Entries tagged with: one step beyond
photo: Wilco at Pitchfork Fest 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Wilco, Bill Frisell @ Kings Theatre
Wilco have been making good to great records for over two decades now, the latest being last year's Star Wars. Their current tour hits Brooklyn venue Kings Theatre twice this weekend. This is night 1, with veteran jazz/rock/country/etc guitarist Bill Frisell opening.
Lupe Fiasco @ B.B. King's
Lupe Fiasco came out of the gate with the very strong Food & Liquor in 2006, but kinda lost it a bit after 2007's The Cool. That was no longer true after last year's Tetsuo & Youth though, his best album in years.
KING, Marc Cary & Igmar Thomas @ Le Poisson Rouge
LA trio KING release their debut album today, a mix of R&B and soul that's familiar-sounding yet futuristic. It's a very good album, and tonight's show should hopefully be great too.
Jamie Woon @ Bowery Ballroom
Before "alt-R&B" really popped off, one of the genre's early key albums was Jamie Woon's 2011 LP Mirrorwriting. We didn't much hear from him after that, but last year he finally released album #2, Making Time. It proves he's still got plenty more to say.
Beverly, WALL, MPHO, Annie Hart of Au Revoir Simone @ Baby's All Right
Preview new songs from Beverly's excellent second album, The Blue Swell, as part of this solid bill of locals, including up-and-coming post-punks WALL and Au Revoir Simone's Annie Hart.
Wolf Eyes, Blazer Sound System, Michigan Underground @ Union Pool
Wolf Eyes three-show Union Pool residency continues tonight with a highly experimental/improvisational set, featuring help from Nate Young, John Olson, James Baljo, Viki Viktoria, Chip Apetechnology (Survival Research Labs), Sam Hooker, and Tyler Hicks. Should be interesting.
Chumped, Never, Strangerpride @ Suburbia
Chumped were quite possibly the best real-deal pop punk band in Brooklyn during their short run. They're sadly calling it quits, but not before two final shows at DIY spot Suburbia. This is the first.
Banquets, Timeshares, The Holy Mess, Save Ends, Brian Rothenbeck @ Saint Vitus
It's a good (bad?) day for bittersweet punk shows. Jersey City's Banquets are also calling it quits but going out with this last Brooklyn show. Long Island's great Timeshares are worth catching too.
Modeselektor, Benjamin Damage, Shed, Truncate @ Output
The great German electronic duo Modeselektor are about to dedicate their year to the new Moderat album/tour, but first they'll stop by Brooklyn club Output tonight. It's an especially good day to head to Output, because long-running Brooklyn record store Halcyon opens inside the venue today at noon (though the shop closes at 8 PM).
Hints, Terribly Yours, The Ludwigs @ Bowery Electric
Sean Bones has been inactive for a few years, but now he's got a new project called Terribly Yours that pulls from late '70s power pop/new wave. Tonight's the project's debut live show.
Uniform, Dreamcrusher, Horoscope, Wetware, Conduit @ Alphaville
Noise duo Uniform have members of Drunkdriver and The Men, and their highly intense hardcore punk-inspired sets are usually over and done with in a matter of minutes.
Show Me The Body, B L A C K I E, Moor Mother Goddess @ Market Hotel
If you like dark experimental rap, or punk, or those two things coming together, this show is gonna be right up your alley.
DJ Spinna, Rich Medina @ American Museum of Natural History
Brooklyn hip hop vet DJ Spinna headlines this edition of the recurring 'One Step Beyond' party at the Museum of Natural History. In addition to the music, "guests can also take a walk up the Cosmic Pathway to the Hayden Big Bang Theater where acclaimed actor Liam Neeson narrates a dynamic flight through the virtual universe based on an accurate cosmic atlas."
Marlon Williams, Wild Leaves @ Mercury Lounge
One of Dead Oceans' newest signees is New Zealand folk singer Marlon Williams. He was here during CMJ, and returns tonight.
Grant-Lee Phillips, Steve Poltz @ Rockwood Music Hall
Armed with a smoky and soulful voice, Grant-Lee Phillips has been making great records for over 20 years. His new album, The Narrows, is out in March. Maybe he'll reveal whether he's going to return to be the Stars Hollow troubadour for Netflix's new Gilmore Girls movies.
Beth Israel, Heaven's Gate, Secret Crush, Melt @ Aviv
Tonight features two bands signed to Andrew Savage's Dull Tools label (Beth Israel and Heaven's Gate), plus the drony Secret Crush and the '90s-ish Melt.
My Favorite, A Place Both Wonderful and Strange @ Cake Shop
Resurrected NYC indiepop cult heroes My Favorite bring melody and melodrama in equal measure.
Dave Harrignton ("The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari") @ National Sawdust
Busy man Dave Harrington will lead a six-member band through a live, improvised score to the classic 1920 silent horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
Buster Pointdexter @ Cafe Carlyle
New York Dolls singer David Johansen puts back on the tux and his party-friendly Buster Poindexter persona for a night of saucy cabaret at this fancypants supper club.
Lianne La Havas @ Rough Trade
Talented UK singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas made a huge splash with her 2012 debut album that went Top 5 in her native country. Her latest album, Blood, is up for a Grammy. Sold out.
Mike Birbiglia @ The Lynn Redgrave Theater
Comedian Mike Birbiglia has been doing his show "Thank God for the Jokes" for nearly two years. He's finally putting it to bed, but not before this six-week run.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
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Neon Indian on NYE in Chicago (photo by Jodie Lawrence)
The One Step Beyond series continues at the American Museum of Natural History this Friday (1/8) with DJ sets from Neon Indian, Joel Ford's Airbird project, and XXXChange (aka Alex Epton of Spank Rock). In addition to music, "guests can also take a walk up the Cosmic Pathway to the Hayden Big Bang Theater where acclaimed actor Liam Neeson narrates a dynamic flight through the virtual universe based on an accurate cosmic atlas." TIckets are available.
Neon Indian, who released VEGA INTL. Night School last year, has a few other dates coming up. All are listed, with the video for "Slumlord Rising" off that album, below...
Todd accepting a Grammy with Daft Punk & friends (via)
The One Step Beyond series continues at the American Museum of Natural History this Friday (2/6) with dance music veteran and Daft Punk collaborator Todd Edwards headlining. Also on the bill is Beautiful Swimmers (aka Maxmillion Dunbar and Ari Goldman) and opening DJ Bobby Renz. Aside from the live music, guests can experience "a dynamic flight through the virtual universe based on an accurate cosmic atlas" narrated by Clash of Clans fan Liam Neeson. Tickets are on sale now. Todd has other dates coming up too, and those are all listed below.
Todd also just released a new track called "Nite Noise," a punchy, synth-filled thank you to Disclosure that reworks their song "White Noise." As he says, "I made this while traveling by train in the UK on my way to a warehouse party I was playing with Disclosure. It was a personal thank you to them for having me on their line up."
The new track and all tour dates below...
NYC dance duo Blondes just announced and released a new EP, Rewire (via RVNG), in the same surprise manner as 2013's Swisher LP. The new EP features a Simian Mobile Disco remix of Swisher's title track, plus remixes of its track "Wire" by Claro Intelecto, Huerco S., and Function. Stream the 10+ minute Huerco S. remix below.
As discussed, Blondes open for chillout pioneers The Orb at Highline Ballroom TONIGHT (4/22), which is the first of two NYC shows on The Orb's tour. (The second is at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday without Blondes.) Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
Blondes also play Moogfest in Asheville, NC this week and a live set at the May edition of One Step Beyond at the American Museum of Natural History on May 16 with Metro Area (DJ set) and Kevin Graves (DJ set). Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Song stream below...
Juan Maclean at MoMA PS1 in 2011 (more by Erez Avissar)
The One Step Beyond series is returning to the American Museum of Natural History in 2014 for its seventh season. The first show of the season happens on January 17, headlined by DFA's Juan Maclean and also featuring sets by Montreal's Jacques Greene and Brooklyn's Kevin Graves. Tickets for the show are on sale now.
For Juan Maclean, it's one of a couple dates he's doing this month, all of which are listed, along with streams from all three artists, below...
Q-Tip with A Tribe Called Quest during SXSW 2013 (more by John Sculli)
Q-Tip has been added on as special guest DJ for tonight's Lauryn Hill show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, possibly her last in NYC for some time. Tickets are still available. If you feel like doubling up on your dosage of The Abstract, head to his residency at Cielo, "Boogie Back Tuesdays," later on. Tickets are still available for that as well.
In addition, Q-Tip has signed on to DJ The American Museum of Natural History's One Step Beyond party on June 7 along with Nickodemus and DJ Eleven. Tickets are still available.
Ultramagnetic MCs at ATP NJ 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As mentioned in What's going on? last night, Prodigy's upcoming "Queens Day" show at Irving Plaza, which was supposed to happen next week (6/19) has been cancelled. Though he did play a private Rock the Bells kickoff show at Santos Party House last night (6/13) with (according to the flyer) Ghostface Killah, DMX, Jadakiss, and Hit Squad
Q-Tip's "Offline" party (a DJ gig), also scheduled at Irving Plaza, is still set to happen this Friday (6/15) at the Manhattan venue.
Ghostface Killah's other upcoming shows include the free Prospect Park show on 6/23, a Wu-Block party at Highline Ballroom (8/8) (tickets on sale 6/15), and Rock the Bells with Wu-Block. The Highline show is only with Ghostface and Sheek Louch, but for Rock the Bells, the whole crew will be there (Ghostface, Raekwon, Sheek Louch, Jadakiss, and Styles P).
Ghostface and Raekwon play a free show together, and much sooner, in Toronto as part of NXNE on Sunday (6/17). Action Bronson, who plays a free show in Red Hook Park (6/19), will be at the Toronto fest too. The entire music portion of NXNE kicked off yesterday (6/13) and runs through the weekend.
Killer Mike will be at NXNE too, and his tour with El-P, Despot, and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire kicks off on Tuesday (6/19) in Atlanta. It hits NYC on July 13 at Irving Plaza. Ticketsplayed SOB's with Spaceghostpurrp in celebration of Purrp's new album, Mysterious Phonk. Purrp's also got a couple Shortcuts parties under his belt. Speaking of, one of those (sans Purrp) goes down at Santos TONIGHT (6/14) with Fat Tony and Fat Trel (tickets).
While NXNE is going on in Toronto, Brooklyn will be getting its own multi-venue music festival with Northside Festival, which also happens this weekend.
As mentioned, Kool Keith plays a Northside show at Brooklyn Bowl TONIGHT (6/14) with Lushlife. Lushlife recently dropped a remix of "She's a Buddhist, I'm a Cubist" with Angel Deradoorian, Cities Aviv, G-Side, Big Baby Gandhi, Deniro Farrar, and KDz Kenny Dennis. You can stream that below Tickets are still available for the Brooklyn Bowl show and we're also giving away a pair. Contest details are below.
As usual, Questlove will DJ the Brooklyn venue after that show (tickets).
Kool Keith also plays as part of Ultramagnetic MCs at a Northside show at MHOW on Sunday (6/17) with Phony PPL. Tickets for that show are still available. Phony PPL also play SOB's on July 24 with Blackbear. Tickets for that show are on sale.
GZA & Grupo Fantasma @ Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
And speaking of hip hop Northside shows at MHOW, GZA (backed by Grupo Fantasmo like he was a Bonnaroo) plays two (early and late) shows at the venue TONIGHT (6/14). Both are sold out, but you can try and get in with your Northside badge.
Aside from Kid Sister at Sugarland on Saturday (6/16), not much more hip hop is happening at Northside, but there are other good hip hop shows tonight and this weekend.
Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def)
plays the previously discussed show at the Apollo Theater TONIGHT (6/14) as part of Blue Note Jazz Festival. Tickets for that show are still available FOR THE SHOW THAT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 28th.
Blue Note Jazz Fest also gives us a free Central Park Summerstage show on Sunday (6/17) with Groove Theory, Soulive, Riq and Rah with Strings (Black Thought + Rahzel), and DJ Questlove.
Hip hop producer RJD2 DJs a party for the ongoing 'One Step Beyond' series at the American Museum of Natural History on Friday (6/15) with Cosmo Baker, Import/Export, and visuals by Glowing Pictures with special guest Shantell Martin. Tickets for that are available.
You can also catch Tech N9ne and Machine Gun Kelly on the Hostile Takeover Tour which takes over the NYC area on Saturday (6/16) at Starland Ballroom in NJ (tickets) and Sunday (6/17) at HIghline Ballroom (tickets). Be careful during Machine Gun Kelly's set though; TMZ reports that he was just sued $15,000 for slicing open a bouncer's finger. Ouch.
Apple Stores are hosting hip hop in-stores all month.
In other hip hop news, you can stream Black Milk's Live at Third Man Records in its entirety and J-Dilla's posthumous Rebirth of Detroit in its entirety below, along with other song streams and contest details for tonight's Kool Keith show.
John Stanier w/ Battles at Treasure Island Music Fest 2011 (more by Autumn Andel)
First it was Dirty Projectors, then The Rapture and Prefuse 73, and on March 16, the 2012 One Step Beyond series at American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center will continue with DJ sets by John Stanier/Battles and Black Moth Super Rainbow. Tickets are on sale now.
Speaking of Battles, they'll release a remix album of every track off 2011's Gloss Drop called Dross Glop on April 17 via Warp. The album features remixes by Shabazz Palaces, The Field, Kode9, The Alchemist, Pat Mahoney and Denis McNany, Hudson Mohawke, and more. Listen to remixes by Kode9, Shabazz Palaces, The Field, and Gui Boratto below along with the tracklist.
The Rapture at CMJ 2011 (more by Bryan Bruchman)
The American Museum of Natural History's One Step Beyond series, which just had Dirty Projectors last month, is continuing on February 17 at Rose Center with DJ sets by Prefuse 73 and The Rapture. Tickets are on sale now.
Listen to all of what Dave Longstreth played at the last event below.
It's The Rapture's last North American show/event before their Japan/Australia tour which kicks off later this month. All Rapture dates are listed below.
Prefuse 73 are one of many collaborators on the upcoming Flaming Lips collaborative Record Store Day release, which also includes Bon Iver, Erykah Badu, Nick Cave, Death Cab for Cutie, Yoko Ono, and many others. You've already heard Prefuse 73's collaborations when the 4-track EP was released last year, but The Flaming Lips have been rolling out more previews of the upcoming release. Stream "Now I Understand," which features Erykah Badu, below, and check out some short clips of the Bon Iver collabs at Pitchfork.
Streams and all dates below...
photos by Chris La Putt
"The idea of a Dan Deacon dance party in the space room at the American Museum of Natural History kinda blows my mind." - luke wilhelmi
""keep moving that way. Thats right...everything a/b this is successful!" -dan deacon @ natural history museum" - whitney pettyjohn
Dan Deacon made his presence known in NYC over the weekend. Last night it was the Our Band Could Be Your Life concert at Bowery Ballroom. Saturday was a Brooklyn show at 285 Kent, and Friday was his performance as part of The American Museum of Natural History's "One Step Beyond" series. More pictures and a video from the museum show (which Hesta Prynn also DJ'd), and Dan Deacon & Jimmy Joe Roche's recently-released video for "Hilvarenbeek", and some more tour dates too, below...
Dan Deacon @ Merkin Concert Hall (more by David Andrako)
The Vivian Girls show at 285 Kent takes place four days before the space hosts green-skull-wielder Dan Deacon, who'll join Moss of Aura, Janka Nabay, and Friends (the band called "Friends"). Advance tickets for the May 21st show at 285 Kent Ave are on sale at Desert Island Books (Metropolitan Ave @ Union Ave).
The Brooklyn show is part of a three-night NYC run for Deacon who is also playing the next edition of One Step Beyond at the American Museum of Natural History on May 20th. Tickets are on sale.
May 22nd is when Dan plays Butthole Surfers covers at Bowery Ballroom as part of the sold out This Band Could Be Your Life concert.
All Dan Deacon tour dates, more details on those 285 Kent show, and a new video for "Surprise Stefani," below...
Chromeo at Webster Hall with A-Trak earlier this year (more by Brook Bobbins)
The American Museum of Natural History's One Step Beyond series continues on Friday, April 22nd with DJ sets from Chromeo, Telephoned, and Activaire. Tickets are on sale, and though $25 potentially seems like a hefty price tag, the surroundings (the museum) do make it an extra special place to party. One Step Beyond happens again on May 20 and June 24 with lineups TBA. In February Scissor Sisters were in charge of the music.
Meanwhile, the very fashionable Dave 1 of Chromeo's little brother A-Trak will be in NYC soon too as part of the Magic 8-Ball tour that hits Terminal 5 eight days after the Chromeo appearance (4/30). Tickets are still available for the show that also features Kid Sister, the Gaslamp Killer, and the recently added Clipse (it said "special guests" when the tour was announced).
Both A-Trak and Chromeo are at Coachella this weekend. Updated tour dates for both of them and some recent videos below..
photos by Winnie Cheung
"Hanging out with the Scissor Sisters in the planetarium" - Tom Sutch
"We got the lights, the music, the scissor sisters and the rose center... now all everyone needs is some acid... and some love :)" - i a m d a n i
"Being roughed up by Mubarek's thugs during the Scissor Sisters set at the Natural History Museum." - Justin Bond
"At the Museum of Natural History party.
Scissor Sisters are KILLING SHIT!!!" - DJ ESQUIRE
"scissor sisters spun deep house acid house chicago 90ies ultimate dance at amnh tonight. so fun ;)" - music fiend
Scissor Sisters, along with Lauren Flax and Activaire, were the DJs at One Step Beyond at The American Museum of Natural History on Friday night (2/4). Scissor Sisters play live at Wellmont Theater on 2/18 (tickets still available), a few days before they hit MSG at part of their tour with Lady Gaga.
The next One Step Beyond dates are Mar 11, April 22, May 20 & June 24 (lineups TBA).
More pictures from Friday night at the museum below...
After an appearance at SXSW in Austin followed by the Ultra Music Festival in Miami (full lineup belolw), the Klaxons will play shows on their way to the sold-out Coachella Festival in California.
It looks like a full tour is still TBA, but (UPDATE: full tour now announced and) the dates will include a NYC show at Webster Hall on March 29th with Brooklyn's A Million Years (who also play Mercury Lounge on 2/11) and Brooklyn's Creep. Tickets for the Manhattan gig go on AMEX presale Wednesday at noon (2/2) and regular sale 48 hours later. All dates are listed below.
Creep is a duo comprised of Lauren Dillard and house DJ and producer Lauren Flax. Flax is also Fischerspooner's touring DJ. Creep recently dropped a video for "Days" directed by Fischerspooner Warren Fischer. The song features vocals from Romy Madley Croft of The xx. Check out that video below and look for Creep's debut LP later this year. Meanwhile they also have other collaborative singles planned with Reggaeton-R&B twins Nina Sky, Nomi Ruiz and Planning to Rock.
Speaking of Nomi Ruiz (who is best known for her role in Hercules & Love Affair), Nomi's current project Jessica 6 recently announced a March 1st Mercury Lounge show. That gig takes place not long after the band gets back from a European tour. All dates below.
Flax can also be found at One Step Beyond at The American Museum of Natural History this Friday (2/4), where she'll DJ alongside Scissor Sisters (who are also DJing) and Activaire. Tickets are still available. Scissor Sisters play live at Wellmont Theater on 2/18 (tickets available), a few days before they hit MSG at part of their tour with Lady Gaga.
Check out the video for Creep's "Days" (with Romy Madley Croft), and all tour dates, and the complete Ultra Music Festival lineup, below.
Ish of Shabazz Palaces at Sasquatch (more by Chris Graham)
There have been many projects and solo albums in the days following the (original) fall of Digable Planets, but now Ish is breaking out with his killer new Seattle-based project Shabazz Palaces. The group has only been playing limited dates so far (pics from Sasquatch 2010), but will play three shows in October including NYC's American Museum of Natural History for "One Step Beyond" on Friday, October 15th with the great Blockhead on support. Tickets are on sale.
The show is one of a greater set of dates for Blockhead. All dates for both are below.
Shabazz Palaces have released a couple of EPs during their short existence, and are prepping a new LP for release on Sub Pop in 2011.
"I think we both have a lot of love, appreciation, respect and energy for music and for each other. Recognizing the fact that business is necessary for maximizing exposure to it, I think we mutually feel that doing business is less a 'job' and more an opportunity to exercise those feelings in dope ass ways. Shabazz, we bring a distinct hip-hop mentality from left to Sub Pop, which has established itself wide and deep in r&r from that same field. So, it's going to be cool to see what gets born from rolling together. And, of course, Seattle is the immeasurable muse, the backdrop, backbone, the foundation to how we all get down. So SP feels a lot of pride around this partnering-up as well. The people, the office, the deal, it all feels super plush. So stay tuned, it's 'bouts to be on."-The Palaceer, Shabazz Palaces.Stream material from their two EPs below.
Meanwhile Digable Planets, which is -according to their myspace- "Doodlebug AND Butterfly" (but no Ladybug), is scheduled to play SOB's on Thursday (9/23), their only current tour date. Tickets are still available.
Dig on some streaming audio from Shabazz Palaces's previous EPs, as well as a recent video for "Belhaven Meridian", with all dates, below.
Yeasayer @ Governors Island on June 5 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
One Step Beyond, the monthly dance party series at the American Museum of Natural History, is bringing Yeasayer to DJ its next party on June 11th. Also in the house will be Roofeeo and DJ Teenwolf (of Ninjasonik). Tickets are on sale.
Yeasayer play Lollapalooza's Budweiser Stage on Sunday, August 8th at 4pm. Arcade Fire play vs Soundgarden at the fest later that night. Phoenix goes up against Green Day one night earlier. Lady Gaga and the Strokes have competing time slots on the first night. That and more in the just-released Lollapalooza 2010 schedule.
The Very Best @ Santos Party House in November (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)
The Very Best will be playing shows in North America leading up to SXSW, where the group has sets scheduled including the Pitchfork official showcase at The Scoot Inn on March 20th, and additional shows around Sasquatch in May (and the Roots Picnic in June). Those dates, the full Pitchfork party lineup, and videos are below...
photos by Tim Griffin
"Animal Collective was NOT Animal Collective last night. It was a sad dj set from Geologist playing from i-tunes from his laptop. Boo!" - Yvonne G
DOWNLOAD: Casey Spooner - Faye Dunaway (MP3)
Fischerspooner on NYE (78guy)
Fischerspooner will be the "surprise guest" DJ at the American Museum of Natural History's One Step Beyond on Friday, January 8th with DJ sets from Animal Collective and the Activaire DJs. The event is sold out. Congrats Peter who guessed correctly. You won a pair of tickets (he was already contacted and confirmed).
An unmastered track off Casey Spooner's forthcoming solo project, produced by Jeff Saltzman (Fischerspooner, The Killers, The Black Keys), is posted above. Fischerspooner played New Year's Eve at Irving Plaza. See them ring in the New Year in the videos below...
DOWNLOAD: Fader Issue 65 (PDF)
The American Museum of Natural History rings in 2010 with One Step Beyond, presented with The Fader Magazine on Friday, January 8, 2010 from 9 PM - 1 AM, with a headline DJ set by Animal Collective and openers, the Activaire DJs. Joining will be a surprise guest, who will be announced the week of. For the first time, advance tickets are $20 until 6 PM on the day of show, and $25 at the door; both ticket prices include a free future visit to the museum, cosmic visuals by Fuevoz (with VJs SeeJ and Benton-C), and entry to the Museum's breathtaking Passport to the Universe Hayden Planetarium Show, narrated by Tom Hanks. Advance tickets are recommended and available at www.amnh.org/osb. The entrance to the event is located on Central Park West at West 79th Street.First person to guess the secret guest in the comments wins a pair of tickets when it gets revealed (make sure to fill in the NOT-visible email field in the comment form so I know how to get in touch with you).
Animal Collective guest-edited the new issue of FADER. That's the cover up there, and right above it is a download of the entire issue.
According to Pitchfork, Animal Collective wrote the best song of 2009. "My Girls" video below...
photos by Ryan Muir
"People who speak in magazine copy will call 2009 The Year Of The Electro Gal. With La Roux and Little Boots leaving their signatures on the last 12 months, it falls to Philadelphia rapper-slash-singer Amanda Blank to own the last quarter of 09.Amanda Blank brought Spank Rock along for her late-night performance at One Step Beyond at the American Museum of Natural History on Friday night (9/9). Spank Rock DJ's Devlin & Darko were also on the night's bill. More pictures (NSFW?) below...
Blank's been around for almost half a decade. Her potty mouth has been front and centre on electro-rap masters Spank Rock's most beloved tracks (most notably Bump, where she name checked herself as a "boastful bitch MC") and she also appeared on the Diplo Vs Santogold mixtape, as well as NASA's debut. But due to record company machinations and her own caution, her solo debut, I Love You, is only coming out now." [Guardian]
photos by Rod Mickens/AMNH, words by Martin Longley
Down in the cosmic ballroom, the One Step Beyond (presented by The Fader at the American Museum of American History) DJ sessions continue, although this evening's attendance might just be down on that enjoyed over the last few Fridays. This will surely swoop back up with Moby's appearance on the 5th of June.
Peanut Butter Wolf's heading up a Stones Throw night, featuring his label's James Pants, Mayer Hawthorne and Dam-Funk, who all returned to play at (le) Poisson Rouge on Saturday. The Californian Wolf is combining laptop with decks, spinning through a very populist, party-pointed playlist. All audio is married to a sequence of back-projected videos, which probably holds some governing force over the selection process. It's a feast of nostalgia, parading through Kid Creole, Prince, Earth Wind & Fire, Rick James, Daft Punk, White Stripes and even the fucking Police. Afrika Bambaataa, House Of Pain and The Beastie Boys bring things back into the hip hop zone, whilst David Bowie, Musical Youth and Bo Diddley stand out as slightly more skewed choices. It's the kind of set that a DJ would prepare for a wedding party. Pleasurable, but also lacking in ambition, particularly when Stones Throw is renowned for its
harder niche hip hop sounds.
More pictures below...
Peanut Butter Wolf...
As one commenter pointed out, DOOM's upcoming show schedule, in addition to the Pitchfork Festival (which by the way is now sold out of three-day passes), also includes a visit to daylong hip-hop fest Soundset taking place in Shakopee, Minnesota on Sunday, May 24th. Headliners for the concert include Atmosphere, The Pharcyde, Brother Ali, Sage Francis with B. Dolan, and Immortal Technique. Full lineup below. Tickets for the show are on sale.
That fest is being put on in part by Rhymesayers, the label that put out DOOM's MM..FOOD?. Another of DOOM's many labels, Stones Throw Records (which put out the rapper's Madlib collaboration Madvillainy) will have a strong presence in NYC this weekend. Tonight, Friday, May 8th. Stones Throw founder and head Peanut Butter Wolf will perform at the American Museum of Natural History's monthly One Step Beyond party. Tickets are on sale.
Also on the bill with Peanut Butter Wolf are Stones Throw artists James Pants, Mayer Hawthorne and Dam-Funk. Those three will also be at (Le) Poisson Rouge for a Stones Throw Party on Saturday, May 9th. Tickets are on sale.
Coming up at One Step Beyond: "One Step Beyond finishes their second season with a blow out spectacular with a DJ set by electro pioneer Moby on a new date June 5, 2009 with a DJ set from Holy Ghost! (DFA)."
Full info on both Soundset and One Step Beyond below...
photos by Zach Dilgard
Flying Lotus & Kode9
"Thursday night i was supposed to see Flying Lotus at Club Love with Johnny. To make a long story short, I'm glad i was too pressed for time to go that night.Flying Lotus will be back in the NYC-area at the end of July to play the All Points West festival. More pictures from the museum below...
Instead, i accompanied my homeboy to the Museum of Natural History, which was hosting performances by FlyLo and another DJ by the name of Kode9...
...The best part about this whole thing was that if you got kinda bored or restless, there was shit to do and see. The museum aspect kicked in while you walked around looking at trippy spacey lights being reflected on the ceiling, or walking around the Rose Center and looking at moon rocks or pictures and displays of all sorts while still LISTENING to the music you came to hear. Me & J definitely took full advantage of this and went on our own space odyssey... [Bulletproof Tiger]
by Black Bubblegum
The Cool Kids @ Highline Ballroom (More by Leia Jospe)
On some level, yes, perhaps this was inevitable. But after many locals realizing it for some time now, it seems that the Chicago-based hip-hop duo The Cool Kids--or more likely, the people who represent them--have finally been hipped to the fact that, here in [Dallas Forth Worth], there exists a lo-fi punk outfit by the name of the Teenage Cool Kids. And, as such, the Cool Kids' handlers have sent Teenage Cool Kids a cease and desist order, asking that the band change its name. [Dallas Observer]Looks like somebody lost their cool (ZING!)....
In related news, The Cool Kids AND KOOL Keith (will they go after him too?) are part of the recently announced All Points West lineup. Both Cool & Kool play on Saturday Aug 1st... that's the NON-Beastie Boys / Q-Tip / Pharcyde / Organized Konfusion (!!!!!)/ Flying Lotus day (which is Friday, July 31).
Kool Keith will also appear at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC on April 3rd, but this time as Dr Octagon vs Dr Doom. All dates below.
And probably the most exciting news (to me anyway) out of the APW lineup is the reformation of the mighty Organized Konfusion! The crew released their last LP in 1997, The Equinox which was proceeded by the classic self-titled and Stress: The Extinction Agenda LPs. Since then, Pharoahe Monch has been busy with his own ventures including writing rhymes for certain millionaires and showing up to support his friends The Roots at Highline Ballroom. Prince Po hasn't exactly sat idle either... his last album, The Saga Of The Simian Samurai dropped in 2007. Some videos below.
In other APW-playing, hip hop artist news, Q-Tip who always keeps busy performing (most recently on tour with the Cool Kids) and spinning, will be gettin' down at the 92nd St Y in Tribeca, James Lipton style:
Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg hosts a night of music and conversation featuring famed hip-hop musician and producer Q-Tip, a member of the legendary band A Tribe Called Quest. Rosenberg will sit down with Q-Tip for a candid discussion about the life and influences of this innovative artist, whose career has spanned over 20 years. Jazz hip-hop fusion band Igmar Thomas and The Cypher will perform throughout the night, paying tribute to Q-Tip's music.Tickets are on sale.
Beastie Boys recently reissued (deluxe style) Check Your Head, and have been announcing lots of festival appearances for this summer.
And finally, Flying Lotus (the "experimental music producer, disc jockey, and laptop musician from Winnetka, California") will be in NYC before before All Points West, including two dates in the next month - April 16th and 17th. On April 16th, Flying Lotus will join Kode9, Martyn, Mike Slott, Pursuit Grooves, Ras_G, and Zomby as part of Brainfeeder NYC (Part 1) at Love, a showcase for Flying Lotus's all-digital label Brainfeeder. The next day look for Flying Lotus and Kode9 to play the American Museum of Natural History as part of The Fader Presents One Step Beyond (advance tickets are available).
All tour dates, flyers and videos below...