Prospect Park summer concert lineup announced

bigboi

The 2013 Celebrate Brooklyn concert series at the Prospect Park Bandshell includes some great free shows including Big Boi, Mavis Staples and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. There are also five paid ticketed shows for Beck, Robert Plant, The Roots/Jim James, Belle and Sebastian, and Barenaked Ladies/Ben Folds. Decide which shows to ride the G train to with the full list below [Read more…]

The Most Blogged About Shows This Week

The Roots

This week’s edition of “Most Blogged About Shows” falls on a leap day.  Much has changed since the last leap day.

On February 29, 2008:

–      George W. Bush was in the White House.

–      “Road margaritas” were readily available from Turkey’s Nest on Bedford Ave.

–      The domestication of dogs continued, unabated.

–      Zucotti Park was just some concrete slab.

–      Chillwave was nothing more than a twinkle in Ernest Greene’s eye

What was our MOST BUZZED artist, The Roots, doing in 2008?

Why, they embarrassingly cut a single with FALL OUT BOY lead singer Patrick Stump!  Sorry guys, we didn’t forget about that (even if you tried to make us by cutting it from the LP.)  Don’t let that dissuade you from seeing them on Tuesday at the Apollo Theater.  One thing has NOT changed; The Roots are an INCREDIBLE live act and one of the best hip-hop acts of all time.  Don’t miss out.

My personal CAN’T MISS shows this week are Cults, Writer and Mrs. Magician on Friday night over at Maxwell’s, and Tennis and Hospitality, Monday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg.  I’m all about the female-fronted acts this week.

If you can’t make it all the way out to Maxwell’s on Friday, Matthew Dear, Blondes and Helado Negro bring their electronic stylings to Bowery Ballroom.  Don’t end the night there – hop on the M for the after-party over at Glasslands, which features a DJ set by Dabrye.

Speaking of Glasslands, they have an absurdly good hip-hop show this weekend with Oakland’s own Main Attrakionz, with BBU, Greedhead’s Big Baby Gandhi and Beans of Antipop Consortium.  Also at Glasslands, shoegaze-revivalists Widowspeak front a Captured Tracks showcase Saturday night, with Mac DeMarco and Quilt supporting.

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The Roots and John Legend cover Arcade Fire

I was pretty excited to hear a soul cover of “Wake Up.” With it’s hopefulness and positive energy I was really hoping this would be a banger. But I guess when the original is so huge sounding, anything else will always seem to fall flat. But if anyone can get away with this cover, I’ll let The Roots do it.