Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings Live in BK


Here’s one more Daptone related event to add to the list of shows closing out the yearSharon Jones & The Dap Kings have just been confirmed for a show at Brooklyn Bowl on 12.30.09.  The Ivan Milev Band opens the night.  Tickets are $20 in advance; 21+.

The following night Q-Tip and Dam-Funk host the New Years Eve party at Brooklyn Bowl.

NYE In NoHo with Chuck Inglish


chucknyeThe Rub & Meanred can still declare that they have the best loft party going down on New Years Eve but if you are looking for something in Manhattan instead of Brooklyn the ‘New Years Eve in NoHo’ party might be the right fit for you.  The exact location doesn’t appear to be available but this NoHo loft party will feature music from Chuck Inglish of The Cool Kids.  The party has a three hour open bar, champagne toast and giveaways.  Tickets are available through the promoters PayPal account and today is the cutoff for $80 tickets which go up in price to $100 tomorow.  See flyer for details.

Talib Kweli NYE In NYC & Spinning a DJ Set with John Forte in Brooklyn


Didn’t make it to the Blacksmith Christmas party last night?  You still have one more chance to catch Talib Kweli live this year.  Promotion team Blue Night Events is throwing their New Years Eve celebration this year at Metropolitan Pavilion which will feature DJs and a live set from Talib.  Ticket packages for the evening start at $135 and they’re also throwing a late night after hours party at Love.

If you already have plans for NYE or don’t have the budget for the night, check out the more affordable package on 01.03.10 when Talib Kweli DJs and hosts another evening at Brooklyn Bowl presented by Talibra.  He returns to the Bowl, this time with special guests Graph Nobel and fellow Brooklyn native John Forte (pictured above).

After serving a good part of the decade behind bars, President George W. Bush pardoned Forte before leaving office and Forte has been back at work since.  He spent most of 2008 recording his first album in more than seven years and Stylefree the EP was released this past summer.  The former Fugees producer and solo artist has used the last year two reintroduce fans to his music and has performed a number of shows around the city including a Brooklyn performance in July at the annual Afropunk Festival Block Party (pictured above).  Tickets to his Brooklyn Bowl show with Talib Kweli are just $10 in advance, 21+.

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Daniel Merriweather US Release & Gramercy Show


Daniel Merriweather is no stranger to the New York club scene.  A regular at parties with his producer Mark Ronson (pictured together below) and Allido related events, Merriweather’s past live performance were generally him performing his singles or sharing the bill with other artists.  The Australian singer’s first major U.S. release drops in January Merriweather & Ronsonthrough J Records & Allido and to support the record he’ll take the stage headlining his own evening at Gramercy Theatre on 01.26.10.  Love & War dropped this past summer in the U.K. debuting at #2 on the charts with the single ‘Change.’  The album is thorough from start to end with ‘Impossible’ really standing out as the best cut.  The track allows Merriweather to show off just how powerful his voice can be over signature Ronson production sprinkled with Dap-King guitars and percussion.  Hopefully they go with this as the first single on the U.S. release next month.  After major success stateside with imports like Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, and Adele we’ll see if Mark Ronson’s formula works when he brings over his first male vocalist production.   Tickets for his Gramery show are available now for $20, expect more additions to the bill soon.

Short & Sweet NYC Present Rob Swift


The old Knitting Factory location in Tribeca became a second home for The Rob SwiftX-Ecutioners crew over the years.  Different members spun there regularly and most notable was the late Roc Raida’s annual Gong Battle competition.  Queens native and X-Ecutioner Rob Swift continues the tradition when he spins at Knitting Factory Brooklyn on 01.22.10 for a night presented by Short & Sweet.  Advance tickets are on-sale for $12 starting at 8:00 PM; an all ages night.

See more photos of Rob Swift spinning at the old Triple Crown in BK back in summer 2007 (pictured above).

‘Full Spectrum’ featuring Stalley Tomorow Night


Rising emcee Stalley will be performing along with his band tomorrow (12.23.09) at Littlefield fullspectrumflyerin Park Slope, Brooklyn.  Stalley is a member of hip hop supergroup Center Edge Territory (which includes Mos Def, Jay Electronica and Currensy) and has been reported to be working with an eclectic group of producers including the legendary Ski Beatz and Sa-Ra Creative Partners.  Brother Justice and 45 Shootout also join the Ohio native for the ‘Full Spectrum’ show.  Cover is just $5 at the door, show starts at 9:00 PM.

Stalley’s past New York shows include S.O.B.’s and 92Y Tribeca.  Recap and photos of his September performance at ‘Fowl Playin The Loft Downtown here.

Heineken New Legends Series with Ludacris


In February 2008 Heineken first brought their ‘New Legends Series’ to New York with The Roots.  The series continued through this year and they present the final show of 2009.  On 12.28.09 Heineken presents Ludacris at The Apollo Theater for one night only.

wordofmouth“Come party at the Apollo for the final concert of the year starring one of entertainment’s biggest names - rapper, actor and philanthropist, Ludacris. Still flying high from his latest release, Theater of the Mind, the Atlanta-based superstar will headline the Heineken New Legends Series, performing hits from the album including “One More Drink” and classics such as “What’s Your Fantasy.” -Apollo’s web listing for the show

This is a rare NY performance from the Southern rapper and actor.  His last appearance in the city was more than a year for the semi-private Theater of the Mind release party.  Tickets are on-sale for $49.50; show starts at 8:00 PM.

NYE @ Brooklyn Bowl with Q-Tip


Brooklyn Bowl has announced their New Years Eve plans which will be hosted by brooklynbowlnyeQ-Tip who will be handling DJ duties for the evening.  Los Angeles based DJ Dam-Funk will join The Abstract in celebrating along with a live performance from Pimps of Joytime.

Advance general admission tickets are on-sale for $30 or pay at the door night of for $40.   Limited bowling packages are available which also feature an open bar and unlimited food.

See photos and review of Q-Tip’s first ever ‘Open’ party with Rich Medina in summer ‘08

Clipse Added to Jadakiss Show, ‘Til the Casket Drops’ Out Now


Highline Ballroom has confirmed that The Clipse will join Jadakiss and Melanie Fiona at their show on Tuesday.  Clipse just released their third studio album Til the Casket Drops last week tilcasketon Re-Up Records.  The album has been getting tons of positive reviews with Malice & Pusha-T coming correct over beats from The Neptunes and Kanye & Cam’ron featured on tracks.  The album artwork is also worth noting as Clipse tapped New York graffiti artist KAWS to design the cover (pictured left).  Tickets are still available for their show with Jada on the 22nd.

The Clipse performed a free show back in May to promote the new record.  Photos and setlist here.

MF Doom & Mos Def Touring Together, Mos Playing Highline Ballroom Tonight


A few years ago you could write about MF Doom all day; new albums and chamosdoomchiracters, appearances on every rapper’s album and plenty of shows around the city.  After suddenly vanishing into almost non-existence for the last two years Metal Fingers released Born Like This earlier in the year assuring fans that he was back on the scene and hasn’t lost a beat with his flow as mosdoomtorontotight as ever.  You can bet one of Doom’s biggest fans, Mos Def, was thrilled that his favorite rapper was back at it (watch Mos reciting and freestyling about how dope Doom is).

MF Doom, or known now as only Doom will do a brief run of dates with Mos Def at the end of January.  They perform together in Toronto and Chicago with a New York City show capping the quick three date mini tour.  Doom featuring Mos Def comes to Nokia Theatre on 01.30.10 with tickets going for $39.50…grab them while they’re still available as this will sell out.  No fliers are floating around yet but check out the ones they are using for Chicago and Toronto which will get you excited for the NYC show.

Mos Def also performs solo tonight (12.20.09) at Highline Ballroom.  The late night show gets started at 12:00 AM with tickets going for $45. Really though…why would anyone go tonight when you get Doom & Mos together a few weeks later for a cheaper ticket.

A Freddy Madball Rap Album, Release Party Tonight & Live Shows


New York Hardcore legend Freddy Madball has spent the past few months working on his new project planting his feet into the underground hiphop world.  Going from Madball freddystressreleasevocalist to emcee, he has teamed up with DJ Stress to form the new rap duo Freddy Madball & DJ Stress.  Their debut album Catholic Guilt hits stores this week and features some interesting guests if hearing the Madball frontman give the rap game a shot wasn’t intriguing enough to listen to.  ‘London Calling’ features a Clash sample which Freddy & Rancid rap over.  Other guests include Travis McCoy of Gym Class Heroes and Ezec.

Tonight (12.19.09) Black-n-Blue Productions present the record release and listening party for Catholic Guilt at Kate’s Joint on the Lower East Side.  DJ Stress and DJ Spae will premier tracks off the album while spinning underground punk, hardcore, and hiphop records all night long.

Tickets also go on-sale today for Freddy & Stress’ show at Knitting Factory Brooklyn on 02.14.10.  Long time Madball friend Ill Bill co-headlines the night along with opener Mr. HydeTickets are $16 in advance or $19 at the door, an all ages show.

Daptone Records Close Out the Year & 2010 Plans


2009 was an eventful year for Daptone Records to say the least.  It started off with a rough patch in February when the label’s Bushwick based studio was robbed affecting some of their major upcoming recording projects (they were reported to be daptonelogoworking with Rod Steward later that week).  May marked the release of the first full length album from Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens.  Most recently, DJ Frank Gosnner helped the label release the rare Pax Nicholas 1973 album which became an almost obscure recording until being reissued in September.  After another hard year of touring all over the globe, Daptone wraps up the year with winter shows back at home.

Antibalas started a Thursday residency at Knitting Factory Brooklyn this month with their final show of the month on New Years’ Eve.  Tickets are $25 for the 12.31.09 show; 18+.  The Budos Band return to Southpaw on 01.16.10 with advance tickets for just $12.  Finally Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens who have spent most of the month overseas in France, Spain, and Belgium head back to New York and get back to business as usual.  They continue their weekly Friday night residency at Fat Cat in Manhattan along with a show at Joe’s Pub on 01.11.10.

Check out Daptone’s official website here to see special holiday promotions on their vinyl and various recordings.

See photos of NS & TGQ performing at Southpaw last winter.  Photos and recap of Budos Band from one of many S.O.B.’s shows here.

The Girls & Boys Holiday Party with DJs/Designers


Tomorrow night (12.18.09) brace yourself for GBH’s massive holiday shindig when they present The Girls & Boys Holiday Party at Webster Hall.  DJs Mark Ronson and Aaron LaCrate spin all night and reunite for their first New York City party together since last winter’s Wild For the Holidayz at the same location.  This is girlsboysholidaydefinitely a night you don’t want to miss and as the two have had hectic schedules lately and who knows when they’ll get together again.  LaCrate has been busy with his other job, running Milkcrate Athletics where he was recently commissioned to collaborate on a line with HBO’s The Wire.  A Baltimore Native, LaCrate was the obvious pick to team up with on the B-More based show which has already released four different t-shirts.

Producer, DJ and now designer Mark Ronson has entered the fashion world as well with his recent project with Gucci where he created his own boat shoes.  To help promote the shoe he formed a new super-group Chauffeur with Sam Sparro and Theophilus London.  Their first single ‘Soles of Fire’ comes as an exclusive vinyl piece when you purchase the shoes with the mp3 floating around blogs.  Chauffeur performed together in October at the Gucci store during CMJ to promote the shoe and record.

Back to tomorrow night, tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door before midnight with an RSVP.  Doors open at 10:00 PM; 21+.

New Years Eve with The Rub in Brooklyn


Surely there will be plenty more New Years Eve parties announced as we’re two weeks out.  The early favorite pick though rubnyehas to be the warehouse party just announced at The Old American Can Factory in Brooklyn.  Mean Red do what they do best when they present their NYE rager with music all night long from The RubUnemployed Lloyd and Project Matt join Eleven, Ayres, and Cosmo Baker on the decks to ring in the new year with “funk, soul, disco, hip hop, R&B, alcohol, and no neighbors.”

Advance tickets are on-sale now for only $25 and includes “a champagne toast, balloons, stunning visuals, a dancefloor to be reckoned with, and other surprise treats.”  Party gets started at 10:00 PM and goes til dawn.

Live From Somewhere with The Knux


redbullknuxTonight (12.17.09) Red Bull will be presenting the next edition of “Live from Somewhere.”  Their next secret location party will feature a live performance from New Orleans hiphop duo The Knux.  Just like last month when they did the secret show with Jay Electronica (which turned out to be at Santos Party House) location is revealed by calling in.  Call 1-800-222-2929 to find out where the show is at and get your name added to the guestlist.

Wu-Tang Around New York City


Looking to get your fix of Wu?  Check out these upcoming Wu-Tang affiliated shows going down this winter:

  • GZA returns to The Gramercy Theatre for a solo show on 01.19.10.  Tickets are $22.50; 16+.   See photos and review of GZA when he performed Liquid Swords in its entirety at Knitting Factory (pictured above).
  • Method Man & Ghostface are just two of the big names on the bill for the “Hip-Hop Legends Concert Series” which brings the December installment to B.B. King Blues Club on 12.23.09.  The night includes a stacked lineup that also features EPMD, Doug E. Fresh, Main Source, Large Professor, Onyx, Showbiz & AG, Masta Ace, Ed O.G., and others.  Tickets are available in advance for $37.
  • Raekwon comes to Irving Plaza on 12.16.09 for a show presented by Hot 97.  Capone-N-Noreaga co-headline the evening.  Tickets are $23 in advance or $27 at the door.

Jadakiss Keeping Busy: New Albums & More Shows


Having released The Last Kiss a few months ago with extensive touring in support of the album it would be easy for powerliveflyerJadakiss to let the year ride out easy.  Jada is keeping busy though with yet another solo album due out in the beginning of 2010.  More exciting though is the highly anticipated New L.O.X. Order, the third studio album from The LOX.  Jadakiss, Styles P, and Sheek Louch have completed their first recording together in more than ten years.

On 12.22.09 DJ Envy hosts Power Live at Highline Ballroom where Jadakiss will be performing live backed by a full band.  With a homecoming performance during holiday time count on the rest of The Lox crew to roll through and show off some tracks from the new record.  Canadian R&B singer Melanie Fiona opens the show.

A & E Album Release Party


aecoverTwo east coast veterans, Masta Ace and Edo G have teamed up to release their debut album together, Arts & Entertainment.  This marks Ace’s second collaboration release in consecutive years after his 2008 release with eMC composed of Wordsworth, Punchline and Stricklin.  ‘Little Young,’ the first single leaked this summer and the full  album is due out later this month.  To celebrate the release of A&E the two perform at Southpaw on 12.22.09 for an album release party with tons of special surprise guests.  Other confirmed guests for the night include Sadat X, Jean Grae, Doitall of Lords of the Underground, Torae and hosted by Homeboy Sandman.  Tickets are $15 at the door and admission includes a free copy of the album.

A Quick Note…


Two months after CMJs I guess the readers (that are still left) were sick of seeing the same post sitting on the top of this site.  A virus took my only computer out of commission and after wasting time trying to fix it I’ve finally said goodbye to that one and am now working with a new laptop.  Aside from the readers here who give me heads up about shows this has always been run by myself from a desktop computer.  If I was ever traveling or not sitting at my computer I didn’t have the time to update the site and in turn lead to way too long of a dead period here.  Moving forward the updates, event postings, and recaps will be back to where they once were and you can count on to provide you with the info on NYC’s music scene that you come here for.

Blacksmith Presents “The Night Before The Night Before Christmas”


New York based Blacksmith Management will present “The Night Before The Night Before Christmas,” a holiday shoblacksmithlogow at Highline Ballroom on 12.23.09.  The night will showcase the hiphop management company’s most recognized artists including Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, Pete Rock, and Strong Arm SteadyTickets are $15 in advance; show starts at 9:00 PM and is all ages.

Pete Rock performed at Highline in 2008 for the New York’s Finest album release party.  Photos and recap from the show here.

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