Punk HERE.
More pics of Afro-Punk day 1, including Erykah Badu, Yasiin Bey, Das Racist, Spank Rock, Cerebral Ballzy, Oxymorrons, The Joe Jordan Experiment and more are below.
photos by Gretchen Robinette
Yasiin Bey & Erykah Badu / Cerebral Ballzy at Afropunk Fest 8/25/2012
Yasiin Bey joined headliner Erykah Badu on the first day of the 2012 edition of the Afropunk Festival, going down at Commodore Barry Park near the Navy Yard in Brooklyn on Saturday (8/25). The pair were joined on stage when Bey performed Common's verses from their hit collaboration "Love of My Life" on that Saturday evening. Video from that is below.
But of course Badu wasn't the only artist to bless the stages on Saturday, with the festival loaded with appearances from names like Das Racist, Spankrock, Cerebral Ballzy, Oxymorrons and many, many more during the nine hours of stage time. Pictures from the first day at Afropunk 2012 are below along with video of that Badu/Bey collaboration.
by Andrew Sacher
Jazz pianist/producer Robert Glasper released his fifth studio album, Black Radio, earlier this year on Blue Note Records. Recorded with his new band, Robert Glasper Experiment, it features an impressive array of guests, including Erykah Badu, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Lupe Fiasco, Bilal, Musiq Soulchild, Chrisette Michele, and more.
In addition to a number of originals, the album includes some heavily re-arranged covers including Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," David Bowie's "Letter to Hermoine," Sade's "Cherish the Day," and Afro-Cuban standard "Afro Blue." The album effortlessly brings together jazz, hip hop, soul and R&B, more so than most others that attempt similar feats. Check out some videos from the album and a live video of the Robert Glasper Experiment playing John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" below, along with a spotify stream of Black Radio.
As mentioned, Robert Glasper will be in NYC tonight (6/21) for an in-store at Apple Store West 14th Street. He'll return with the full Robert Glasper Experiment in tow along with some special guests for a free Summerstage show at Marcus Garvey Park on August 7, where Sidi Toure plays one day earlier (8/6).
A list of all dates, videos and album stream below...
Ultramagnetic MCs at ATP NJ 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As mentioned in What's going on? last night, Prodigy's upcoming "Queens Day" show at Irving Plaza, which was supposed to happen next week (6/19) has been cancelled. Though he did play a private Rock the Bells kickoff show at Santos Party House last night (6/13) with (according to the flyer) Ghostface Killah, DMX, Jadakiss, and Hit Squad
Q-Tip's "Offline" party (a DJ gig), also scheduled at Irving Plaza, is still set to happen this Friday (6/15) at the Manhattan venue.
Ghostface Killah's other upcoming shows include the free Prospect Park show on 6/23, a Wu-Block party at Highline Ballroom (8/8) (tickets on sale 6/15), and Rock the Bells with Wu-Block. The Highline show is only with Ghostface and Sheek Louch, but for Rock the Bells, the whole crew will be there (Ghostface, Raekwon, Sheek Louch, Jadakiss, and Styles P).
Ghostface and Raekwon play a free show together, and much sooner, in Toronto as part of NXNE on Sunday (6/17). Action Bronson, who plays a free show in Red Hook Park (6/19), will be at the Toronto fest too. The entire music portion of NXNE kicked off yesterday (6/13) and runs through the weekend.
Killer Mike will be at NXNE too, and his tour with El-P, Despot, and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire kicks off on Tuesday (6/19) in Atlanta. It hits NYC on July 13 at Irving Plaza. Ticketsplayed SOB's with Spaceghostpurrp in celebration of Purrp's new album, Mysterious Phonk. Purrp's also got a couple Shortcuts parties under his belt. Speaking of, one of those (sans Purrp) goes down at Santos TONIGHT (6/14) with Fat Tony and Fat Trel (tickets).
While NXNE is going on in Toronto, Brooklyn will be getting its own multi-venue music festival with Northside Festival, which also happens this weekend.
As mentioned, Kool Keith plays a Northside show at Brooklyn Bowl TONIGHT (6/14) with Lushlife. Lushlife recently dropped a remix of "She's a Buddhist, I'm a Cubist" with Angel Deradoorian, Cities Aviv, G-Side, Big Baby Gandhi, Deniro Farrar, and KDz Kenny Dennis. You can stream that below Tickets are still available for the Brooklyn Bowl show and we're also giving away a pair. Contest details are below.
As usual, Questlove will DJ the Brooklyn venue after that show (tickets).
Kool Keith also plays as part of Ultramagnetic MCs at a Northside show at MHOW on Sunday (6/17) with Phony PPL. Tickets for that show are still available. Phony PPL also play SOB's on July 24 with Blackbear. Tickets for that show are on sale.
GZA & Grupo Fantasma @ Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
And speaking of hip hop Northside shows at MHOW, GZA (backed by Grupo Fantasmo like he was a Bonnaroo) plays two (early and late) shows at the venue TONIGHT (6/14). Both are sold out, but you can try and get in with your Northside badge.
Aside from Kid Sister at Sugarland on Saturday (6/16), not much more hip hop is happening at Northside, but there are other good hip hop shows tonight and this weekend.
Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def)
plays the previously discussed show at the Apollo Theater TONIGHT (6/14) as part of Blue Note Jazz Festival. Tickets for that show are still available FOR THE SHOW THAT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 28th.
Blue Note Jazz Fest also gives us a free Central Park Summerstage show on Sunday (6/17) with Groove Theory, Soulive, Riq and Rah with Strings (Black Thought + Rahzel), and DJ Questlove.
Hip hop producer RJD2 DJs a party for the ongoing 'One Step Beyond' series at the American Museum of Natural History on Friday (6/15) with Cosmo Baker, Import/Export, and visuals by Glowing Pictures with special guest Shantell Martin. Tickets for that are available.
You can also catch Tech N9ne and Machine Gun Kelly on the Hostile Takeover Tour which takes over the NYC area on Saturday (6/16) at Starland Ballroom in NJ (tickets) and Sunday (6/17) at HIghline Ballroom (tickets). Be careful during Machine Gun Kelly's set though; TMZ reports that he was just sued $15,000 for slicing open a bouncer's finger. Ouch.
Apple Stores are hosting hip hop in-stores all month.
In other hip hop news, you can stream Black Milk's Live at Third Man Records in its entirety and J-Dilla's posthumous Rebirth of Detroit in its entirety below, along with other song streams and contest details for tonight's Kool Keith show.