KAYTRANADA, Solange’s Saint Heron & More Announced For Afropunk Brooklyn 2017


The official line-up has been announced for this year’s Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn, which sees SZA, Sampha, Thundercat, KAYTRANADA, Sango, Michael Kiwanuka, Dizzee Rascal, Willow Smith and more making appearances. Also: certain outlets are claiming that Mary J. Blige will be taking to the stage as well.

Afropunk Brooklyn takes place in Commodore Barry Park 26th to 27th August. Get more information (and tickets) here.

Five Acts To Check Out At This Year’s MoogFest


Next month, Durham will play host to this year’s MoogFest, an innovative mash-up of artists, designers and creatives birthed from the genius of Dr. Robert Moog. We’re excited by what’s to come during those few days (17th to 21st May), particularly in regards to who’ll be contributing to the music side of this event. Below, we’ve grouped of five such acts to check out:

Flying Lotus

The always-forward thinking Flying Lotus (who — via his Brainfeeder imprint — has helped shed light on the likes of Lapalux and Thundercat) will certainly be bringing his deathly awesome vibes to Durham, thanks to releases like You’re Dead! (as well as classic drops Los Angeles and Cosmogramma and Until The Quiet Comes). Hopefully, the West Coast producer will also be providing some entertainment on the festival’s film side — he recently premiered his, um…cringeworthy film Kuso at Sundance.

Expect a mix of nostalgic, Jazz-y Funk, experimental Hip-Hop and mind-bending Electronica when Steve takes the stage.

Talib Kweli

One of the dopest things about MoogFest is diversity and push and social change: the event’s coordinators made this clear during last year’s debate over HB2 (the now-infamous ‘Bathroom Bill’). This year, that resistance continues with their Protest Stage, which will also take aim at Donald Trump’s travel ban — leading that line-up will be none other than Talib Kweli, who will bring his timeless brand of Hip-Hop (and hopefully a guest or two…a Black Star and Reflection Eternal reunion, perhaps?) to the forefront.

Check out Talib Kweli’s latest project — his collab piece with 9th Wonder, titled Indie 500here. Other recent drops can be found via his website.

Mykki Blanco

Mykki Blanco has been blazing her own trail for a while now, thanks to a slew of EPs and mixtapes that have been dropping for much of this decade…as a result, the artist of many different identities (gender fluid being one of them) has almost single-handedly pioneered the LGBTIQ’s entry into the depths of Hip-Hop culture. Now, Mykki will be bringing her genre-bending style to MoogFest, fresh off of last year’s debut album Mykki (as well as a recent collaboration with Wiki back in January).

Michael Stipe

Fans of the now-defunct R.E.M. already know what it means to hear the voice of former frontman Michael Stipe (please refer to their discography). Now, it’s been announced that the legendary singer-songwriter would be debuting both a “never-before-seen” multimedia installation (which will run through the duration of the festival) as well as his “first solo composition ever”. Given his presence as an activist, you can expect a powerful message from Stipe as well.

Stones Throw

Peanut Butter Wolf’s Stone Throw Records will be making an appearance at MoogFest as well, sharing their set with Matthewdavid and Jesselissa Moretti’s Leaving Records (of which Stones Throw is its exclusive distributor). While Leaving Records is sure to provide some great surprises, we’re pretty hype about the possibilities that come with Stones Throw — artists like Tuxedo, Homeboy Sandman, Karriem Riggins, Knxwledge (one half of NxWorries with Anderson .Paak) and even Snoop Dogg collaborator Dâm-Funk are signed to the historic label.

Check out the full schedule (and get your tickets) for MoogFest here.

Miguel, Kamasi Washington & More To Headline Northside Festival 2017


New York festival Northside Festival has announced its initial line-up for 2017: Dirty Projectors, Miguel, Kamasi Washington and Thursday have been revealed as the headliners. In addition, Craig Leon & Martin Rev, Downtown Boys, Elvis Depressedly, Elysia Crampton, The Explosion, Foodman, Girlpool, Happyness, Hoops, The Hotelier and more will be taking to one of the many stages as well (set to go down across various venues in Brooklyn). There’s also an ‘Innovation’ leg that sees appearances from the likes of SNL‘s Sasheer Zamata, VICE HBO‘s Tim Clancy and representatives from The FADER, Fast Company, VOX and the Tribeca Film Institute.

Northside takes place 7th to 11th June; you can get your tickets (as well as additional information) at the festival’s official website.

Lollapalooza Announces 2017 Line-Up


Following their Paris leg announcement, Lollapalooza has announced their return to Chicago’s Grant Park this August. As expected, the line-up is beyond massive: Chance The Rapper, The Killers, Musa, Arcade Fire, The xx, Lorde, Blink-182, DJ Snake and Justice lead the way as headliners. You can check that line-up out below.

It all takes place 3rd to 6th August. You can get your tickets here.

Skepta Reveals ‘Banned From America’ Tour Dates

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Finally, Skepta will be making his return to America next month…dubbed the Banned From America tour, the Boy Better Know general will be kicking off his forthcoming schedule at Coachella, before making stops in Chicago, D.C., New York and various parts of Canada (including — no surprise here — Toronto). Check out the dates above.

LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest & Solange To Headline Pitchfork 2017 (UPDATE)


UPDATE: We now have a full line-up, which sees Danny Brown, PJ Harvey, Isaiah Rashad and many more added to the line-up. Check that out below.


From 14th to 16th July, media outlet Pitchfork will once again hold it’s highly-coveted music festival in Chicago’s Union Park. Today, they’ve announced that LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest and Solange will be handling headliner duties…in addition, Solange’s Saint Heron imprint will be working in conjunction with the festival to host a cool music and culture series beginning on the 13th of July, which is detailed below:

  • Thursday, July 13th @ Black Cinema House at the Stony Island Arts Bank – Saint Heron curated evening of film and discussion
  • Friday, July 14th @ Soho House Chicago – Poetry reading and discussion presented by Young Chicago Authors and Saint Heron
  • Saturday, July 15th @ The Promontory – Saint Heron Presents an After Fest Jazz Jam & Party featuring the select house band and special surprise guests
  • Friday, July 14th – Sunday, July 16th @ On-site Saint Heron Installation Space – Saint Heron will feature works from contemporary black art makers for the duration of the festival

Get your tickets to Pitchfork 2017 here.

Ed Sheeran Tops All The Charts, Reveals North American Tour Dates


Make no mistake: Ed Sheeran is holding the music crown for 2017 thus far, thanks to the release of his new album ÷ (or Divide). Thanks to ‘Goliath’ album sales, Divide has scored number one spots in a whopping 14 countries — including on the UK’s Official Album Chart (672,000 units sold) and America’s Billboard 200 (451,000 units sold). In addition, all 16 tracks on Divide have landed on the Top 20 singles chart (with some controversy, apparently). Save to say that Sheeran’s the one to beat this year.

In related news, the singer-musician has also announced some North American dates, which are all set to kick off this Summer. You can check out that schedule — as well as the announcement, and his alcohol-fuelled interview with The Breakfast Club — below.

Jun. 29 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
Jun. 30 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
Jul. 1 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Jul. 7 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Jul. 9 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
Jul. 11 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Jul. 14 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Jul. 15 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Jul. 18 – Quebec City, QC – Videotron Centre
Jul. 19 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Jul. 22 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
Jul. 23 – Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre
Jul. 25 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
Jul. 28 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Jul. 29 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
Jul. 30 – Portland, OR – Mode Center
Aug. 1 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
Aug. 2 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
Aug. 4 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
Aug. 5 – Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
Aug. 6 – San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino Center
Aug. 10 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
Aug. 15 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Aug. 17 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
Aug. 18 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Aug. 19 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Aug. 22 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Aug. 25 – Duluth, GA – Infinite Energy Center
Aug. 29 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Center
Aug. 30 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
Aug. 31 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
Sept. 2 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
Sept. 3 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
Sept. 5 – Charleston, SC – North Charleston Center
Sept. 7 – Louisville, KY – KFC YUM! Center
Sept. 8 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Sept. 9 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
Sept. 12 – Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center
Sept. 15 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
Sept. 17 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
Sept. 19 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
Sept. 22 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Sept. 26 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
Sept. 27 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Sept. 29 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
Sept. 30 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
Oct. 3 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
Oct. 6 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

Little Simz Is Joining Ab-Soul On Tour

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This is dope: Ab-Soul has announced his ‘YMF’ North American tour, and joining him as a support act is none other than London’s own Little Simz. It all kicks off next month in Vancouver; you can check out those dates below.

In related news, you can check out Ab-Soul and Little Simz new albums — Do What Thou Wilt and Stillness In Wonderlandhere and here, respectively.

Radiohead & Kendrick Lamar Are Headlining Coachella; Lady Gaga Replaces Beyoncé (UPDATE)


UPDATE: Well…it looks like Beyoncé’s twin pregnancy is taking her out of this year’s Coachella Festival. Good new though — not only is she confirmed for 2018, Lady Gaga will also be taking her place for the upcoming run. So there’s that.


Without a doubt, Coachella 2017 will be massive (as it is every year). Recently, the full line-up for the festival was released, which sees Radiohead, Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar as headliners….they’ll be joined by essentially everybody — The xx, Travis Scott, ScHoolboy Q, Future, Gucci Mane, Dillon Francis, DJ Snake, Lorde, Lil Uzi Vert….everybody.

You can check out the impressive line-up below. Coachella takes place in Indio, California 14th to 16th April and 21st to 23rd April. Get your tickets here.

J. Cole Announces ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ World Tour


Big deal. J. Cole has announced his massive 4 Your Eyez Only world tour in lieu of his latest album of the same name, which will kick off this June in South Carolina (there’s also an October stop in London).

You can see a more details schedule below; tickets officially go live tomorrow (Friday).

06-01 Columbia, SC – The Music Farm
06-02 Jacksonville, FL – Mavericks Live
06-03 Tallahassee, FL – Potbelly’s
06-05 Jackson, MS – Hal & Hal’s
06-06 Birmingham, AL – Avondale Brewing Company
06-07 Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre
06-09 Little Rock, AR – Metroplex Event Center
06-11 Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre @ the Midland
06-13 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
06-14 Memphis, TN – The New Daisy Theater
06-15 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
06-17 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
06-18 Greensboro, NC – Cone Denim Entertainment Center
07-06 Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
07-08 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
07-09 Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
07-11 Inglewood, CA – The Forum
07-15 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
07-17 Seattle, WA – Keyarena
07-18 Vancouver, British Columbia – Pepsi Live @ Rogers Arena
07-21 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
07-23 Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
07-24 Chicago, IL – United Center
07-28 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
08-01 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
08-04 Boston, MA – TD Garden
08-05 Uniondale, NY – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
08-06 Baltimore, MD – Royal Farms Arena
08-08 Washington, DC – Verizon Center
08-09 Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
08-11 Duluth, GA – Infinite Energy Arena
08-14 Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
08-16 Orlando, FL – Amway Center
08-18 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
08-19 Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
08-20 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
09-29 Copenhagen, Denmark – Tap 1
09-30 Oslo, Norway – Spektrum
10-01 Stockholm, Sweden – Annexet
10-03 Cologne, Germany – Palladium
10-05 Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
10-06 Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
10-07 Frankfurt, Germany – Stadthalle Offenbach
10-09 Zurich, Switzerland – Samsung Hall
10-10 Paris, France – Le Zénith
10-12 Nottingham, England – Motorpoint Arena
10-14 Birmingham, England – Barclaycard Arena
10-15 London, England – The O2 Arena
10-18 Dublin, Ireland – 3Arena
10-20 Cardiff, Wales – Motorpoint Arena
10-21 Manchester, England – Manchester Arena
10-22 Leeds, England – First Direct Arena
12-01 Auckland, New Zealand – Vector Arena
12-02 Brisbane, Australia – Riverstage
12-05 Sydney, Australia – Hordern Pavilion
12-06 Melbourne, Australia – Margaret Court Arena
12-09 Perth, Australia – HBF Stadium

The Weeknd Announces ‘Starboy: Legend of the Fall’ World Tour (UPDATE)



UPDATE: Rae Sremmurd, Belly and 6LACK have been added to the North American leg of The Weeknd’s tour.

It looks like The Weeknd is already locking in his stake for 2017; the Canadian singer announced his Starboy: Legend Of The Fall world tour, which will see him all over the Americas and Europe starting in February (including two O2 Arena dates in March). There will also be special guests at various stops (UPDATE: We now know that Bryson Tiller and Lil Uzi Vert will be on the UK/European leg).

Check out the full schedule below…hopefully, we’ll know when the tickets actually go on sale soon. In the meantime, Starboy is still dropping 25th November.