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Voodoo

New Orleans music festival Voodoo Music Experience returns this year Halloween weekend from October 30 - November 1. The lineup includes Ozzy Osbourne ft. Geezer Butler, Tom Morello & Slash, Jane's Addiction, Modest Mouse, Giorgio Moroder, Chance the Rapper, Florence + the Machine, Babes In Toyland, Jack U (aka Diplo & Skrillex), Gerard Way, Joey Bada$$ & the Soul Rebels, Clutch, The Cult, Fishbone, Title Fight, Duke Dumont, Santigold, Frank Turner, Girl Talk, Hundred Waters, Deadmau5, Third Eye Blind and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full day-by-day lineup below...

Continue reading "Voodoo 2015 lineup & tix (Ozzy Osbourne, Jane's Addiction, Modest Mouse, Giorgio Moroder, Chance the Rapper, more)"

photo: Death Grips at FYF Fest 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
Death Grips

First Toronto, then Chicago, now here's the 2015 Riot Fest Denver additions: System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie, Chef'Special, Input & Broken, and... Death Grips whose current tour surprisingly includes actual shows being played!

The additions join Modest Mouse, Pixies, Snoop Dogg (playing Doggystyle), Ice Cube (playing Straight Outta Compton remix), Rancid (playing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Iggy Pop, Run DMC, Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Explosions in The Sky, Thrice, Babes In Toyland, Anthrax, Testament, The Damned, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, GZA, De La Soul, Desaparecidos, Nada Surf, The Lawrence Arms, The Get Up Kids, The Vandals, American Nightmare, Joyce Manor, 7 Seconds and more.

Riot Fest Denver happens August 28-30 at the Western Rodeo Complex. Tickets are still available. Updated poster and lineup below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Denver 2015 adds Death Grips, System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie & more (updated lineup)"

Riot Fest Chicago 2015

Following the Riot Fest Toronto lineup additions, the 2015 Riot Fest Chicago lineup has now been expanded. Additions include System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie and Chef'Special.

They join Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, BIlly Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix(, Drive Like Jehu, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, The Damned, Death, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, and more.

Riot Fest Chicago goes down September 11-13 in Douglas Park. Tickets are still available. Updated lineup below.

Update: Denver additions announced too.

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago 2015 adds System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie & more to lineup"

photo: Weezer at Bowery Ballroom in 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Weezer

The blanks have been filled in for the Riot Fest Toronto 2015 lineup. Most excitingly, Weezer is playing their two best albums (Blue Album and Pinkerton), and in addition to that, there's The Prodigy, Cancer Bats, Bleachers, Courage My Love and Ritual.

The new additions join Wu-Tang Clan, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Motorhead (who announced a tour today), Echo & the Bunnymen, Thrice, Babes In Toyland, GWAR, Against Me!, Thurston Moore, and more. This year's Riot Fest Toronto happens September 19-20 in Downsview Park.

Tickets are back on sale. Updated poster below.

Riot Fest Chicago additions here. Denver here.

Continue reading "Riot Fest Toronto 2015 lineup additions (Weezer playing 'Blue' and 'Pinkerton,' The Prodigy, Cancer Bats, more)"

UPDATE: More artists added.

Riot Fest

First Toronto, then Denver, now the Riot Fest Chicago 2015 lineup is announced. It includes Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix), Alkaline Trio, Taking Back Sunday, Drive Like Jehu, Merle Haggard, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, Thrice, The Lawrence Arms, The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts and Pussy), Jimmy Cliff, The Damned, Against Me!, Living Colour, Fishbone, Death, Hum, GWAR, Civ, The Thurston Moore Band, Echo & the Bunnymen, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, FIDLAR, Andrew WK, Steve Ignorant & Paranoid Visions, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang, Tommy Stinson and many more, plus a few more TBA.

Tickets are on sale now. This year happens at the new location of Douglas Park from September 11-13. All currently announced artists are listed below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago 2015: Faith No More, Billy Idol, Lifetime, Hum, Desaparecidos, Civ, Ice Cube, Merle Haggard & more"

UPDATE: More artists added.

Riot Fest

We just posted the Riot Fest Toronto lineup, and here's the Riot Fest Denver 2015 lineup: Modest Mouse, Pixies, Snoop Dogg (playing Doggystyle), Iggy Pop, Tenacious D, Ice Cube & special guests (playing Straight Outta Compton remix), Run DMC, Rancid (playing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Explosions in the Sky, Cypress Hill, Alkaline Trio, Thrice, Babes In Toyland, Anthrax, The Damned, Eagles of Death Metal, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, GZA, De La Soul, Testament, Desaparecidos, Nada Surf, The Lawrence Arms, Andrew WK, GWAR, The Black Lips, The Dead Milkmen, The Get Up Kids, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, The Vandals, 7 Seconds, Joyce Manor, OFF!, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang and many more. A few more bands, including two headliners, TBA.

Tickets are on early bird sale now. This year, the fest happens at the new location of Western Rodeo Complex from August 28-30.

UPDATE: Chicago announced too.

All currently announced Denver bands are listed below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Denver 2015: Modest Mouse, Pixies, Iggy Pop, Run DMC, L7, Snoop Dogg, American Nightmare, 7Seconds, more"

UPDATE: More artists added.

Riot Fest

Riot Fest Toronto returns in 2015 from September 19-20 in Downsview Park, and today the initial lineup has been announced. There's Wu-Tang Clan, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, Echo & the Bunnymen, Thrice, Alexisonfire, Eagles of Death Metal, Against Me!, Babes In Toyland, GWAR, The Thurston Moore Band, DOA, The Dead Milkmen, Moneen, Atmosphere, Doomtree, Andrew WK, FIDLAR, Tyler the Creator, and many more. Two of the headliners are TBA, one of which is performing an album in full, and a few other bands will be added too.

Tickets go on sale June 16, the same day that the full lineup will be announced.

UPDATE: Chicago and Denver announced too.

All currently announced Toronto bands are listed below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Toronto 2015 lineup: Wu-Tang, Rancid, Motorhead, Drive Like Jehu, Bunnymen, Gwar, Babes In Toyland, more"

photo: Moss Icon at LPR in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Moss Icon

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Moss Icon, Guerilla Toss, Beech Creeps, Multicult, Voice Coils @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Moss Icon were initially around in the late '80s and early '90s and played a type of post-hardcore that influenced many of the emo bands who came in their wake. They've been reunited for a few years, but chances to see them are few and far between. Not to mention this is free, and the openers are pretty good too.

Monty Python @ Beacon Theatre
Part of the Tribeca Film Festival, the surviving Pythons will all be on hand for this screening of The Holy Grail which is 40 years old this year. Try not to yell "Ni!" to much if you're going, ok?

The Juan Maclean (live), Heidemann (live) @ Union Pool
Now in the second half of their six-show Brooklyn residency, DFA mainstays The Juan Maclean move to Union Pool for the final three shows. They're playing as a four-piece and we hear their Cameo shows last weekend were killer. Sold out.

Hurray for the Riff Raff, Clear Plastic Masks, Gill Landry @ Bowery Ballroom
Hurray for the RIff Raff put out Small Town Heroes on ATO last year, which was the kind of country indebted to decades-old styles rather than the genre's current trends, without sounding retro. Tonight's their first of two sold-out NYC shows on this tour.

Expert Alterations, Tall Juan, Green Pages @ Threes Brewing Co
A fine night of jangly, '80s-style indiepop awaits at this Gowanus venue/brewery tonight with Slumberland Records' newest band, Expert Alterations, headlining. Also on the bill are Green Pages which features members of The Beets, Sapphire Mansions and Cause Co-Motion.

Incantation, FaithXtractor, Putrisect @ Saint Vitus
US death metal vets Incantation may have had a handful of lineup changes over the year, but they're still kicking with new albums (like last year's Dirges of Elysium) and tours.

Hivern Discs (John Talabot, Marc Pinol), JDH & Dave P, Frank Tony @ Output
The Hivern Discs label is sponsoring this DJ tour which features an extended set tonight for Talabot who is promising to testing out new material on club-goers.

Iamsu!, Rome Fortune, Dave Steezy, Chris Miles, Mani Draper, Vashtie @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
These two rappers, California's Iamsu! and Atlanta's Rome Fortune, are currently on tour together and hitting NYC tonight with a handful of openers.

John Mellencamp, Carlene Carter @ Apollo Theater
Having recently released new album Plain Spoken, John Mellencamp brings his rousing, no-nonsense heartland rock to the Apollo tonight.

Livver, Rozamov, Godmaker, Dead Empires @ The Acheron
Seattle's Livver mix noise and hardcore, and they're joined by some cool openers tonight including Boston's sludgy Rozamov.

Shellshag, Crazy & The Brains, Coconut Milk, Drilling For Blasting @ Silent Barn
Two distinct forces in the local scene team up for this show: there's long-running eccentric rock duo Shellshag, and NJ's Crazy & the Brains who throw xylophones into classic-style punk.

Yelawolf @ Rough Trade
Southern rapper Yelawolf has a new album which he celebrates with today's in-store and signing. To get in, you have to purchase the new album from the Rough Trade NYC store and get a wristband.

Mumblr, Soda Bomb, Twag, Hypoluxo, The Obsessives @ 104 Emerson Place
Lomg Island's Soda Bomb make crunchy, fuzzy power pop that fans of Wavves and Weezer will probably dig.

Tim Fite, Shiro & the Raw Dogs, Joey G, Drewseph @ Black Bear Bar
Brooklyn artist Tim Fite's last album was 2014's iBeenHACKED, which he described as "a music/art project satirizing and celebrating the highs and lows of digital culture, examining the ways technology and connectivity are hacking our daily lives, and altering the codes that we live by."

Dead Leaf Echo, Spires, Dinowalrus @ Alphaville
Anglophile alert: while none of these three shoegazybands are actually from the UK, most of their record collections probably are. This is a good triple bill for anyone who owns Ride or Primal Scream albums.

Breakfast In Fur, Rhino House Band, Maybird, Sam Yield @ Cake Shop
Hudson Valley quartet Breakfast In Fur make anthemic, sweeping dreampop, as can be heard on their recently-released Flyaway Garden.

San Fermin, Son Little @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
With a sound somewhere between indie and Broadway, San Fermin make stirring, baroque pop. This is their second of two release shows at MHOW for their new album, Jackrabbit.

For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.

For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Yelawolf at North Coast Music Festival 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
Yelawolf

Alabama rapper Yelawolf can be a little hit or miss -- he totally kills it sometimes, like on his "1 Train" verse, but it often feels like we could without his country rap songs and Kid Rock collaborations. His sophomore album Love Story is due April 21 via Slumerican, Shady Records and Interscope, and we're hoping it's more of the hit than the miss. Newest single "Whiskey In A Bottle" certainly has his abilities as an MC on display, as you can hear for yourself below.

Yelawolf's touring this year too. This week, he hits California's Musink Festival, which was curated by his collaborator Travis Barker. Yelawolf plays day 3 and the current version of Travis's band blink-182 plays that day too.

Yelawolf comes to NYC on May 12 at Brooklyn Bowl with support from Hillbilly Casino. Tickets for that show go on sale today (3/17) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with that video, below...

Continue reading "Yelawolf touring, prepping second album (dates, video)"

Blink-182

FIRST A BLIZZARD, and NOW THIS?!?!

Today, the Travis Barker-presented Musink Festival was announced for March 20-22 in Costa Mesa, CA with Bad Religion, Rancid, Yelawolf, OFF!, Sick of It All, Ignite and Travis's own band billed as blink-182 w/ Matt Skiba (who you may know as the frontman of Alkaline Trio).

It's billed that way because, as Radio.com reports, Tom Delonge has quit blink-182:

"We were all set to play this festival and record a new album and Tom kept putting it off without reason. A week before we were scheduled to go in to the studio we got an email from his manager explaining that he didn't want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinitely, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors." Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus plan to honor all Blink-182 commitments including the Musink Festival and are excited to have singer/guitarist Matt Skiba join them for this project. "No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans." Additionally, Skiba will continue to make new music and tour with the Alkaline Trio.
Tom also quit via an email from his manager in 2005, but the band didn't continue without him that time. The Mark... Matt, and Travis show?

UPDATE: Tom is now saying that he didn't quit the band. He posted the following:

To all the fans, I never quit the band. I actually was on a phone call about a blink 182 event for New York City at the time all these weird press releases started coming in... Apparently those releases were 'sanctioned' from the band. Are we dysfunctional- yes. But, Christ..... #Awkward #BabyBackRibs
"The ONLY truth here is that I have commitments that limit my availability this year. I love Blink-182 and I'm not leaving," he added, to Entertainment Weekly.

UPDATE 2: Mark and Travis open up about in a new very revealing interview with Rolling Stone. Travis says "I think he's just bummed because Mark and I were finally honest," and "It's hard to cover for someone who's disrespectful and ungrateful." Read more here.

Tickets to see "blink-182 w/ Matt Skiba" and other bands at Musink Fest go on sale at 10 AM PST on Friday (1/30). Full lineup below...

Continue reading "Tom Delonge quits blink-182?"

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Tickets for the newly-added second Culture Club show at Beacon Theatre go on sale today at 11 AM. Night 1 is sold out.

Yelawolf is playing Gramercy Theatre on Decmber 16. Tickets for that show go on sale today at 10 AM.

Blue Oyster Cult is playing The Space At Westbury on October 18. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Tame Impala show at Beacon Theatre with Delicate Steve go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for The Thurston Moore Band shows at Saint Vitus and Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the BV-sponsored Lifetime show at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the NYC date of 2014's Check Yo Ponytail Tour at Warsaw featuring The Presets, Antwon and others go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the GWAR shows at Starland Ballroom and Irving Plaza go on sale today at noon and 10 AM, respectively.

Tickets for The Wytches show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their Baby's All Right show go on sale at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Natural Child show at Baby's All Right go on sale today at 10 AM.

Tickets for the Har Mar Superstar and The Pizza Underground show at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon. Tickets for the Knitting Factory show are still available.

Tickets for The Grifters' show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their Glasslands show are still available.

Tickets for the Nude Beach show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the newly-added YACHT and White Fang show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon. While the other Merc show is sold out, tickets for their Rough Trade show are still available.

Tickets for Blonde Redhead's newly-added third NYC show, happening at Bowery Ballroom, go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their other two shows are still available.

Tickets for Lucero's three-night run at Bowery Ballroom go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the The Shivers show at Mercury Lounge go on sale today at noon.

Worriers, Arm Candy and Chandeli'ers are playing Death By Audio on September 2. No advance tickets.

Heaven's Gate, Raw McCartney, Milk Dick, Bodega Bay and Pill are playing Death By Audio on September 13. No advance tickets.

Shellshag, Crow Bait, Murmers, Pretty Pretty and Magnets are playing Death By Audio on September 27. No advance tickets.

There's a screening for the new Alice Cooper documentary, Super Duper Alice Cooper, at Kauffmann Concert Hall on October 27, followed by a conversation with Alice himself led by Rolling Stone's Anthony DeCurtis. Tickets for that event are on sale now.

Tickets for the Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers show at Best Buy Theater go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Cheap Girls show at Asbury Lanes go on sale today at noon. Tickets for their Saint Vitus show should be on sale soon via Ticketfly.

Tickets for the Allah-Las show at Music Hall of Williamsburg go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die and The Hotelier show at CT's The Space go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Def Jam 30th Anniversary Concert at Barclays Center featuring Rick Ross, Warren G, EPMD, Method Man, Jeremih and many more go on sale today at noon.

Bear Hands are playing Bowery Ballroom on October 6. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Flosstradamus, GTA and Curtis Williams w/ Two-9 show at Terminal 5 go on sale today at noon.

Tickets for the Cold Specks show at Rough Trade go on sale today at noon.

Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.

Browse our NYC Concert Calendar for shows happening today and every day - comedy shows, heavy metal concerts (courtesy of our heavy metal blog), and free shows included.

Osheaga 2013

Osheaga Festival is returning to Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau from August 2-4. This year's lineup includes The Cure, Mumford and Sons, Phoenix, New Order, Vampire Weekend, Kendrick Lamar, Hot Chip, Alt-J, Beach House, Explosions in the Sky, Big Boi, Baauer, Father John Misty, Disclosure, Frightened Rabbit, Angel Haze, Jessie Ware, DIIV, Guards, and many more.

3-Day passes go on sale Friday (3/15) at noon. There are still over 20 artists TBA, but you can browse the complete initial lineup below...

Continue reading "Osheaga Festival 2013 lineup & tickets (The Cure, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Kendrick Lamar, New Order and more)"

DOWNLOAD: Yelawolf & Travis Barker - "Push Em" (feat. Tim Armstrong) (MP3)

Ninjasonik at Bowery Ballroom in July (more by Leia Jospe)
Ninjasonik

Brooklyn bands/friends/collaborators Japanther and Ninjasonik have a local show coming up together which happens on November 27 at Cameo Gallery. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

In addition to that show together, both groups also have other upcoming shows in the area. Ninjasonik will play a CMJ show at The Studio at Webster Hall on October 18 with Chuck Inglish of The Cool Kids, Vault Boys (Heroes & Villains), MopTop, Chase N Cashe, ASAP TyY, GDP, Vyle, Blvckalfred, and Curtains. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Meanwhile, Japanther will open for the current incarnation of The Misfits at their annual Halloween show, which happens at Highline Ballroom (10/31) with Attack and Heart of the Matter. Tickets for that show are still available. After that, they'll head out on a tour supporting The Coup which hits NYC on December 6 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public Friday (10/5) at noon. All dates on that tour are listed below.

Chuck Inglish & Travis Barker
Chuck and Travis

Speaking of Chuck Inglish, yesterday (10/2) he revealed on twitter that he's working on an instrumental album with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. That's the two of them pictured above in the studio together. Travis, who has a longtime interest/involvement in hip hop, is also releasing an EP with rapper Yelawolf, titled Psycho White, which is due out on November 13 via Shady/Ghet-O-Vision/Interscope Records. The EP features two collaborations with Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong, and you can download one of those, "Push Em," at the top of this post or stream it below, if you dare.

That stream and a list of all dates below.

Continue reading "Ninjasonik & Japanther playing shows (together & separately); Chuck Inglish releasing album w/ Travis Barker"

MFNW 2012

The 2012 edition of MusicFestNW takes place in September 5 - 9 at 18 venues in Portland, OR and will feature performances from over 150 bands, including Passion Pit, Hot Snakes, Girl Talk, Danny Brown, Beirut Silversun Pickups, Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh, many more.

In addition to those previously announced artists, MFNW has just added The Hives, Flying Lotus, Wild Nothing, DIIV, Quasi, Moon Duo, My Goodness, DZ Deathrays, and Strand Of Oaks to the already impressive line-up. Wristbands, available various levels and packages, and tickets to individual shows are on sale now. Check out the complete MFNW lineup below.

Continue reading "MusicFestNW 2012 lineup expands (The Hives, Flying Lotus, Quasi, DIIV, Passion Pit, Hot Snakes, Beirut, Swans & many more)"

Bon Iver at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Bon Iver

Bon Iver recorded an iTunes session at East West studios which is available exclusively from iTunes starting today. It includes six tracks off 2011's great Bon Iver, Bon Iver and a cover of Bjork's "Who Is It?," which the band has played live many times. You can stream the session's opening track, "Beth/Rest" below.

As mentioned, Bon Iver is touring internationally throughout the summer and fall and will come to NYC on September 19 and 20 at Radio City Music Hall. Both of those shows are now sold out. All Bon Iver dates, including a recently announced European leg, are listed below.

Speaking of Bjork, she's teaming up with the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create interactive educational programs for middle school-aged students based on her Biophilia app. Speaking about the program, Bjork said:

"It's not a bookish thing. You cannot learn to make music from a book." "I love books; they're like the best ever," she added. "There are things you can only learn from books, but it's also important to introduce the physical aspects. So for me, it was very important to make, somehow, music education that was physical." (via NY Daily News)
Both Bon Iver and Bjork are set to play Oya Festival in Oslo, Norway this summer (Aug 7-11) with The Stone Roses, Refused, The Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould (performing Copper Blue), Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, John Maus, Purity Ring, Saint Etienne, SBTRKT, Screaming Females, St. Vincent, and more. Full list below.

Way Out West (Aug 9-11) in Gothenberg, Sweden features many of the same bands as Oya like Bon Iver, Refused, Afghan Whigs, St. Vincent, Purity Ring, John Maus, and Bob Mould in addition to Blur, Wilco, I Break Horses, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Mark Lanegan Band, Adolescents, Swans, and more. Check out the spotify playlist. The full lineup is listed below.

As mentioned, the reunited Mazzy Star is set to play both of those European festivals. Full lineups and the Bon Iver dates and song, below...

Continue reading "Bon Iver's new iTunes session, Bjork's new program at the NYPL & the full Oya & Way Out West festival lineups"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Kendrick Lamar/Alabama Shakes
Bonnaroo 2012 - Day 1
Bonnaroo 2012 - Day 1

[Kendrick] Lamar hails from gangsta rap central: Compton, Calif. But instead of directing his anger at the police, women or outsiders, he criticizes himself and his environment, and he projects far more ambition than victimization. One song, "She Needs Me," praised a career woman-a rare creature in hip-hop. Mr. Lamar uses hip-hop's love of raunch and brand names (especially fashion labels and upscale alcohol) as teaching tools. Both, for him, are incidental to tales of striving, self-improvement and overcoming a rough past, delivered with a cutting rasp and fast, complicated meter shifts.

Yelawolf had a rasp, too, putting an edge on boasts and defensiveness; he's a white rapper, still an uncomfortable position even though he is signed to the label of another white rapper, Eminem. He battles any doubts with self-assertion and defiance, as his raps often toggle into doubletime to insist on his virtuosity. But his set was padded with a D.J. showcase and cover songs, including a tribute to Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys.

[Danny] Brown has two voices-a stentorian bark and a nasal, cartoonish whine-for raps about sex and death. He switches between them, over sparse, booming tracks, as his rhymes switch between wildly imaginative imagery and boasts about his potency. The raunch has plenty of singalong lines, and the Bonnaroo audience shouted them all with him. [NY Times]

Bonnaroo kicked off yesterday (6/7) with sets from three very different rappers to have recently hit the scene (as noted in the NY Times review above), along with sets from The Cave Singers, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., White Denim, Alabama Shakes, Mariachi El Bronx, Phantogram and others. More pictures from Day 1 are in this post.

If you aren't in Manchester, TN for the festival, have you been following along online? More Bonnaroo coverage to come. More pics from Day 1 below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo Day 1 in pics (Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes, Danny Brown, White Denim, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr & more)"

Bumbershoot

The 2012 music lineup was announced today for Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival, which is produced by non-profit arts organization One Reel and takes place over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-3, at Seattle Center. The 42-year-old urban festival stands on top nationally in its variety as it showcases both familiar and up-and-coming regional and national talent in many musical genres, as well as in comedy, theater, literary and visual arts, dance, film and children's programming.

Bumbershoot's Mainstage in KeyArena will feature two multi-act performances each day. Artists scheduled to perform there include groundbreaking alternative rock band Jane's Addiction, jazz legend Tony Bennett, electronic phenom Skrillex, a hip hop double bill with Mac Miller and Big Sean, M83, and AWOLNATION among others. Additional Mainstage acts will be announced in coming weeks.

Tickets are all-inclusive. All festival offerings, including Mainstage admission on a first-come, first-served basis (no separate pass required), and late-night electronic music curated by Decibel Festival for Bumbershoot After Dark, are included in the price of a single-day or 3-day ticket
The complete Bumbershoot 2012 lineup below...

Continue reading "Bumbershoot 2012 lineup (Jane's Addiction, Tony Bennett & Skrillex are the headliners)"

Bonnaroo

"Superfly Presents and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The 11th annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 7 - 10 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2012 lineup will total over 125 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days.Tickets for the event will go on sale on this Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 12 noon EST exclusively at bonnaroo.com."
Radiohead, Beach Boys, Phish, Little Dragon, SBTRKT, The Antlers, Bad Brains, Laura Marling, St. Vinent, Tune-Yards, Flying Lotus, and many more are playing Bonnaroo this year. Full list below...

Continue reading "Bonnaroo 2012 lineup announced"

Toots & the Maytals are returning to Brooklyn Bowl on 3/25 and 3/27. Tickets, at the links, on sale at noon.

Yelawolf is playing Brooklyn Bowl on 3/13. Tickets on sale at noon.

Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon for the recently-added Magnetic Fields show at Beacon Theater.

Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon for the Converge show at Music Hall of Williamsburg which Pianos Become The Teeth is opening.

Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon for the Nada Surf show at Music Hall.

Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon for the Chavez show at Bowery Ballroom.

Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon for the 2nd Rob Delaney show at Bowery Ballroom.

That previously announced Nite Jewel show at Bowery Ballroom finally has a ticket link and it goes on sale Thursday at noon.

Tickets also go on sale Thursday for another War on Drugs show.

Another Roger Waters presale starts Thursday.

photos by Andrew St. Clair, words by Andrew Sacher

Yelawolf

Fast-talking Alabama rapper Yelawolf was set to release his debut LP Radioactive on September 27 via Ghet-O-Vision/Shady/DGC/Interscope. A recently issued press release announced that the release date has been pushed back to October 25. The album features guest appearances by Big Boi, Eminem, and others. Producers include SupaHotBeats, Justice League, The Audibles, and Diplo. He released the first single from the album, "Hard White (Up in the Club" ft. Lil Jon on August 8. You can stream the track below and purchase it on iTunes. Expect a video soon.

Yelawolf is going on tour in support of the album this September and October with Rittz and DJ Craze. That tour (all dates below) hits NYC the day of the album's new release date, October 25 at Irving Plaza. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/19) at 10 AM.

Yelawolf recently finished up a run on the Warped Tour. Check out a belated set of pictures from both the Nassau Coliseum & Monmouth Park shows, along with all dates and the song stream below...

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words & photos by Andrew Frisicano

Wednesday

Twin Shadow @ Fader Fort
Twin Shadow

A crowded backyard tent filled with cigarette smoke, free open-faced tacos (pork, chicken, brisket or veggie), a man carting a dolly of Lone Star cases through the crowd, and a pair of middle-aged guys picking a fight with each other on a Wednesday afternoon. "Doesn't he know I'm a ticking time bomb?" the offended guy says, a bit like he's not joking. JEFF the Brotherhood is playing too, which is more or less the occasion for all of this, my first show of SXSW 2011. The JEFF brothers aren't really the focus though, since they'll be playing a dozen other times this week, and most of the people are concentrating on the tacos, their conversations or their inability to get away from the door of the totally (did I say?) packed room.

In spite of that, the band is tearing through songs from Heavy Days and their new LP We Are the Champions, and between songs tossing out free vinyl singles into the crowd: "Those are going to slice someone's neck open," says Jake before slinging a few more across the room. They go into "Bummer," a ballady, Dino Jr.-style headbanger, that's one of the standout new tunes.

Trash Talk @ BV/Feed the Beat Day Party (photo by Samantha Marble)
Kylesa

Ty Segall's entertaining and totally worthwhile band is up next, but the BrookylnVegan day show at Emo's is also currently happening, the highlight of which has to be the simulatneous staging of Cali punks Trash Talk (who went on before Kylesa) and Mister Heavenly (who went on before Surfer Blood). Mister Heavenly are a supergroup of-sorts you've heard about. On the inside, Trash Talk frontman Lee Spielman towers over everyone with the body of a scarecrow and a scary-as-hell perma-scowl; he smashes his forehead with the microphone a few times to draw blood. "Stick around for Surfer Blood," he says, before crawling into the crowd and standing on what I can only hope were someone's shoulders. People start edging toward the door. On the outside stage, Mr. Heavenly performs an appropriately lovely set, its two frontmen trading verses in their own styles.

After that, the Fader Fort brought Twin Shadow on stage, the bedroom-pop project of George Lewis Jr. that's become a wildly good live band. For an outdoor venue, the system sounded impressively balanced and clear - which would turn out to be a rarity at the festival. That was 'specially good for Yelawolf, whose songs sounded vital in a way that your iPod just can't do. With no crew to speak of, his solo athletics put in an early bid for best-of.

Yelawolf @ Fader Fort
Yelawolf

Later that night at Stubb's, Yuck and James Blake played what would be the first of several for both. Both did well on the big stage, a portent of things to come, vibing out in their respective styles: fuzz rock and chilled-out pop. Check out both of their sets for yourself at NPR- Blake and Yuck.

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Talib & Res
Talib Res

Tickets are still available for the next 5 Questlove DJ gigs at Brooklyn Bowl.

Tickets are also on sale for a Talib Kweli show happening at Brooklyn Bowl on February 1st with J-Live, K-Salaam, and Mad Sol Desar.

You can also catch Talib on February 10th when he teams up with Res (and Graph Nobel?) to form Idle Warship at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Dead Prez, Ninjasonik (who also play the same venue on 3/26), The Wellington Papers and "Special Surprise Performances." Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

That same night, 2/10, is when Black Milk is at SOB's with a full band.

That same venue, MHOW, is where Raekwon is playing on March 8th. Tickets are now on AmEx presale.

Raekwon's same night, 3/8, is when Yelawolf is going to play Highline Ballroom with Cyhi Da Prynce. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

Murs also has a show coming up at MHOW, and that show is still on sale.

Last but not least (unless you mean the price), Chiddy Bang is playing a free show at Irving Plaza on January 29th. The catch? You need to go to either NYU, Rutgers, CUNY, Fordham or Columbia to attend. Actually that's not true, you can just pretend you do I think, since it also says "Students at other NY area schools also eligible. Text closest school to claim tickets." The show is part of a "Textbooks & Tickets Tour" that is also giving away free tickets to a Big Boi show in Atlanta and has other performers in a few other cities.

Yelawolf crowd @ Terminal 5 (more by Brook Bobbins)
Yelawolf

Tickets go on general sale at noon for the December 30th Drive-By Truckers show at Brooklyn Bowl. Tickets are still on sale for their New Years Eve show at Terminal 5 too.

Tickets for the Roots at B Bowl on New Years Eve are sold out, but you can still buy your way in to Questlove's DJ set taking place one night earlier after the Drive-By show..

The Pietasters play Brooklyn Bowl on February 12th. $5.00 Tickets are on sale.

The Funky Meters, which is the continuation of The Meters, Art Neville and George Porter included, will play three nights at Brooklyn Bowl in February. Tickets go on sale at noon for February 15th, February 16th and February 17th.

Yelawolf just played as part of a big Thanksgiving weekend bill at the big Terminal 5. You can catch him in a more intimate and headlining setting when he plays SOB's on December 22nd for just $10.

Nicki Minaj played a huge NYC show on Thanksgiving. She plays another one ON CHRISTMAS, but this time up at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx. Tickets are on sale.

Levon Helm just played two big shows at Beacon Theater in NYC. He and his band return to the area to play The Wellmont Theater in Montclair on February 11th. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon.

Tickets go on AmEx presale at noon for the Bright Eyes show at Radio City Music Hall.

Tickets are on presale for the upcoming Allman Brothers shows at Beacon Theater.

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