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 »

The 25 Best Rap Verses Of 2016

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ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 10:  Andre 3000 performs on stage at Lakewood Amphitheatre on September 10, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/FilmMagic)Nas proclaimed Hip Hop Is Dead 10 years ago. He had to raise the stakes on the album with a grandiose title and statement to start a conversation (and sell records). What he most likely meant, coming from the old-school ilk and seeing dance crazes take over the mid-aughts, is that lyricism is dead. More »

Noname, Saba, Phoelix & Chelsea Reject connect for “Counterfeit”

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The 119 Productions crew is back at it again — this time with another heavy hitting single from their forthcoming Countdown 2 Midnight project, due out in the near future. They truly went all out for this release, recruiting the likes of Noname, Saba, Phoelix and Chelsea Reject. Yes, Chi City and BK connect, and there’s nothing counterfeit about “Counterfeit.”

Learn more about 119 and the Midnight project by checking out their site right here.

 

Noname announces US tour in support of Telefone mixtape

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Chicago MC Noname (Fatimah Warner) had actually announced her Telefone mixtape four years ago without a specified release date, so imagine the surprise of fans who had previously witnessed (and were blown away by) her Chance the Rapper affiliation when said mixtape finally saw the light of a graciously free release this past summer. The mixtape was one of our favorites for the month of August, and it furthers your appreciation if you acknowledge the stated goals around the time of its initial formulation: it’s “meant to feel like you’re talking to someone you like on the phone for the first time, exploring their likes and dislikes, dreams and aspirations, and their ideas about the world around them.” And so it did in lieu of me actually talking on the phone, since I only do that when the online ordering system is down for the local pizza place.

The “dreams and aspirations” of Noname fans continue to be fulfilled, because she’s just announced her very first headlining tour in support of the aforementioned Telefone. Check the full list of dates below, and props to her for making this a genuinely national endeavor. Let’s all dial in to a diverse American conference call.

Dates:

11.19.16 – Chicago, IL – Museum of Contemporary Art
12.10.16 – Salt Lake City, UT – In the Venue
12.30.16 – Rosemont, IL – Reaction NYE
01.14.16 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
02.11.16 – Milwaukee, WI – Miramar Theatre
02.12.16 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry
02.15.16 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
02.16.16 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
02.18.16 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
02.19.16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood
02.20.16 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
02.22.16 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake Lounge
02.24.16 – Iowa City, IA – Ballroom at The University of Iowa
02.25.16 – St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room
02.26.16 – Columbus, OH – The Basement
02.28.16 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
03.01.16 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
03.02.16 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
03.03.16 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East Upstairs
03.05.16 – Toronto, ON – Adelaide Hall
03.06.16 – Detroit, MI – El Club

Noname announces US tour in support of Telefone mixtape

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Chicago MC Noname (Fatimah Warner) had actually announced her Telefone mixtape four years ago without a specified release date, so imagine the surprise of fans who had previously witnessed (and were blown away by) her Chance the Rapper affiliation when said mixtape finally saw the light of a graciously free release this past summer. The mixtape was one of our favorites for the month of August, and it furthers your appreciation if you acknowledge the stated goals around the time of its initial formulation: it’s “meant to feel like you’re talking to someone you like on the phone for the first time, exploring their likes and dislikes, dreams and aspirations, and their ideas about the world around them.” And so it did in lieu of me actually talking on the phone, since I only do that when the online ordering system is down for the local pizza place.

The “dreams and aspirations” of Noname fans continue to be fulfilled, because she’s just announced her very first headlining tour in support of the aforementioned Telefone. Check the full list of dates below, and props to her for making this a genuinely national endeavor. Let’s all dial in to a diverse American conference call.

Dates:

11.19.16 – Chicago, IL – Museum of Contemporary Art
12.10.16 – Salt Lake City, UT – In the Venue
12.30.16 – Rosemont, IL – Reaction NYE
01.14.16 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
02.11.16 – Milwaukee, WI – Miramar Theatre
02.12.16 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry
02.15.16 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
02.16.16 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
02.18.16 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
02.19.16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood
02.20.16 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
02.22.16 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake Lounge
02.24.16 – Iowa City, IA – Ballroom at The University of Iowa
02.25.16 – St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room
02.26.16 – Columbus, OH – The Basement
02.28.16 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
03.01.16 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
03.02.16 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
03.03.16 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East Upstairs
03.05.16 – Toronto, ON – Adelaide Hall
03.06.16 – Detroit, MI – El Club

Noname announces US tour in support of Telefone mixtape

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Chicago MC Noname (Fatimah Warner) had actually announced her Telefone mixtape four years ago without a specified release date, so imagine the surprise of fans who had previously witnessed (and were blown away by) her Chance the Rapper affiliation when said mixtape finally saw the light of a graciously free release this past summer. The mixtape was one of our favorites for the month of August, and it furthers your appreciation if you acknowledge the stated goals around the time of its initial formulation: it’s “meant to feel like you’re talking to someone you like on the phone for the first time, exploring their likes and dislikes, dreams and aspirations, and their ideas about the world around them.” And so it did in lieu of me actually talking on the phone, since I only do that when the online ordering system is down for the local pizza place.

The “dreams and aspirations” of Noname fans continue to be fulfilled, because she’s just announced her very first headlining tour in support of the aforementioned Telefone. Check the full list of dates below, and props to her for making this a genuinely national endeavor. Let’s all dial in to a diverse American conference call.

Dates:

11.19.16 – Chicago, IL – Museum of Contemporary Art
12.10.16 – Salt Lake City, UT – In the Venue
12.30.16 – Rosemont, IL – Reaction NYE
01.14.16 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
02.11.16 – Milwaukee, WI – Miramar Theatre
02.12.16 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry
02.15.16 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
02.16.16 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
02.18.16 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
02.19.16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood
02.20.16 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
02.22.16 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake Lounge
02.24.16 – Iowa City, IA – Ballroom at The University of Iowa
02.25.16 – St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room
02.26.16 – Columbus, OH – The Basement
02.28.16 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
03.01.16 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
03.02.16 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
03.03.16 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East Upstairs
03.05.16 – Toronto, ON – Adelaide Hall
03.06.16 – Detroit, MI – El Club