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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...

Continue reading "Yelawolf releasing 'Radioactive', touring (dates, new song stream & belated Warped Tour pics)"

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.

continued below...

Continue reading "Colin Stetson, Twin Shadow, Odd Future, James Blake, JEFF the Brotherhood, Yelawolf, more (Andrew F's week @ SXSW)"

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.

photos by Brook Bobbins

A-Trak looking spiffy
A-Trak

"A Trak has proven himself to be one of the most talented DJs around, period. I had a chance to watch his set from the "backstage" area at Terminal 5 last night and was thoroughly blown away. Flying Lotus put on an incredibly energetic performance that set the stage for A Trak, who rocked his turntables in a tuxedo atop a 2 story platform covered in lights and LCD screens. Visually, it was a spectacle in its own right. Needless to say the crowd lost it for dance floor anthems like 'Anyway', 'Barbara Streisand', 'Shake It Down' and his 'Indestructible' remix. Amidst the furious scratching and beat juggling he is famous for, you could hear hints of hip-hop rhythm working their way into the electro until ultimately you found yourself dancing to straight up rap music." [Electronica Oasis]
A proven way to burn off all the calories associated with piles of stuffing and t(of)urkey is to hit the dance floor, and that's just what many people did on 11/26 at Hard Fest Turkey Soup at Terminal 5, though in this case it was the kind of dance party where everyone faces the stage. Featuring appearances from A-Trak, Tiga, Flying Lotus, Miike Snow (who performed a DJ set), Yelawolf, and Destructo, the show was a one-off appearance for all of the above as part of the Hard Fest series of shows which last made appearances in NYC in for the form of Crystal Castles/Sinden/Destructo and Die Antwoord/MIA/Destructo/etc. One thing all three recent HARD NYC shows had in common? Destructo on the bill. Why? One reason might be because Destructo also happens to be HARD's founder.

A set of pictures and some videos from the Thanksgiving event continue below...

Continue reading "A-Trak, Tiga, Flying Lotus, Miike Snow, Yelawolf & Destructo performed @ Hard Fest Turkey Soup @ Terminal 5 (pics)"

by BBG

A-Trak at Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Chromeo

A full two months before his big brother plays the same venue as a member of Chromeo, A-Trak will headline Terminal 5 on 11/27 with Tiga, Flying Lotus, Yelawolf and special guests as part of "HARD NYC Turkey Soup 2010". Tickets for the Thanksgiving weekend show go on sale Friday 10/15 at noon.

The show is one of four US dates for A-Trak, with the others being the previously discussed HARD Haunted Mansion in LA on 10/31 with Flying Lotus (his only other date) and the Bloody Beetroots (who play Webster Hall this Friday), Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX, and a pre-Halloween show in Chicago on October 30th with Chromeo. All dates below.

Meanwhile, A-Trak's project with Armand Van Helden, Duck Sauce, recently released a new video and single for "Barbara Streisand". The star-studded video features cameos from Kanye West, Pharell Williams, Buckshot (rapper), Smif-n-Wessun, DJ Premier, Chromeo, Diplo, Ezra Koenig, and so many others. Watch that with all A-Trak dates below...

Continue reading "A-Trak, Tiga, Flying Lotus & Yelawolf playing HARD NYC Turkey Soup 2010 & other dates ++ Duck Sauce"

Big Boi @ Brooklyn Bowl Monday night
Big Boi

"Yeah. Big Boi was really fun and he played almost all the Outkast and solo hits you could think of... but it was too short, and it really seemed like there should have been an encore. People stood around cheering for like 10 minutes and the house lights went down but, nothin." [panopticon]
Yelawolf headlined the free Fool's Gold 'Day Off' Fest on Labor Day and then later popped up again to join Brooklyn Bowl headliner Big Boi on stage at his sold out, encore-less show last night. Yelawolf appears on the track "You Ain't No DJ" on Big Boi's new album. The official video for that song, and three live clips of other songs Big Boi played at Brooklyn Bowl, can be watched below.

And as reported, Big Boi will play a 2nd NYC show TONIGHT (9/7) for lucky NYU students who will also get a DJ set by The Knocks and a co-headlining live set by Dr. Dog who recently played a public show at Governors Island and who go out on tour with Here We Go Magic in October. The show is the annual NYU "Mystery Concert" (no longer a mystery) and is only open to students.

Big Boi's other upcoming dates include Vegas and Moogfest. Videos below...

Continue reading "Big Boi played w/ Yelawolf, plays w/ Dr. Dog @ NYU tonight"

Yelawolf headlines the free outdoor festival in NYC today..

Continue reading "Fool's Gold 'Day Off' Fest Labor Day (today) (FREE)"

photos by Andrew St. Clair

Raekwon shows potential groupies his current relationship status
Wu-Tang Clan

What kind of oldies concert draws a huge audience in its 20s? Rock the Bells, the daylong hip-hop festival that came to Governors Island on Saturday. This year's Rock the Bells borrowed an idea from the indie-rock festival All Tomorrow's Parties, booking groups to perform watershed albums in their entirety.

Two headliners, Snoop Dogg and Wu-Tang Clan, largely complied with the assignment. Snoop Dogg brought along most of the guests from his 1993 album, "Doggystyle," made back when he was Snoop Doggy Dogg. The others - A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-One, Rakim and Slick Rick - went "veering off," as Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest put it, to play additional hits (which no one minded) or to plug more recent projects.

And then there was the wild card: Lauryn Hill, the singer and rapper formerly of the Fugees, appearing half an hour late. She hasn't released a studio album since "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" in 1998, and she has recorded and toured only sporadically since then while raising five children. "I miss you," she told the crowd repeatedly. Partway through the set she pulled guests out of the V.I.P. section and onstage: Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, John Legend. They missed her too.
-[New York Times]

A second set from the NYC edition of Rock The Bells (first is HERE), continue below...

Continue reading "Rock the Bells @ Governors Island - pics (part 2) (Wu-Tang, Street Sweeper Social Club, Yelawolf, Slick Rick & more) "

Big Boi

Big Boi's solo debut album, out July 6th via Def Jam/Purple Ribbon, is streaming now at MySpace (which means occasionally it will pause until you figure out which window/tab you have it open in and click the annoying ad). Full tracklist with list of guests below...

Continue reading "Big Boi's Sir Lucious Left Foot out soon, streaming in full "

by BBG

wu Tang

Rock The Bells 2010? Um, awesome.

For the first time in the history of hip-hop entertainment, ROCK THE BELLS is slated to have headliners perform their most influential albums in their entirety. East-coast legends Wu-Tang Clan will perform Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers from beginning to end. Released in 1993, the group's debut album revived the New York rap scene and is widely-regarded as one of the greatest albums in hip-hop history. Considered one of the greatest MC's of all time, Rakim is set to perform 1987's, Paid In Full, his first full-length album with Eric B. Fellow Golden age, east coast rapper, Slick Rick will conquer The Great Adventures of Slick Rick. Released in 1989, this debut album became a certified-platinum classic topping the Billboard's Top R&B/ Hip Hop Albums charts. Highly regarded as the "THE TEACHER", KRS-One is a hip hop culture advocate, music producer, MC and published author. Hailed as one of the best live performers, KRS-One will perform [the Boogie Down Productions classic LP] Criminal Minded. The 1987 trend-setting album sampled music from various genres including rock, reggae and funk.
In addition to that drooler of a hip hop lineup, Rock The Bells will also feature a rotating cast of also-awesomes, depending on where you lay your head. Lineups haven't been solidified by city but look for appearances from Street Sweeper Social Club, Murs and 9th Wonder, Wiz Khalifa, Clipse, Immortal Technique, Jedi Mind Tricks, Brother Ali, DJ Muggs and Ill Bill, Big Sean, Yelawolf, and more TBA (but not Lauryn Hill).

So far only four festival dates have been released, LA (8/21), San Fran (8/22), NYC at Governors Island (8/28), and DC (8/29). Ticket info is forthcoming.