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The lineup for Brooklyn's 2015 Afropunk Festival was already pretty great, and now it got even better. Death Grips, Gary Clark Jr., Kelela, Jessie Boykins III, SZA, Candiria and more were added to the festival, which already included Lenny Kravitz, Grace Jones, Lauryn Hill, Kelis, Danny Brown, Suicidal Tendencies, Kele, Thundercat and more.

This year also marks the first Afropunk Fancy Dress Ball, hosted by Grace Jones, Cakes Da Killa and MikeQ, proceeds from which will go toward the Afropunk Global Initiative. The party goes down August 21 at Commodore Barry Park, just ahead of the festival, which happens August 22-23 in the same park. Tickets for the ball are on sale now, and festival passes are still available.

Afropunk also continues to branch out. They did an Afropunk Paris festival this past May, and will do so again in June 2016, and they're also putting on the inaugural Afropunk Atlanta on October 3 & 4 in the city's Central Park. The lineup for that includes D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Flying Lotus, Santigold, Death Grips, Tyler the Creator, Public Enemy and more. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (7/8).

Speaking of Death Grips, they play NYC twice this week (supposedly, at least).

Full Afropunk Atlanta lineup and updated Brooklyn lineup, below...

Continue reading "Afropunk adds Death Grips, Gary Clark Jr, Kelela, Candiria and more to NYC lineup, announces Atlanta festival"

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Tickets for Coachella 2016 go on sale at 11 AM PST / 2 PM EST.

RSVP for the free Pusha T and Vince Staples show at House of Vans opens at noon.

Tickets for the Chris Cornell show at Beacon Theatre go on venue and Chase presales at 11 AM. Password = SOCIAL.

Tickets for the eight Steely Dan shows at Beacon Theatre go on venue presale at 10 AM. Password = SOCIAL.

Tickets for the Of Monsters & Men shows at Beacon Theatre and Kings Theatre go on venue presale at 11 AM. Anyone know the passwords?

Reggie and the Full Effect, Pentimento and The Weaks are playing the Marlin Room at Webster Hall on July 25. Tickets are on sale now.

Odd Future's Mike G & Left Brain are playing the Marlin Room at Webster Hall on July 9 with Speak and Pyramid Vritira. Tickets are on sale.

The Sadies are playing Union Pool on July 30. Tickets are on sale.

The Very Best are playing SOB's on June 11, two days before their free Northside show with Heems. Tickets are on sale.

Taso, Sicko Mobb, Ricky Eat Acid and Tripletrain are playing Palisades on July 25. Tickets are on sale.

Ricky Eat Acid also plays the Kenmore/Orchid Tapes Northside showcase on June 14 at Baby's All Right with Foxes In Fiction and Emily Reo. Tickets are on sale.

Mykki Blanco "Presents Dogfood MG" at Palisades on June 26 with Psycho Egyptian, Violence and Amnesia Scanner. Tickets are on sale. Mykki also has a free Rockaway Beach show in August.

The Maccabees will be in NYC soon, headlining Le Poisson Rouge on June 9. Tickets for that show are still available.

Foxygen's Jonathan Rado is playing Baby's All Right on June 27 with The Lemon Twigs. Tickets are on sale.

In addition to Tickets are on presale for VinoFile members now.

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

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Mykki Blanco
Mykki Blanco

Mykki Blanco recently announced that he'd no longer be rapping, but that doesn't mean he's not performing at all. Not long ago, he gave a spoken word performance called Baby Steps: How to heal yourself from everyday Psychic Poisons or Repentance for Dummies, and uploaded video along with the following statement:

Most people are familiar with my work in rap music and so may not be aware of my background in theater, acting and writing.

Last summer I participated in a writing residency at Galeria zé dos bois in Lisbon Portugal. Most of my theatrical and spoken performances have been very ephemeral, connected to either larger events or apart of lectures and panel discussions and have not been filmed. But I am happy to share with you here in its entirety my solo performance.

You can watch the performance below. No word yet what exactly Mykki's future performances will be, but he did just schedule a free NYC show happening August 22 at Riis Park Beach Bazaar, the Rockaway Beach location that the Brooklyn Night Bazaar people are now booking. Other artists TBA for that show.

Mykki's old friend from the rap days, Le1f, also announced a new NYC show today. He plays the POP Montreal Northside Festival showcase happening June 14 at Brooklyn Bowl with Princess Nokia and DJ HVAD. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and you can also try to get in with a Northside badge.

Le1f's most recent single is a remix of Nicki Minaj's "Truffle Butter." Listen to that, with the Mykki Blanco videos, below...

Continue reading "Mykki Blanco shares spoken word videos, playing a free NYC show; Le1f playing POP Montreal's Northside showcase"

photo: Mykki Blanco at Afro-Punk Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mykki Blanco

NYC rapper Mykki Blanco will be leaving rap to pursue investigative journalism focused on "homosexuality and gay culture in remote corners of the world." The rapper's first foray into the field will be going to Nepal in May to learn about the rights and culture of the country's third gender "Meti." Mykki's statement also includes plans to go to school for sociology and gender studies soon to learn more about his new focus and the explanation that "writing words that rhyme over beats made by other people mostly male" is no longer an interest.

Read the statement in full below...

Continue reading "Mykki Blanco quitting rap to pursue LGBT journalism"

photo: Le1f at The Whitney in 2013 (more by Ryan Muir)

Local rappers Le1f and Mykki Blanco are teaming up for a show with electronic musician Kingdom at NYU's Kimmel Center on Thursday (2/19). The show's presented by NYU Program Board and NYU LGBTQ Student Center, and it's free for NYU students and only $5 for the general public. Doors are at 7, show at 8. Tickets will be on sale in person starting noon on Thursday. More ticket info and show flyer below.

Le1f was also just announced for Firefly Music Fest.

Continue reading "Le1f, Mykki Blanco & Kingdom playing $5 NYU show on Thurs"

by Andrew Sacher


Long-running NYC experimental band Zs debuted their newest lineup in 2012, which is founder Sam Hillmer with Patrick Higgins and Liturgy drummer Greg Fox, and now they're set to release the first album with that lineup, Xe, on January 27 via Northern Spy. It's Zs' first non-remix or live full length since 2010's New Slaves. They recorded it live with producer Henry Hirsch (Madonna, Mick Jagger, etc), and Tauba Auerbach handled the album's artwork and sculptures. The first single, "Corps," is out now and it's a 12-minute bouncy avant-garde jam that you can check out below. Album artwork and tracklist also below.

Zs have some shows coming up in January just ahead of the release, including an album release party in their hometown on January 21 at Le Poisson Rouge with Mick Barr, Michael Beharie, Bryan Kasenic and Phil Tortoroli. TIckets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Sam, Greg and Patrick also gave us their year-end lists for 2014. While the latter two stuck to their favorite albums, Sam gave us his list of the 10 Most Anonymous Comments on Brooklyn Vegan in 2014. You can find out what ended up on those lists, with the song stream and album tracklist/artwork, below...

Continue reading "Zs releasing a new album, playing shows, told us their top LPs and "most anonymous comments on BrooklynVegan" of 2014"

Perfect Pussy at P4k 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Glasslands just announced their New Year's Eve show, and now another Williamsburg venue, Baby's All Right, is announcing theirs. It's a stacked, multi-genre night with rapper Mykki Blanco, noise punks Perfect Pussy (who were supposed to play Baby's on NYE last year but dropped off), Ricky Eat Acid, Porches frontman Aaron Maine in his Ronald Paris guise, Sunflower Bean, James K, Dubbel Dutch (DJ), Mr. UNO (DJ), and a "Special Secret Guest" (who could it be?).

Doors open at 7 PM with two hours of open bar from 7-9 PM with Perfect Pussy singer (and solo artist) Meredith Graves DJing. Then EVR radio show Chances With Wolves will be DJing the front room all night after 9 PM.

Tickets go on sale at 10 AM on Tuesday (12/16), and there's an option for some extra dough to also get the "Baby's 2015 Watch" which gets you "free shows for ONE YEAR when you buy this limited edition watch including New Year's Eve (only 100 available!). Some restrictions may apply.

Flyer below...

Continue reading "Mykki Blanco, Perfect Pussy, Ricky Eat Acid, Porches' Aaron Maine & more playing Baby's All Right on New Year's Eve"

Sinden and Fake Blood (photo via @gsinden)

Fake Blood (aka UK producer and DJ Theo Keating) makes fun/quirky dance music and will release The Science EP next week (12/15). You can stream two of the three tracks below. He's going on a DJ tour with fellow Brit Sinden that will hit NYC on Saturday (12/13) at Slake. Alex English is also spinning and tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

As for Sinden, who worked with Mykki Blanco last year, he's recently been releasing music under the The Crystal System banner, which will be a series of collaborations. New single "Got Me Moving" is a collaboration with Fritz and SYF and you can stream that below.

Continue reading "Fake Blood and Sinden have new singles, EPs, touring together, DJing NYC this weekend"

Mykki Blanco

Mykki Blanco's newest album Gay Dog Food came out last month, and now the rapper's scheduled more shows in support of it. Upon returning home to NYC from a European tour, Mykki will play The Jewish Museum's (1109 5th Ave) after-hours events series 'The Wind Up' on November 20. The series features "art, live music, activities, and an open bar" and this installment is focused on the From the Margins: Lee Krasner | Norman Lewis, 1945-1952 exhibition:

Artists Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis innovated "from the margins" of Abstract Expressionism during the 1940s and 50s, and as a woman and an African American, respectively, were often overlooked in mainstream criticism of the time.
P. Morris is DJing, and there will also be "guided tours of From the Margins, spin art t-shirt making, an abstract painting station," and more. Tickets are on sale now.

You can stream Gay Dog Food, which features Kathleen Hanna, Katie Got Bandz, Cakes Da Killa, Cities Aviv, No Bra and more, with the list of Mykki's dates, below...

Continue reading "Mykki Blanco playing shows, including The Jewish Museum"

Liturgy at Pitchfork Fest 2012 (more by James Richards IV)

Dum Dum Girls at Burger A-Go-Go 2014 (more by Debi Del Grande)

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

Liturgy, Child Abuse, Cellular Chaos, Oozing Wound @ Death By Audio
Here's a really good reason to get to Death by Audio before it closes. It's the first of two nights that sludgy thrashers Oozing Wound are playing at the venue, and the headliners are one of NYC's most interesting black metal bands, Liturgy, who are a full band once again.

Mykki Blanco, Cities Aviv, Doss, Gobby (DJ Set), MR UNO (DJ Set), FLUCT Dancers @ Glasslands
Mykki Blanco just put out his new mixtape, Gay Dog Food, and as you might expect from Mykki it's out-there but it goes hard. Cities Aviv, who's on one of the tracks, is on this bill too. Stream the mixtape below.

Power 105.1 Powerhouse w/ J. Cole, Ne-Yo, Jeezy, Kid Ink, T.I., Childish Gambino, French Montana, Migos, Tinashe, Bobby Shmurda, Chris Brown, Trey Songz @ Barclays Center
Power 105.1's Powerhouse goes down at Barclays Center tonight and there's some pretty impressive names including power tripper J. Cole, trap muzik king T.I. (who just put out the new album, Paperwork), versace lovers Migos, alt-R&B singer Tinashe, the viral Bobby Shmurda and more.

Cypress Hill, La Coka Nostra, Immortal Technique, Vinnie Paz @ Best Buy Theater
Another good hip hop option tonight is the annual Halloween-time Cypress Hill show which is actually one day early this year but it should still get spooky.

Shiba San, Amtrac, Wuki, Nikola Baytala @ Output
This week's INPUT party at Output is headlined by Shiba San who's on Claude Vonstroke's Dirtybird label and makes thumping house that will have you dancing Mischief Night away.

Classixx, Le Youth, Chordashian @ Verboten
Another dance option tonight goes down just down the block from Output at Verboten with LA duo Classixx who are still going strong off last year's debut album, Hanging Gardens.

Alicia Keys, Nas, David Byrne, Diddy, Angel Haze @ Hammerstein Ballroom
This year's Keep A Child Alive Black Ball benefit has an eclectic lineup which mostly includes hip hop but also Talking Head David Byrne. KCA co-founder Alicia Keys hosts and also performs herself. Reservations can still be made.

Pianos Become The Teeth, Gates, Frameworks, Vasudeva @ Asbury Lanes
Pianos Become the Teeth stopped screaming on their new album, but they didn't stop writing intense music -- quite the opposite, this is some of their best material yet. NYC was last night and tonight's the NJ release show. Quality support too.

Celestial Shore, Ava Luna,Palehound, Baked, We Can All Be Sorry @ Baby's All Right
Celestial Shore deftly mix melody with complex rhythms and arrangements on their new album, Enter Ghost, out soon via Hometapes. Tonight's the record release party.

The Coathangers, together PANGEA, Cherry Glazerr, Mozes and the Firstborn, AJ Davila y Terror Amor, Wax Witches @ Bowery Ballroom
This is the second edition of Burger Caravan of Stars roadshow, with a whole bunch of their bands playing festival-length sets. Watch as Bowery's entire downstairs becomes a giant merch area. Some folks go just 'cause it's Burger. Expect nuttiness.

Dum Dum Girls, Ex Cops, Christines @ Brooklyn Bowl
Dum Dum Girls have always had a flair for the dark side, so them playing on Devil's Night seems like a no brainer. (Maybe throw in an '80s goth cover, ladies? The March Violets' "Snake Dance" perhaps?) Also on the bill: Ex Cop (whose new album takes a turn for the Pop) and the shoegazy Christines.

Sinead O'Connor @ City Winery
The Irish singer released, I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss, earlier this year and finishes her three-night run at City Winery this evening.

Del Zeppelin (Delicate Steve), Escalator Haters @ Saint Vitus
Halloween starts early when Delicate Steve let loose crunge-y covers. This show is free.

Wilco @ The Capitol Theatre
Though Jeff Tweedy and his son just released their terrific Tweedy album, the Wilco train rarely stops rolling, and tonight is on the final of its first of three shows at The Cap'. It's a lovely room, and tickets are still available.

Primus @ The Greene Space
The special day show is billed as "A Very Wonka Afternoon with Primus," and with an emphasis on the band's new album that's based on Roald Dahl's Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. The show is sold out but is being taped for WNYC's Soundcheck.

Dean Ween Group @ Stone Pony
Dean Ween (Mickey Melchiondo) has his new ensemble play Asbury Park tonight.

Jerry Lee Lewis @ BB King Blues Club
One of rock n' roll's origininators, "Killer" is out with a new album and and biography this week and celebrates both tonight.

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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Continue reading "What's going on Thursday? (Liturgy, Dum Dum Girls, Mykki Blanco, Coathangers, T.I., Tinashe, Jerry Lee Lewis & more)"

Mykki Blanco

NYC rapper Mykki Blanco is releasing a new album called Gay Dog Food for free download on October 21. It's set to feature an impressive cast of guests including Kathleen Hanna, Katie Got Bandz, Cakes Da Killa, Cities Aviv, No Bra, Ian Isiah and James K. No music's come out from that yet, but Mykki did recently appear on a new song called "Unclassified" by German producer ETИIK. You can stream that below.

Mykki has two dates coming up too, a Halloween celebration on 10/25 in LA and a NYC show on Mischief Night (10/30) at Glasslands. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.

Full tour schedule and that song stream below...

Continue reading "Mykki Blanco releasing a new LP ft. Kathleen Hanna, Cakes Da Killa, No Bra & more, playing shows around Halloween"


Tricky keep on ticky....

"Calling it Adrian Thaws is saying you don't really know me," says Tricky, explaining the title of his 11th album. "So many times people have tried to put a finger on me and every album I go to a different place."

It's typical of one of music's most unpredictable characters that the first album to bear his birth name is one of his least introspective. Adrian Thaws is a vivid, attention-grabbing set of songs which roam from hip hop to house, jazz to blues, rock to reggae. It was recorded in Tricky's home studio in London, where he's living again after almost two decades in New York, Los Angeles and Paris, and features an international crew of collaborators: Francesca Belmonte, Nneka, Mykki Blanco, Bella Gotti, Tirzah, Blue Daisy and Oh Land. It's designed to be played loud.

"I suppose this is my club/hip hop album," he says. "I've only heard my music a few times in a club but I grew up in clubs from when I was 14: blues parties, hip hop clubs, a few raves. I'm not known for doing club music but this album has some club tracks on it - well, what I would consider club music."
Listen to the track with Francesca Belmonte, titled "Nicotine Love", below. Adrian Thaws will be out 9/8/2014 via Tricky's own label False Idols. That's the cover art above. The full tracklist is below.

(btw, Tricky collaborator Oh Land plays Knitting Factory in NYC tonight - 7/7)

Meanwhile, Tricky's old friends Massive Attack are keeping busy with a handful of shows scheduled this year, including the Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco in October, and two other California shows and one in Mexico during that same trip. They co-headline London's OnBlackheath festival in September, and they just announced Grace Jones will be joining them at that one! They just played Glastonbury and you can check out their setlist from that, along with their North American dates, the new Tricky track and more, below...

Continue reading "Tricky announces new 'club/hip hop album' album; Massive Attack playing West Coast dates, played Glastonbury"

Mykki Blanco at MHOW in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)

NYC rapper Mykki Blanco was in Portugal earlier this week for a residency where was arrested, in his words, "for being gay." As Pitchfork points out, he posted the following on Facebook:

I'm leaving Portugal after my performance. Please stop writing hate speech, threatening to hang me, posting pictures of slaves and leaving gay hate messages on my page, I have seen a really disturbing side of this culture tonight
And also gave a statement to Noisey:
I was swindled, by the Portuguese police department for being a gay black tourist that is the only explanation for this situation. I had literally just got off of a plane was in the airport on my way to the art gallery I am currently doing a residency at and I was taken advantage of by the Portuguese police. More than an act of racism and prejudice or even homophobia ( which were all 3 factors) I realized that class matters and that an upwardly mobile black man isn't something people always want to see.

I was arrested for telling a police officer to "go fuck himself" after I repeatedly and politely asked him where I could purchase a taxi voucher since he worked with the taxi attendant at the airport. the altercation escalated because I waited in a long line like everyone else outside the airport for a taxi and when I was told by the taxi attendant that I could not use my credit card but only cash the taxi attendant and cop refused to help or answer any other questions I had about an alternative in anyway. They were impatient and short with me all the while eagerly helping white tourists who were behind me in line while I waited to be addressed.

A Portuguese woman in the same taxi line with me even leaned over and whispered "I don't know why they are being so strange with you, there is a place inside to buy taxi vouchers you don't need cash". I should have listened to the woman and went inside myself to find the voucher office but there is apart of my personality that really wants to see if people WILL actually be prejudiced, to see if maybe my PC west coast optimism about the world is being challenged by blatant discrimination and I was right. I asked the police officer where the voucher office was and I was told to "go away" like I was nuance as if I had not waited in the same line as all the other white tourists and when I asked why he could not help but could gladly help the other tourists I was yelled at and told to "go away bicha" which is a gay slur, even though I had waited in the same line as everyone else.

The world aint a fair place, and the idea of a young successful black guy doesn't always fly everywhere but I was insulted, and discriminated against so I said "Fuck you" and walked away...well he followed me inside, used his radio to call other police causing a scene in the airport and told me "You are under arrest" I said "excuse me, I have not committed a crime, I asked you for help and you refused to help me" he said "You have insulted a police officer and that is a crime in Portugal, you can't talk to me that way" and he arrested me.

The Noisey article also mentions he was ordered to pay a 600 euro fine.

Mykki Blanco plays a big and free hometown Summerstage show in NYC's East River Park on August 7.

Mykki Blanco at Afro-Punk Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The next NYC installment of Red Bull Sound Select will headlined by local rapper Mykki Blanco and happens on March 31 at Glasslands. This one is curated by Afro-Punk, and features support from White Mandingos (Murs + Darryl of Bad Brains), Gordon Voidwell (who played with Dam-Funk over the weekend), BLXPLTN and Sunny Gang. Admission is $3 with RSVP before 10 PM and $10 without.

Mykki also just released a new song, "Wish You Would," produced by Brenmar and featuring guest vocals from Princess Nokia (aka Wavy Spice). Check it out below...

Continue reading "Mykki Blanco released a new song, playing Red Bull Sound Select in NYC w/ White Mandingos, Gordon Voidwell, more"

Mykki Blanco at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mykki Blanco

This Friday (2/7) at The Paper Box in Brooklyn, Creators Connect will present the multimedia 'Creation Is Love II" which features performances from rapper Mykki Blanco, Macaulay Culkin's pizza-themed Velvet Underground band Pizza Underground, The Mystery Lights, Shining Mirrors, Lewis Lazar, Frances Rose and Labanna Babalon. There's also DJ sets by Devendra Banhart, DIIV, Jake B, Exitmusic and Liza Thorn of Starred. Plus, projections by Agnes Thor, Samantha Casolari, Angelina Dreem, Nicole Van Straatum, Lina Plioplyte, Felipe Vasquez, The Tramp Artists, Anchovy Warhol and more TBA; poetry programming by Josh Schneider, tarot readings programed by Witches of Bushwick, pop-up art store from Luck You Collective, an open bar and more.

Tickets ($5 advance, $10 at doors) are on sale now. More info here.

Flyer below...

Continue reading "Mykki Blanco, Pizza Underground & more playing multimedia show at The Paper Box this Friday"

DOWNLOAD: Mykki Blanco - Booty Bamboo (MP3)

Mykki Blanco

Will hip hop ever accept me? Who gives a fuck. Will the gay community turn their back on me if I stop dressing in drag? Who gives a fuck. Will I get signed? Who gives a fuck. I did a world tour off the strength of soundcloud singles, a lo-fi mixtape and my first EP. I was out there, I saw the power of music and saw the power of love and now I just want to develop my music and have fun. People who fuck with Mykki Blanco fuck with Mykki Blanco no image or politics needed.

Light a blunt with your friends and listen to my new track Booty Bamboo. I feel free, I hope you do to.

NYC rapper Mykki Blanco already has a mixtape and EP out, and plans to follow it with an official LP in 2014. That album is being teased with the new single "Booty Bamboo" that Mykki just posted to Soundcloud along with the above message. It was produced by Amnesia Scanner and can be downloaded above or streamed below.

As discussed, Mykki rings in the new year in NYC at Gramercy Theatre on New Year's Eve with a ton of excellent guests, including production wizard DJ Rashad, UNO R&B singer Ian Isiah, Boychild, DJ Larry B, T.E.A.M.S., Junglepussy, Princess Nokia, and Michael Magnan. Tickets to that show are still available.

All upcoming dates are listed, along with the song stream, below...

Continue reading "Mykki Blanco released a new single, planning LP, playing New Year's Eve at Gramercy w/ DJ Rashad, Ian Isiah & many others"

Le1f at Afro-Punk Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

As discussed, one of the many New Year's Eve concerts happening in NYC is local rapper Mykki Blanco at Gramercy Theatre, and since we last spoke, guests have been announced for that show. The bill now includes production wizard DJ Rashad, UNO R&B singer Ian Isiah, Boychild, DJ Larry B, T.E.A.M.S., Junglepussy, Princess Nokia, and Michael Magnan. Tickets for that show are still available and if you buy them before 11:59 PM tonight (12/2) you can skip the service fees thanks to the venue's Black Friday-Cyber Monday deal.

A few days earlier, Mykki's friend Le1f plays Brooklyn Bowl (12/28), and guests for that show were recently announced too. They include some of the same names playing Mykki's show, like Ian Isiah, Junglepussy, and Princess Nokia, plus House of Ladosha, Lakutis, and Mess Kid. DonChristian and Boody Rahel are opening, and Juniana Huxtable and Superpusha are hosting. Tickets for that show are still available too.

Flatbush Zombies at North Coast Festival 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Flatbush Zombies

Thanksgiving is upon us, and in addition to stuffing your face on Thursday, it also means looking for good deals on all your holiday shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday (and probably the rest of December). NYC music venues Irving Plaza and Gramercy Theatre are getting in on the Black Friday/Cyber Monday fun, and offering no Ticketmaster fees for all shows happening in December and January at Irving and Dec-Feb at Gramercy.

Starting at 12:01 AM on Friday (11/29), and running through 11:59 PM on Monday (12/2), you can get fee-less tickets to Flatbush Zombies (tix), A$AP Ferg (tix), Gwar (tix), Andrew WK (New Year's Eve) (tix), Mykki Blanco (New Year's Eve) (tix), Los Campesinos!/Speedy Ortiz (tix), and more.

Unfortunately not part of this deal because it happens in April, but you can still get tickets to our BrooklynVegan-presented London Grammar show at Irving Plaza.

Le1f at Afro-Punk Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Future-rapper Le1f, who just joined his pal Blood Orange at 285 Kent last week (11/15), will be over in Australia this December for a couple festivals, including Slanted and Enchanted and Meredith Music Fest. But upon returning home, he'll do a NYC show just before the new year at Brooklyn Bowl on December 28. Tickets for that show are on sale now, and special guests TBA. It's his only announced US date at the moment.

Le1f also appears, along with likeminded rapper Mykki Blanco, on UNO-affiliated R&B singer Ian Isiah's new mixtape, The Love Champion. Production on the tape comes from Brenmar, Gobby, Sinjin Hawke, Royal, ShyGuy, and Boody. You can stream it in full below, and download it for free (legally) at Mediafire.

Mykki Blanco also plays a New Year's Eve show in NYC with "friends."

Continue reading "Le1f on new Ian Isiah mixtape w/ Mykki Blanco & more (stream & download), playing year-end show at Brooklyn Bowl"

photos by Tim Griffin

Slayer/Glass Candy/Polyphonic Spree/Slayer surfer @ FFF Fest 2013

Slayer surfer

More pics from Day 1  HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE, Slayer included....

Closing Fun Fun Fun Fest, Slayer treated Austin to greatest hits and then some: "Raining Blood," "South of Heaven," "Dead Skin Mask," "Seasons in the Abyss," etc. They also dug out the aforementioned "Die by the Sword," a high point off their 1983 debut LP, Show No Mercy.

After fooling no one with a false ending of "South of Heaven," the third backdrop of the night unfurled at the back of the stage: a parody of the Heineken logo reading "Hanneman" and bearing his life dates. The top read "Angel of Death." Reign in Blood's terrifying opening track - and closing number on Auditorium Shores - now serves as an epitaph for Slayer's fallen co-founder. - [Austin Chronicle]

The eighth Fun Fun Fun Fest happened last weekend (11/8 - 11/10) at Austin's Auditorium Shores, hosting three days of music and fun (fun fun), with such acts as MIA, Deerhunter, Slayer, Television, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, Cut Copy. Johnny Marr, The Walkmen, Jurassic 5, Killer Mike and loads more. Many of them played again as part of the FFF Nites shows, including shows presented by BrooklynVegan and Invisible Oranges.

We were there in the thick of it and, as mentioned above, you can check out pics from Day 1  HERE and HERE, pics from Day 2 pics HERE and HERE; and pics from Day 3 are HERE and HERE. See you again in 2014 Austin.

confetti at Amanda Palmer's NYE show last year (more by Amanda Hatfield)

The fact that Phish will play the refurbished Madison Square Garden again this New Year's Eve is old news already, but Barclays Center just announced today (10/31) who will be playing the Brooklyn arena's second-ever New Year's Eve show, and the honor goes to.... Billy Joel (UPDATE: and the recently reunited Ben Folds Five) (last year was Jay-Z and Coldplay).

Here are a few already-announced New Year's Eve shows we're rather be at this year...

Thurston Moore will set up shop at the Stone in the East Village for two special shows on 12/31, one with John Zorn and another with Mike Watt.

Gogol Bordello are at Terminal 5 for two rowdy nights (12/30 & 31) (where Amanda Palmer played last year).

Andrew WK parties at Irving Plaza.

Mykki Blanco will help make Gramercy Theater ghetto fabulous.

Moon Boots plays Output.

Delta Spirit plays Brooklyn Bowl.

DIIV, Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth and Nothing play Baby's All Right.

Patti Smith doesn't play on NYE proper, but does play year-end shows right before that on December 29 and 30 at Webster Hall.

Browse more NYC NYE Concert Options in our new year-round concert calendar.

Or maybe just head to Mexico!


P.S. If you're in Austin, you'll want to catch the Breeders.

photos by Amanda Hatfield, Theophilus London photos by Chris La Putt

Afropunk Festival @ Commodore Barry Park - 8/24/2013
Afropunk Festival @ Commodore Barry Park - 8/24/2013

Brooklyn's free annual Afro-Punk Festival returned to Commodore Barry Park over the weekend for two days (8/24-25) of punk, rap, and everything in between, plus biking, skating, and more. The first day gave us sets from Mykki Blanco, Le1f, Ninjasonik, M.O.P., Saul Williams, Jean Grae, The Heavy, Theophilus London, Rye Rye, and more. Dead Prez made a "special guest" appearance, and word on the street was that Alicia Keys was supposed to as well, but she was a no show. Pictures of day 1 are in this post, and more are at Facebook and Google+.

Stay tuned for coverage of day 2. More day 1 pics below...

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Death @ BVSXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Afro Punk

The 2013 Afro-Punk Festival happens this weekend (August 24 & 25) at Fort Greene's Commodore Barry Park with Danny Brown, Mykki Blanco, Le1f, Big Freedia, Death, Trash Talk, Living Colour, Chuck D of Public Enemy and DJ Lord performing PE's Fear of a Black Planet, Questlove, Jean Grae, Saul Williams, K-os and more. As mentioned, it's all-ages, free and open to the public, but they do require you to RSVP. You can also donate on paypal for "fast pass admission" tickets.

The full weekend schedule has been released, with artists playing on two stages from noon - 9:30 PM or so both Saturday and Sunday. Full schedule is below.

Additionally, there will also be "Afro-Punk After Dark" events happening after the fest at various Brooklyn venues both Saturday and Sunday nights. Over 20 After Dark events are happening, including "pop-up performances, celebrity DJ sets, comedy shows, film screenings, art installations, and Story Slams." Full After Dark listings are at Afro-Punk's website.

2013 Afro-Punk Festival schedule below...

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Mykki Blanco at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mykki Blanco

NYC rapper Mykki Blanco likes to spend a lot of time on the road (and playing locally), and he recently announced more shows for this year, including a hometown gig on New Year's Eve (12/31) at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show are currently on PopGun presale (password: "CosmicAngel"). They go on Live Nation/Mobile App and Music Geeks (password: "musicgeeks") presales Thursday (8/8) at 10 AM, and general on-sale starts Friday (8/9) at 10 AM.

That show comes after a number of other North American shows this summer/fall, including Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest, and another NYC appearance as part of the free Afro-Punk Festival, which goes down on August 24-25 at Commodore Barry Park with Danny Brown, Le1f, Big Freedia, Death, Chuck D, and more. RSVP for Afro-Punk Fest is still open.

All Mykki Blanco dates are listed, along with a video, below...

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Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 (more by Keith Marlowe)
Fun Fun Fun Fest

As discussed, Fun Fun Fun Fest is returning to Austin's Auditorium Shores from November 8-10, and now the full lineup was finally announced. It includes Television, Slayer (again!), Quicksand, Descendents, The Dismemberment Plan, Body Count, Jurassic 5, MIA, MGMT, Death Grips, Kurt Vile, Cloud Nothings, Snoop Dogg/Lion, The Locust, Subhumans (performing Cradle to the Grave), The Men, Title Fight, White Lung, Retox, Chromatics, XXYYXX, Mykki Blanco, Cut Copy, Washed Out, Merchandise, Lemuria, and many more.

Tickets for the festival go on sale today (7/10) at 10 AM CST.

Full lineup and flyer below...

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