Lauryn Hill Will Be Performing ‘Miseducation’ On Tour This Summer


The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill turns 20 this year, and to celebrate, the singer will be playing the album in its entirety on a North American tour beginning this summer. She’ll kick off in Virginia Beach in July, and finish in St. Louis in October. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, with part of the proceeds going towards the MLH Foundation, the singer’s non-profit organization that “directly contributes support for education, health, agriculture, technology, and community based businesses and development initiatives throughout the Diaspora,” according to the announcement.

Hill’s debut – and only – solo release, Miseducation went eight times platinum in the U.S., and won two Grammy’s (for Album of the Year and Best R&B Album). The singer also took home three more Grammys that year for Best New Artist, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song for “Doo Wop (That Thing),” the lead single from the album.

Of the record, she says: “This album chronicled an intimate piece of my young existence. It was the summation of most, if not all, of my most hopeful and positive emotions experienced to that date. I Loved and believed deeply in my community’s ability to both Love and heal itself provided it received the right amount of support and encouragement. Our world today, both complex and changing, is in need of the balance between moral fortitude and cathartic expression. I hope the Love and energy that permeated this work can continue to inspire change with Love and optimism at the helm.”

Refresh your memory and listen to it, below.



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Esperanza Spalding Announces Tour of the Americas

Fans of the jazzy, modern-day Joni Mitchell rejoice! Earlier this year, Esperanza Spalding released the awesome new album Emily’s D+Evolution, which has already garnered critical acclaim and made it onto Vulture’s Best Albums of 2016 so far. Now, Pitchfork reports, the singer will be touring both North and South America to promote her new music.

Find her North American tour dates below, and get tickets here:

08-13 Richmond, VA – Richmond Jazz Festival
09-03 High Point, NC – John Coltrane Int Jazz & Blues Festival
09-16 Santiago, Chile – Teatro Cariola
09-18 Lima, Peru – Museo de Arte Contemporaneo
09-19 Bogota, Colombia – Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo
09-21 Sao Paulo, Brazil – Cine Joia
09-23 Buenos Aires, Argentina – Teatro Gran Rivadavia
09-29 Augusta, GA – Westobou Festival
09-30 Macon, GA – Cox Capitol Theatre
10-01 Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley
10-02 Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley
10-05 Charlotte, NC – McGlohon Theater
10-07 Pittsburgh, PA – August Wilson Center for African American Culture
10-08 Morristown, NJ – Mayo Performing Arts Center
10-09 Annapolis, MD – Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
10-11 Wilmington, DE – World Café Live at The Queen
10-14 Burlington, VT – Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
10-16 Ithaca, NY – State Theater
10-18 Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts
10-20 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
10-21 Louisville, KY – Bomhard Theater
10-23 Kent, OH – The Kent Stage
10-24 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
10-25 Iowa City, IA – Englert Civic Theater
10-27 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
10-28 Eau Claire, WI – Eau Claire Regional Arts Center & State Theatre
10-30 Madison, WI – Shannon Hall

Listen to Spalding’s “One,” off of her latest record, below.

HAIM Covers a Prince Classic, Debuts New Material at California Tour Kick-Off

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After announcing their return to music in late March, sister trio HAIM kicked off their summer tour Tuesday night in Santa Ana, California at The Observatory. With it came fresh, new material and a spot-on cover of Prince’s 1984 classic, “I Would Die 4 U.” Though sonically HAIM’s version didn’t stray too far from the original, the group closed with some in-synch, tongue-in-cheek choreography, which, of course, made the crowd go wild—us, too.

During the set, HAIM teased their forthcoming sophomore album with two never-before-heard songs—one called, “Give Me Just a Little of Your Love,” and the other titled, “Nothing’s Wrong.” Both have already garnered comparisons to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, as well as ’80s Fleetwood Mac, which doesn’t sound too alien in comparison to their summer-pop breakout LP Days Are Gone.

The National & Frightened Rabbit Unite For The Ultimate Melancholy-White-Dude Tour

Good news for any sad-sack caucasians out there who enjoy music that tenderly removes your heart and takes it apart like a pocket watch and leaves the pieces scattered on the floor: Scottish quintet Frightened Rabbit, who had a strong showing with Pedestrian Verse in February, and The National, who drop their new album Trouble Will Find Me later this month, will join forces this fall to make you feel your feelings.

And while Frightened Rabbit is certainly capable of devastating you with the recorded version of their scrape and jangle, nothing can compare to the ferocity (or raw vulnerability) of their live shows. Witness this recent half-hour set from SXSW, which veers from blistering squall to stripped-down ballads. “Backyard Skulls,” a new song that comes around the four-minute mark, is a highlight.

Meanwhile, The National – maybe to assuage the pains of having to promote a new album – have been getting fairly conceptual with their old stuff. On May 5th, over at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, they played the song “Sorrow” from High Violet for six hours straight—105 times in all—with drummer Bryan Devendorf sitting out a single performance. Featuring a soulful, muted trumpet and cello-bowed guitar, it has the otherworldly grace of the band’s best work.

So, think you’re happy-go-lucky enough to withstand this double bill? Here are the dates you need to know:

9/8 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium

9/9 – Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy Centre

9/11 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte

9/12 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

9/13 – Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheater

9/15 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theatre

9/17 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre

9/21 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield Winery

9/22 – Vancouver, BC @ PNE Amphitheatre 

See New York Through the Eyes of a Beastie Boys Superfan

The passing of Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch left holes in the hearts of hip-hop heads and New Yorkers of many stripes, but in the wake of his passing last spring, there have been more acts of celebration of MCA and the Beasties than of mourning. There was MCA Day in May, observed with a giant party in Union Square, and a resolution passed in the New York State Senate honoring his life.

Because, as everyone knows, the Beasties can’t, they won’t and they don’t stop, one megafan is inviting all of his friends (134 are marked as attending on Facebook) to a Beasties fan celebration and tour this Saturday, the eve of what would (and let’s be real, should) have been Yauch’s 48th birthday. Beginning at Frederick Douglass Playground, Palk will take fellow Beastie pilgrims on a walking/subway tour of sites important to the growth and impact of the hip-hop trio, beginning with the site of John Berry’s loft, where Michael “Mike D” Diamond played in The Young Aborigines and met MCA at one of their gigs, laying the groundwork for what would be the Beasties. Other key landmarks include iconic punk performance space 171A, Oscilloscope Laboratories and the site of the Paul’s Boutique album cover. A complete lineup of destinations can be found here. The celebration continues with a party at the Overlook Grill. In terms of ways to spend your weekend, you could do a whole lot worse than this.

Dumps, Dives, and Holes: Magik Markers Played Death by Audio

Magik Markers, an amazing performance-driven noise trio, played Death by Audio Saturday. Green light flooded the stage. I thought there’d be more people there. However, when singer Elisa Ambrogio’s presence took over the smokey room, time moved differently, quickly and slowly, as she diminished barriers between performer and performance, herself and the music. I don’t know how long they played for, or how many songs they did, but I was left with feeling, an indescribable impression. We sat down for a funny little chat after the show.

While Magik Markers have been around since 2001, the first time I saw them was in 2007 at a silent movie theater in Los Angeles. At the time on Thurston Moore’s label Ecstatic Peace!, they played alongside The Entrance Band and Six Organs of Admittance, both of whom I was excited to see. I didn’t know who they were at the time, but remember being totally captivated by their experimentalism, something I hadn’t had too much experience with at that point. From what I remember of that show, their music has evolved immensely. What was more chaotically noisy has been honed into a driving haze, one that defies the conventional constructs of song without sacrificing the concept all together. Their songs are sound-based music – not noise, mindless and random – a common trap noise artists fall into that seems to plague and taint the genre for many listeners. Elisa at times used her voice like a guitar, her guitar like a voice; there was no difference between the two of them. As a trio, they were seamlessly in line with one another, creating walls of sound and feeling.The songs were distinct, and not so long that their presence became daunting.  It was a great show. Afterward, I went to talk to Ambrogio, who was awesome, funny, and nice.
Where are you guys from originally?
Hartford, Connecticut.
And you live in Massachusetts now?
I first saw you in 2007, or six, in LA… what have you guys been doing since then?
In 2007 we put out Boss, then in 2009 we put out Balf Quarry. We have a new record coming out in the next couple months on Drag City that, I don’t know what the name of it is yet, but I think it’s gonna be called LA Law or, let’s see… Surrender to the Fantasy; it’ll be one of those two titles. Look for that in your local record store. Also, we did a split with Sic Alps last year. That was called… I dunno… it was a split with Sic Alps.
Eh, fuck it. So, when did you guys open for Sonic Youth?
2004 or five.
Was it cool?
Yeah, it was cool. Those guys are really nice. They’re really, really supportive of other people.
Something I noticed in your show tonight…
I know, I got fat. Don’t be mean! That’s not me!
Shhh! So, on your record you usually play…
Pete got fat.
Shut up!
It’s super awkward. We all want to tell him but we won’t.
No! Now, you usually play songs on your records, but your live show is more of a long jam. Is that an intentional thing or…
It is an intentional thing when we don’t practice at all before a show. Like for instance tonight, we didn’t practice at all, so we we’re just like oh, let’s play.
Why did you congratulate your drummer Pete at the end of the show?
He just got a new house.
East Hampton, Massachusetts. He bought a house with his wife. So now they’re gonna live in Massachusetts instead of in Greenpoint.
Wait, so you live in Massachusetts and he lives in Greenpoint… is that why you guys didn’t practice?
That sounds about right. Okay, so you have a new album coming out. Are you guys doing a tour soon or anything that people should look out for?
Actually in May we’re touring with Black Bananas, which is Jennifer Herrema from RTX and Royal Trux, her new band, and this band Jealousy. I don’t know anything about them, but Black Bananas I’m really excited to tour with because she’s kind of like an idol of mine. If I had musical idols, it would be Kim Gordon and Jennifer Herrema.
So you kind of have all the bases covered.
I’m stoked.
You can die now.
Yeah, or I can just like dress like her. I can just look like a weird, shitty version of her…
A distorted mirror…
People will be like, "Oh no, Elisa wears fur tails with everything!" And I can just be like, "I wish I was that lady… she’s really cool!"