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Roots Picnic 2011 line up announced + more info

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Questlove just announced via Twitter the line-up for the 4th annual Roots Picnic which will be held Saturday, June 4th at the Festival Pier. Check the full press release below to get all the details you’ll need. Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday(03/04) and you’ll be able to find them HERE.

“Saturday, June 4
Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing – Philadelphia

Tickets On Sale This Friday, March 4 at 10am!

Starring: The Roots, Nas (backed by The Roots), Wiz Khalifa, Esperanza Spalding (backed by The Roots), Aerial Pink, Man Man, The Dismemberment Plan, Mac Miller, Yelawolf, Little Dragon, J. Period, Nicos Gun & Donn T.

PHILADELPHIA – Today, the Legendary Roots crew announced the 4th annual ROOTS PICNIC will take place at Philadelphia’s Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing on Saturday, June 4th. The Picnic is one of the hottest shows of the summer, curated entirely by The Legendary Roots Crew to create a unique, genre-bending all day festival in the city of Philadelphia that boasts multiple stages, eclectic collaborations and the latest and greatest of what music has to offer. This year the main stage will have sets from The Roots, Nas (with The Roots), Wiz Khalifa, Esperanza Spalding and more.

Beloved Philadelphians The Roots are among music’s elite and continue to garner critical acclaim with their every move. This year they snagged up three more Grammys to add to their already packed trophy case. They’re also one of the busiest bands around and when they’re not performing a show or in the studio, The Roots can be seen every week night as the house band on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”.

After having Public Enemy and Wu Tang members play backed by the Roots at the Picnic in ’09 and ’10, you need an artist of tremendous stature to back those performances up. Nas is that guy – a man many consider one of the top MC’s in the history of the game. From his brilliant 1994 debut Illmatic, to his mainstream success with It Was Written, to his anthemic ability to tell stories, educate and perform, Nas is the stuff of rap legend. This could go down as the greatest performance at the Roots Picnic ever.

Pittsburgh native Wiz Khalifa may be newer to the scene but has established himself as one of the rap game’s brightest young stars to watch. The artist behind “Black & Yellow” embarked on a stint on the famed “Rock The Bells” tour alongside such legends as Lauryn Hill and Snoop Dogg, which was immediately followed by his nation-wide headlining tour and performing at Bonnaroo and Bamboozled.

Bassist, vocalist, composer and Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding is making her second trip to The Roots Picnic, after blowing the crowd away in 2009. Since her 2008 release of Esperanza, which went on to become the best selling album by a new jazz artist internationally and top the Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart for over 70 weeks, Spalding has not slowed down. Last year, she released Chamber Music Society, which sets her on an upward trajectory to prominence, which culminated by winning a Grammy for best New Artist this year.

Last year’s Picnic was a sold-out affair — among the highlights was the generous serving of The Roots playing back-up band to John Legend and then with Wu Tang Clan’s Method Man, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon. In previous years performers have included TV on the Radio, Vampire Weekend, Public Enemy, The Black Keys, Santigold, Gnarls Barkley, Kid Cudi, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and many more.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 4 at 10am and will be available at, Live Nation Box Office (111 Presidential Blvd, Bala Cynwyd), Festival Pier (Columbus Blvd & Spring Garden St, Phila / day-of-show only) or by-phone at 800-745-3000.” via PR


Written by Colin Kerrigan

February 28, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Royal Bangs touring(Kung Fu Necktie) + releasing new album “Flux Outside”

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Royal Bangs are set to release their new album Flux Outside on March 29th via Glassnote Records. The trio recorded the album in an old house in their hometown of Knoxville, TN and mixed it in western New York with Dave Fridmann, who has worked with The Flaming Lips, MGMT and Sleater Kinney. You can stream “Grass Helmet” off the new record below.

A day after the release of Flux Outside, the band will head out on the road for an extensive US tour. They’ll make their way through Philly on Monday, April 4th at Kung Fu Necktie. Tickets for the show can be found HERE.


Mar 30 GREENVILLE, NC – Live Bar
Mar 31 ASHEVILLE, NC – Emerald Lounge
Apr 01 CHAPEL HILL, NC – Local 506
Apr 02 BALTIMORE, MD – Golden West
Apr 03 WASHINGTON, DC – Black Cat
Apr 04 PHILADELPHIA, PA – Kungfu Necktie
Apr 05 BROOKLYN, NY – Knitting Factory
Apr 06 NEW YORK, NY – Mercury Lounge
Apr 07 BOSTON, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Apr 08 MONTREAL, QC – Casa Del Popolo
Apr 10 BUFFALO, NY – Soundlab
Apr 11 TORONTO, ON – Drake
Apr 12 PITTSBURGH, PA – Brillobox
Apr 13 COLUMBUS, OH – Kobo
Apr 14 CLEVELAND, OH – Grog Shop
Apr 15 DETROIT, MI – Magic Stick
Apr 16 CHICAGO, IL – Empty Bottle
Apr 17 APPLETON, WI – Mill Creek Bar
Apr 18 MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Triple Rock
Apr 19 LINCOLN, NE – Duffy’s Tavern
Apr 20 DENVER, CO – Larimer Lounge
Apr 21 SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Urban Lounge
Apr 22 BOISE, ID – Neurolux
Apr 24 SEATTLE, WA – Chop Suey
Apr 25 VANCOUVER, BC – Media Club
Apr 26 PORTLAND, OR – Holocene
Apr 27 SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Rickshaw Stop
Apr 29 LOS ANGELES, CA – Echo
Apr 30 SAN DIEGO, CA – Soda Bar
May 01 PHOENIX, AZ – Rhythm Room
May 02 TUCSON, AZ – Club Congress
May 04 DALLAS, TX – Club Dada
May 05 AUSTIN, TX – Emo’s
May 06 HOUSTON, TX – Fitzgerald’s
May 07 BATON ROUGE, LA – Spanish Moon
May 08 TALLAHASSEE, FL – Engine Room
May 09 ORLANDO, FL – Will’s Pub
May 11 TAMPA, FL – Crobar
May 12 ATLANTA, GA – 529
May 13 BIRMINGHAM, AL – Bottletree

Written by Colin Kerrigan

February 26, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Trey Anastasio plays Electric Factory tonight(tix still available) + Phish announced summer tour dates(Camden, NJ + presale info)

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Phish‘s lead man Trey Anastasio will play a solo show tonight with the Trey Anastasio Band at the Electric Factory. Surprisingly, it’s not sold out just yet. Tickets can be found HERE or at the door while supplies last.

Trey’s other band, Phish, just announced a summer tour that will see them play shows in cities that are east of the Mississippi. They’ll come to the Philadelphia area on Friday, June 10th where the band will play the Susquehanna Bank Center. General public tickets have not gone on sale yet, but we’ll post a link when they do. However, there is a fan ticket request period going on right now till March 4th. It’s kinda like a presale. You can find all that you need to know about that over at their website.

Phish 2011 Summer Tour dates
5.27 – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts – Bethel, NY
5.28 – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts – Bethel, NY
5.29 – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts – Bethel, NY
5.31 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
6.01 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
6.03 – DTE Energy Center – Detroit, MI
6.04 – Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
6.05 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
6.07 – Comcast Center – Mansield, MA
6.08 – Darien Lake Amphitheatre – Darien, NY
6.10 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
6.11 – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
6.12 – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD
6.14 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park – Alpharetta, GA
6.15 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park – Alpharetta, GA
6.17 – Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre – Charlotte, NC
6.18 – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion – Raleigh, NC
6.19 – Ntelos Pavilion at Harbor Center – Portsmouth, VA


Written by Colin Kerrigan

February 23, 2011 at 11:44 am

Atmosphere releasing new album, touring(Philly date) + shares new MP3

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Atmosphere kick off a short tour of their home state Minnesota tonight, where they’ll play five shows in five days. When that’s all said and done, they’ll start to prepare for a much more extensive tour of the US. The tour will kick off eight days after their seventh album, The Family Sign, drops in 04/12 via RhymeSayers. You can listen to the track “Just For Show” below. Not sure how I feel about it so I’ll let you be the judge. Their labelmate, Blueprint, will join them out on tour and he’ll release a new record as well titled Adventures In Counter-Culture on 04/05. Listen and watch the video below for the new song “Keep Bouncing”.

Their US  tour starts on National Marijuana day in Columbus, OH and wraps up in Boulder, CO a month later. In between those dates, Atmosphere will hit up the Electric Factory on Sunday, April 24th. Tickets for the show can be found HERE.

Atmosphere – Just For Show

The Family Tour – 2011 Tour Dates
04.20.11 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall US
04.21.11 Munhall, PA Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead US
04.22.11 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground US
04.23.11 Boston, MA House of Blues US
04.24.11 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory US
04.26.11 New York, NY Terminal 5 US
04.27.11 Washington, DC 9:30 Club US
04.28.11 Richmond, VA The National US
04.30.11 Birmingham, AL Zydeco US
05.02.11 Austin, TX Stubb’s BBQ Us
05.04.11 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre US
05.05.11 Pomona, CA The Fox Theatre US
05.06.11 San Diego, CA House of Blues US
05.07.11 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre US
05.09.11 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre US
05.10.11 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theatre US
05.12.11 Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall CA
05.13.11 Edmonton, AB The Starlite Room CA
05.14.11 Saskatoon, SK The Odeon CA
05.17.11 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre US
* all dates w/ Atmosphere, Blueprint, Grieves with Budo, Sab The Artist & DJ Abilities

Written by Colin Kerrigan

February 22, 2011 at 7:29 pm

TV On The Radio: new album “Nine Types Of Light” + tour dates(playing Electric Factory)

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TV On The Radio announced a US tour earlier today via their Twitter. They mapped out the entire with individual tweets that all had the hashtag #ninetypesoflights. The hashtag is the title of their new album, Nine Types Of Light which will be released sometime this spring via Interscope Records. It was be their first release since 2008’s Dear Science. We did an interview with Gerard Smith of TVOTR in the spring of 2009. You can read it HERE.

They’ll kick the tour off in Philly at the Electric Factory on Friday, April 8th. Tickets for the show can be found HERE.

TV On The Radio 2011 Spring Tour dates
04/08 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
04/09 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theatre
04/10 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
04/13 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
04/16 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
04/17 – Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis
04/18 – Toronto, Ontario – Sound Academy
04/20 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
04/23-24 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
04/25 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
05/02 – San Diego, CA – 4th and B

Written by Colin Kerrigan

February 22, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Odd Future(OFWGKTA) played The Barbary last night(words + photos)

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The LA youngsters that are Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All left their late night game-changing performance on Fallon Wednesday night via Chinatown bus to play a sold-out Barbary and melt faces. Most of OF was present to run through their wide catalog of self-produced jams (Google “Free Earl” for info on missing members), and the whole crowd was church-like in their unwavering response from start to finish. Obviously the standout of the night was the just-released Tyler, the Creator single “Yonkers,” which was teased a few times earlier but pulled until enough fans left the stage. In fact, stage/crowd distinction was virtually nonexistent. From the second the Creator and company pushed through the crowd to the zombie-synth opening of “Sandwitches,” the Wolf Gang included the entire Barbary.

Shortly after OF left the stage, Tyler the Creator shared his thoughts on Philadelphia in 140-or-less:

Suffice it to say we’ll be seeing the OFWGKTA dudes again. Bring your A-game, 215. These dudes slam.

Sidenote: Tyler, the Creator and Hodgy Beats from Odd Future played Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night. That video is all the way at the bottom of the post.

Words and photos by Michael Donovan

Written by Colin Kerrigan

February 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Radiohead release “The King Of Limbs” early + share video for “Lotus Flower”

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If you haven’t heard yet or have been living in a cave for a the past day or so, Radiohead released their new album, The King Of Limbs, earlier today. They pushed the release up by 24 hours, which was a welcome surprise by everyone. You can grab the album for only $9 via their website or preorder the physical version that will be shipped at a later date.

Along with the early release of their new album, the band shared the video for “Lotus Flow”. It features a Thom Yorke dancing around like a mad-man and it’s great. No one else but him could pull it off. Check it out below.

Written by Colin Kerrigan

February 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm