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Public Enemy, Ghostface & Raekwon To Perform At Pitchfork Music Festival

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If you’re going to be in Chicago sometime between July 18-20, take some time to check out great live music at the annual Pitchfork Music Fest. Taking place in Chicago’s Union Park, the fest will feature a diverse slate of acts including Public Enemy, Ghostface & Raekwon, and Dizzee Rascal along with a number of alternative rock and pop acts. Chicago Innerview will dedicate their entire July issue to complete coverage of the event, so you can either get an offline copy at a location near you, or check out the festival breakdown online.

List of acts:

Day One: Public Enemy, Sebadoh, Mission of Burma

Day Two, 12:30—3:00: Caribou, Jay Reatard, Titus Andronicus, A Hawk & A Hacksaw, Boban & Marko Markovic Orkestar
Day Two, 2:20—5:20: Dizzee Rascal, Fleet Foxes, Fuck Buttons, The Ruby Suns, Icy Demons
Day Two, 5:00—8:00: !!!, The Hold Steady, Elf Power, Vampire Weekend, Extra Golden
Day Two, 7:30—10:00: Animal Collective, Jarvis Cocker, No Age, Atlas Sound

Day Three, 12:30—3:00: Mahjongg, The Dirty Projectors, High Places, Boris, Times New Viking
Day Three, 2:20—5:20: The Apples in Stereo, Les Savy Fav, HEALTH, King Khan & the Shrines, El Guincho
Day Three, 5:00—8:00: Spiritualized, Ghostface & Raekwon, M. Ward, The Dodos, Occidental Brothers Dance Band International
Day Three, 7:30—10:00: Spoon, Dinosaur Jr., Bon Iver, Cut Copy


BET Awards Wrap Up: Al Green Amazes, Jill Scott Engaged, More

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Jill Scott‘s engagement ring was just one on the observations at last night’s BET Awards in Los Angeles. Her drummer, Lil John Roberts is reportedly the lucky man.

Kanye West and UGK lead the winners for the night with two awards each.

Barack Obama buzz swept through the BET Awards.

Reverend Al Green gave a ridiculous performance of his classics “Let’s Stay Together” and “Love and Happiness” and was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Don’t forget to check out his new album.

That was Maxwell who joined Scott to tribute Green. Remember him?

Finally, who can deny the power of Alicia Keys performing with 90s artists TLC, En Vogue and SWV? WOW.

Watch before BET takes it away:

* Best Female R&B Artist: Alicia Keys
* Best Male R&B Artist: Chris Brown
* Best Group: UGK
* Best Gospel Artist: Marvin Sapp
* Best Female Hip-Hop Artist: Missy Elliott
* Best Male Hip-Hop Artist: Kanye West
* Video of the Year: UGK featuring Outkast, “International Player’s Anthem (I Choose You)”
* Best Video Director: Erykah Badu and Mr. Roboto
* Best Actress: Halle Berry
* Best Actor: Denzel Washington
* Female Athlete of the Year: Candace Parker
* Male Athlete of the Year: Kobe Bryant
* Best Collaboration: Kanye West featuring T-Pain, “Good Life”
* Viewers’ Choice Award: Lil Wayne featuring Static, “Lollipop”
* BET J Award: Raheem DeVaughn
* Best New Artist: The-Dream
* Lifetime Achievement Award: Al Green

08, Ne-Yo, Talib Kweli, The Roots, Doug E. Fresh And More To Take A Bite Of The Apple Festival

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Earth Day Network & Green Apple Festival have added a bevy of genre-crossing top names to its Earth Day celebrations on Sunday, Apr. 20th, including, Ne-Yo, Talib Kweli, Doug E. Fresh and Jordin Sparks.

The festival will take the form of eight free simultaneous Earth Day celebrations in landmark parks across the country in cities: New York City (Central Park), Chicago IL (Lincoln Park Zoo), Miami FL (Bicentennial Park), Denver CO (City Park), Dallas TX (Fair Park), San Francisco CA (Golden Gate Park), Los Angeles CA (Santa Monica Pier) and Washington DC on the National Mall.
Interspersed with the live music will be environmental addresses by prominent speakers, green-minded business and educational displays on ways to combat the climate crisis.

Green Apple Festival Schedule:

WASHINGTON DC “Earth Day on the National Mall”
The Roots & Friends (, Ne-Yo, Doug E. Fresh, Talib Kweli, Chrisette Michele)
Gov’t Mule
Toots and the Maytals
Thievery Corp – DJ set
Warren Haynes – solo acoustic set
Umphrey’s McGee
DC Boys Choir
City Dance
*The National Anthem with Jordin Sparks
*Acoustic performance with O.A.R.

NEW YORK (Central Park)
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
Big Head Todd and the Monsters
The Bacon Brothers
Vusi Mahlasela
Vienna Teng

SAN FRANCISCO (Golden Gate Park)
Mickey Hart’s Mass Drums (with Jon Fishman of Phish and Tommy Lee of Motley Crue)
Yonder Mountain String Band
Brett Dennen

MIAMI (Bicentennial Park)
Arrested Development
Baby Loves Salsa
Caravan of Thieves

CHICAGO (Lincoln Park Zoo)
Derek Trucks Band
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Meshell Ndegeocello
Chicago Afrobeat Project
Miss Lori Holton Nash
The Gwalla Gwallas
Event MC- Kyle Orton – Chicago Bears

DALLAS (Fair Park)

Los Lonely Boys
Martin Sexton
Junior Brown
Cas Haley
The Steps
George Stanford

LOS ANGELES (Santa Monica Pier)
Taj Mahal
Ziggy Marley solo acoustic
Escalera (with pro-skaters Danny Way and Bob Burnquist)
Juliette and the Licks
School of Rock Hollywood Allstars
The Frequency
Coby Brown

DENVER (City Park)
The Neville Brothers
The Benevento/Russo Duo
Rose Hill Drive


Lyricist Lounge Hops Aboard The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

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Brooklyn Bodega, the producers of the 4th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, has brought world-famous The Lyricist Lounge onboard to c0-produce the 2008 event.

Said Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival founder and executive director Wes Jackson, “This year’s Festival is going to be a great moment for Hip-Hop. 8 days of movies, concerts, and parties at an affordable price. In the community.”

The festival is slated for July 12th at Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park and, as a result of the partnership a second date has been added for June 28th at Prospect Park.

No artists have been confirmed but there is the obligatory reunion rumor as well as a BHF Tour ’08 tentatively scheduled for Jul. 15th to Aug. 1st.

More info


Ying Yang Twins “Drop” Sneek Peek And New Tour

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Here’s a sneak peek at Ying Yang Twins video for the new track “Drop.” This song has received almost 29 million plays on MySpace. Fans of the duo should be pleased with all the hoochie action promised here. Also check out the Ying Yang still-in-the-works tour schedule below.

AUDIO: Ying Yang Twins – “Drop”

Ying Yang Twins Tour Dates Confirmed
Mar 22 Event CNT, Edmonton, Canada
Mar 26 William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Virginia
Mar 28 Phi Kappa Alpha House, Oxford, Mississippi
Mar 29 Frat House, Starkville, Mississippi
Apr 2 Papas and Beer, Rosarita Beach, Mexico

Ying Yang Twins Tour Unconfirmed Dates and Stops
Apr 7 TBA Boston MA
Apr 9 TBA Bloomington IL
Apr 19 TBA Williamsberg VA
Apr 25 TBA Tiajuana Mexico
Apr 26 TBA TN
May 3 TBA Bosie ID
May 9 TBA Phoenix AZ
May 10 TBA San Francisco CA
May 16 TBA Montgomery AL
May 17-18 TBA Huntsville AL
May 29 TBA Ft. Myers FL


Pitbull Drops New Single And Kicks Off MTV Tres Tour

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Pitbull has dropped another single from recently released album The Boatlift. The track, “The Anthem” features Lil Jon and samples the popular House song “Calabria.”

AUDIO: Pitbull – “The Anthem” feat. Lil Jon

On Mar. 21, Pitbull also kicked off a 16-city tour sponsored by MTV Tres and Sucka Free Latino. The tour will end Apr. 13th in Farmington, New Mexico. See the dates below:

Mar 25: House of Blues , Cleveland, Ohio
Mar 26: House of Blues , Chicago, Illinois
Mar 27: Epic, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mar 28: Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Mar 30: House of Blues , Dallas, Texas
Apr 1: Ogden Theatre, Denver, Colorado
Apr 3: Vault 350, Long Beach, California
Apr 4: House of Blues , San Diego, California
Apr 5: Gotham Hall, San Bernadino, California
Apr 6: Bakersfield, Cal State, California
Apr 9: Crash Mansion, Los Angeles, California
Apr 10: Marquee Theater, Tempe, Arizona
Apr 11: Circus Circus, Las Vegas, Nevada
Apr 13: Big City, Farmington, New Mexico


Del the Funky Homosapien Announces March 2008 Tour Dates

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Del the Funky Homosapien recently announced a number of tour dates, including two performances at this year’s annual South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.

The announcement came a few days after the California underground titan released the video for “Workin’ It,” the first single off of his soon to be released album Eleventh Hour. due Mar. 11th.

AUDIO: Del the Funky Homosapien – “Bubble Pop” from Eleventh Hour

Del the Funky Homosapien tour dates:

March 13 – Opening for SPOON, 7PM. Auditorium Shores Stage (Lady Bird Lake) (Riverside Dr & S 1st St) FREE SHOW!
March 13 – SCOOT INN (SXSW) 11PM
March 20 – A3C Festival – Atlanta, GA (MySpace sponsored
March 21 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
March 22 – Toad’s Place -Richmond, VA
March 23 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
March 26 – Highline Ballroom – NYC, NY


Bun B Preps Sophomore Album, Launches Spring Tour

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Already into the first week of his Spring tour, Bun B is getting ready for the debut of his sophomore solo album, II Trill, due Apr. 29th.

The set will follow up the last album he dropped as a member of UGK (Underground Kingz) with his partner, the late Pimp C.

II Trill will include guest features by artists that include Lupe Fiasco, Lil Wayne, 8 Ball and MJG, David Banner, Rick Ross, Z-Ro, Mya, Mike Jones and Slim Thug, as well as production from Scott Storch, Jazzy Phae and more.

In addition, Bun B is partnering with Microsoft Zune on a series of promotional events and appearances at several Boys & Girls Clubs. Fans can connect with Bun through the online community over at Zune.

Bun B tour dates are as follows (subject to change):


Mar.3rd – 4th New York, NY Press/Promo
Mar. 5th Cleveland , OH Boys & Girls Club and Metropolis
Mar. 6th Indianapolis, IN Lilly Unit Boys & Girls Club
Mar. 7th Detroit, MI Zoo Bar
Mar. 8th Cincinnati, OH Club Annies
Mar. 9th – 10th Chicago, IL Venue TBA
Mar. 12th – 13th Austin, TX South by Southwest
Mar. 14th San Antonio, TX East Side Boys & Girls Club
Mar. 15th Houston, TX Club Levels
Mar. 20th Oklahoma City, OK Venue TBA
Mar. 21st Kansas City, MO Venue TBA
Mar. 22nd St. Louis, MO Mathews Dickey Boy & Girls Club
Mar. 26th-28th Los Angeles, CA Press/Promo and House of Blues
Mar. 29th San Francisco, CA Venue TBA
Mar. 30th Oakland, CA Venue TBA


Winehouse, Hancock, Obama Win At The Grammys

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Troubled Brit singer Amy Winehouse proved she’s still one of the most dynamic performers we’ve seen as she swept the Grammys last night picking up five trophies including best new artist, best female pop vocal performance for “Rehab” and best pop vocal album for her sophomore set Back to Black.

Winehouse’s closest competitor, Kanye West, picked up four awards including best rap album. Both were up for the best album prize, but were surprised when industry legend Herbie Hancock took the award for his tribute to Joni Mitchell. River: The Joni Letters features artists such as Corinne Bailey Rae and Norah Jones doing covers of Mitchell’s songs.

Also winning a Grammy was Democratic presidential hopeful, Barack Obama, in a contest that offered bragging rights but no delegates, defeated Bill Clinton in the category of Best Spoken Word Album with his audiobook “The Audacity of Hope.”

The highlight of the evening was Winehouse’s performance of her hits “You Know I’m No Good” and “Rehab,” beamed via satellite from the UK where she is actually in rehab.

Kanye while receiving his best album award spoke to his mom’s spirit, saying, “I know you’re really proud of me right now, and I know you wouldn’t want me to stop.” He also performed a song in her memory complete with angels.


Mary J. Blige Plans Tour With Jay-Z In The “Heart of the City”

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Queen of hip-hop soul Mary J. Blige plans to hit the tour circuit with rapper/ex-exec Jay-Z this spring for a double bill almost guaranteed to sell out.

Dubbed the “Heart of the City” the trek begins March 22 in Miami and will visit major cities such as New Orleans, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia and Houston.

Blige will be supporting her current album Growing Pains which features the smash hit “Just Fine.” Jay-Z will also perform fan favorites, including stuff from his latest release American Gangster.

A complete itinerary has yet to be confirmed, however tickets go on sale Feb. 15.

Here is a partial schedule for the “Heart of the City” tour:

March 22: Miami (American Airlines Arena)
March 26: Baltimore (1st Mariner Arena)
March 27: Uniondale, N.Y. (Nassau Coliseum)
March 28: East Rutherford, N.J. (Izod Center)
March 30: Philadelphia (Wachovia Center)
April 2: Toronto (Air Canada Centre)
April 3: Boston (TD Banknorth Garden)
April 5: Greensboro, N.C. (Greensboro Coliseum)
April 6: Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center)
April 16: Los Angeles (Hollywood Bowl)