Daily Archives: August 7, 2013

NYC Tonight: Giant Step Presents #OFFLINE with Q-Tip (@QtiptheAbstract) Every Wednesday night at Output


This week, Giant Step’s #Offline series continues with Q-Tip who has been throwing down for the past three weeks. DJ Kamal will be opening the night again with his unique blend of soulful sounds ranging from, Deep House, Hip Hop, Dub, Afrobeat, Soul classics, Salsa and beyond. “The concept of Offline is a party that brings all elements of New York club culture together with great music, diverse people and no bottle service,” states Q-Tip. “I started the party last year as a monthly at Irving Plaza with great success, but now I’m happy to have found a home at Output in Williamsburg and can’t wait to play my music on their house sound system.” Maurice Bernstein, President/CEO of Giant Step adds, “This is the first weekly we have done since the original Giant Step parties over a decade ago, and only Q-Tip could have persuaded me to do it. I’m really excited to see it grow and flourish.”

74 Wythe Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11211

Doors Open At: 10PM
Advanced Price: $10.00
Door Price: $15.00

For tickets click HERE


Toro Y Moi-Say That (Live At Pitchfork Music Festival)

Toro Y Moi performs “Say That” at the Pitchfork Music Festival this year.


YC The Cynic-Murphy’s Law

YC The Cynic has a complaint about evolution failing his people and he calls it “Murphy’s Law.” The ’90’s styled New York rapper drops his GNK album on August 26th.


Afropunk Fest Adds Living Colour, White Mandingos, Wicked Wisdom, Pyyramids & DJs


The AfroPunk lineup just got nicer via the press release:

Brooklyn’s AFROPUNK FESTIVAL is back for it’s 9th year and today announces that Living Colour (25th Anniversary performance), Wicked Wisdom (Jada Pinket Smith), White Mandingo’s (Murs, Darryl Jenifer [Bad Brains], Sacha Jenkins, Chuck Treece), and Pyyramids (Tim Nordwind of OK Go and Drea Smith of He Say/She Say) have all been added to the already epic lineup of Chuck D & DJ Lord (performing Fear Of A Black Planet), Questlove, DEATH, The Heavy, Trash Talk, Danny Brown, Saul Williams, Theophilus London, Vintage Trouble, The London Souls, The Coup, Mykki Blanco, K-OS, Big Freedia, Rye Rye, LE1F, Jean Grae, CX Kidtronik, The Dust Rays, The Skins, Meatloaf Muzik, Rebelmatic, Unlocking The Truth and Sunny Gang.

AFROPUNK FEST also added DJ sets by Roofeeo, MikeQ, Mess Kid, Larry B, Uniiqu3, Mike Jones (Dirt Bombs), Honor Titus and Melvin Honore (Cerebral Ballzy), Tigga Calore, Mursi Layne and Mr. Hernadez. Everyone is ready to take the stage in Brooklyn, New York’s Commodore Barry Park on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25 from 12PM to 9PM each day.

This year you can skip the line while supporting the AFROPUNK community by making a small donation that will go towards furthering AFROPUNK’s efforts and culture. As a thank you, your advanced donation will guarantee your entry by reserving you a FAST TRACK PASS which speeds up your check in process at the festival – more details available HERE.

Or take your AFROPUNK 2013 experience to a new level with the V-VIP AFROPUNK ARTist Pass. Take in the mash-up of music, art, and food with ease and exclusive access to the ABSOLUT X AFROPUNK ARTist LOUNGE. AFROPUNK V-VIP’s will mix, mingle, and live like the ‘ARTists.’ For $150 (single day pass) or $275 (weekend pass), V-VIP AFROPUNK ARTists gets you the following:
Exclusive Parking and V-VIP-only access to the park
Front-of-house viewing
Cash Bar w/ Cocktails by ABSOLUT
Catered eats w/ specials by Chef Roble’
Private restrooms
On-site concierge services
Live photo booth shot by famed photographer Barron Claiborne, and
Exclusive V-VIP gifts.
Limited passes are available and going fast. To purchase, click HERE.

In addition to a killer line up of live music, vibrant art and good vibes – there will be over 26 of New York City’s best food trucks, a custom bike show hosted by Brooklyn Rhapsody, AFTER DARK events, yoga, an INKed model search and a rock climbing wall – more information coming soon! This year’s line-up, rivaling those of the past, features New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia, NYC’s downtown darling Mykki Blanco and festival veteran Saul Williams. Other notables, blues-infused up-and-comers Vintage Trouble from Los Angeles and The Heavy from the UK, and hardcore punk band Trash Talk from Sacramento. Also to take the stage, Brooklyn’s own metal prodigies Unlocking the Truth and Battle of the Bands winners Meatloaf Muzik. This isn’t to mention hip-hop heavyweights Danny Brown, Jean Grae and Chuck D—just a few more artists sure to hold it down.


Lianne La Havas-Don’t Wake Me Up

Lianne La Havas’ video for “Don’t Wake Me Up” has the most fashion and color of any of her videos as she alternates between a hands on the hip stance and being a television image.