by Andrew Sacher


Jazz leaning instrumental hip hop trio BADBADNOTGOOD, made up of pianist Matt Tavares, bassist Chester Hansen, and drummer Alex Sowinski, released their second album, BBNG2, last month for free on their website. Their first album, live material, and singles, are also all available for free on their bandcamp.

The new album's got live instrument/jazzy takes on Odd Future (who they've collaborated with), James Blake, My Bloody Valentine, and Kanye West instrumentals, and a handful of originals as well. And if those covers just sound like a way for the group to get our attention...I can't say it isn't working. These kids (the whole band is under 21) can really play and the arrangements are tight. Also, somebody tell them to do a Death Grips track on their next record.

BADBADNOTGOOD have some dates coming up including a NYC show at TONIGHT (5/4) at Brooklyn Bowl with DJ Still Life. Tickets are available.

They recently played Coachella (but weren't part of the initial lineup announcement) and while they were there they also did some backing for Frank Ocean during his set. Check out videos of them from Coachella, along with music videos, other live videos, and a session with Tyler, the Creator below, along with all dates...

BADBADNOTGOOD w/ Tyler, the Creator - "Seven"

BADBADNOTGOOD - "UWM" (Feat. Leland Whitty)

BADBADNOTGOOD w/ Tyler, the Creator - "Fish"


BADBADNOTGOOD - "Fall In Love" at Coachella

Frank Ocean w/ BADBADNOTGOOD at Coachella

BADBADNOTGOOD -- 2012 Tour Dates
May 04 Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, NY
May 05 Black Cat Washington, DC
May 09 The Empty Bottle Chicago, IL
May 11 Memorial Union Terrace Madison, WI
May 31 L'Agitee Quebec City, QC
Jun 01 Ritual Ottawa, ON
Jun 02 L'e Belmont Montreal, QC
Jun 20 Sled Island Calgary, AB
Jul 27 Hillside Festival Guelph, ON