Noname Is Spoken Word’s Last, Best Hope

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NonameFatimah Warner wasn’t a music person as a kid. In a recent FADER profile, we learn that she grew up with her grandparents and that music wasn’t that big of a presence in her life through most of her childhood. The rapper known as Noname didn’t fall into rap through the sort of … More »

Noname shares dates for 2019 tour in support of just-dropped album Room 25

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I know traditionally most Americans like to wait until the moment the ball drops at 00:00 EST on January 1 to plan out the entirety of their year, but you might need to take the shrink-wrap off your 2019 calendar a little early for this: starting bright and early on January 2, acclaimed singer/rapper Noname is headed out on tour across the U.S. But don’t worry! I’ve consulted a host of academic scholars, scientists, criminal defense lawyers, and corporate executives, and they all agree: there’s no reason why the holidays have to end after January 1! These are one-percenters, people — they know what they’re talking about!

The tour kicks off in snowy Detroit and concludes in sunny Oakland in March. For the full list of dates, as well as a fancy embed of Noname’s new album, Room 25, which just dropped today, look below.

Noname dates:

01.02.19 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
01.03.19 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall
01.04.19 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
01.05.19 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
01.06.19 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
01.09.19 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
01.11.19 – Boston, MA – Royale
01.12.19 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
01.14.19 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
01.17.19 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham Theater
01.18.19 – Tampa, FL – Ritz Ybor
01.19.19 – Tallahassee, FL – The Moon
01.21.19 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
01.23.19 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
01.24.19 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
01.25.19 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
01.26.19 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee
02.21.19 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
03.15.19 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater

Stream Noname’s new project ‘Room 25’

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Long awaited. I guess that’s one way to put it. Or, honestly, the only way to put it. Highly anticipated. …

Stream Noname’s Incredible Debut Album Room 25

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Noname - Room 25In some genres, not releasing any new music for two years after your breakthrough release is normal behavior. For a rapper, it’s highly unorthodox. Well, maybe more rappers should follow Noname’s lead. The Chicago slam poet turned goddess MC has spent the two years since Telefone, her remarkable debut mixtape, quietly concocting the … More »

Noname Announces New Album Room 25 Out This Week

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Noname - Room 25More than two years have passed since the Chicago rapper Noname released Telefone, the project that graduated her from a noteworthy guest on Chance The Rapper and Mick Jenkins tracks to a big-deal artist in her own right. Since then, she’s hopped on a few more songs by Chicago brethren such as Saba … More »

Indiana University announces festival dedicated to author Kurt Vonnegut, feat. Thee Oh Sees, Father John Misty, Shabazz Palaces, and more

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The world undoubtedly needs more author-themed music festivals — and since a festival dedicated to George Orwell would necessarily involve the booked artists violating our personal liberties, we should all be more than enamored/supportive of the following Granfalloon-come-true : A Kurt Vonnegut Convergence, a new hybrid “conference and festival” which the Indiana University Arts & Humanities Council (and TMT writer Ed Comentale, full disclosure) are hosting this May 10-12.

Vonnegut passed away in 2007, and there’s little debate as to his ridiculously awesome legacy of writing ridiculous/absurd novels that simultaneously hold mass appeal. He was also a notable non-basketball product of The Hoosier State, so it obviously makes sense that the IU vicinity in Bloomington would be the site to honor the iconic, curly-haired satirist. I’m told via press release that IU’s Lilly Library is “home to the largest collection of Vonnegut books and manuscripts in the world.”

That library will be the site of an archival exhibit set up for the “convergence,” while a two-day “academic conference of panels and keynote speakers” essentially rounds out the non-musical homages.

Musically, however, we’re looking at performances from Father John Misty, Damien Jurado, Oh Sees, Noname, Shabazz Palaces, Baths, Waxahatchee, Amy O, Voces Novae, and Rodeola at various Bloomington venues. FJM in particular is recognized in press as a noted Vonnegut fan. (Though TBH, I can’t imagine any non-fans accepting this particular gig. It seems too risky to basically vouch for an unfamiliar author.)

Anyway, check out the FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS HERE. And don’t forget, my dear prospective attendees: “If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you’re a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind.”

Noname & Supa Bwe join Joseph Chilliams on “Kale”

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Former FSD employee (Twitter inside joke!) Joseph Chilliams brings forth his latest drop from his forthcoming debut, Henry Church. This …

Noname covers the Red Eye

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The Red Eye might be switching up to be a weekly publication, but the love they show Chicago artists will never change — as today Noname hits the front cover. Noname’s Telefone project was one of 2016’s most acclaimed and celebrated, and next week she’s playing two sold out shows at the Metro. And to be honest, I think she could sell out a third.

In an interview with Josh Terry, Noname discusses Telefone and taking her time to release it, and reveals that it only took a month (gasp!) to make.

Read the full piece here. 

But what might have been good for her career would not have been good for her as a person and artist. “It’s been difficult these past couple of years not coming out with ‘Telefone’ in like everyone thinking that after ‘Acid Rap,’ I missed my opportunity,” she explains. Warner kept on, listening to herself rather than outside pressure. “I’m just glad that I’d listened to myself and trusted myself because I could’ve put something out, but it wouldn’t have been good! It wouldn’t have been what I wanted it to be and what I knew I could do.” …

…”While it took me three years to put it out, actually making it took like a month,” she explains of the monthlong studio session she did with Saba and producer Phoelix, who were simultaneously working on the former’s “Bucket List Project.” In fact, she ended up scrapping the original concept (which was about a literal phone conversation) to make what would become a new and improved “Telefone,” releasing it in July.

Watch SNL’s “Last Christmas With Obama” Music Video With Chance The Rapper & D.M.C.

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Chance The Rapper and D.M.C.Chance The Rapper didn’t host Saturday Night Live last night, but he certainly took it over. Chancellor Bennett’s third appearance on the show (second as the headlining musical guest) featured two moving musical performances plus funny appearances in a sketch and a digital short. More »

Watch SNL’s “Last Christmas With Obama” Music Video With Chance The Rapper & D.M.C.

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Chance The Rapper and D.M.C.Chance The Rapper didn’t host Saturday Night Live last night, but he certainly took it over. Chancellor Bennett’s third appearance on the show (second as the headlining musical guest) featured two moving musical performances plus funny appearances in a sketch and a digital short. More »