4 posts categorized "jay-z"

09/15/2010

Recap: Linkin Park Played Their First Show in 2 Years at Best Buy Theater

Ok, so the Best Buy Theater has existed in its former state as the Nokia Theater, but since the re-branding and re-doing of the venue under a new moniker, BBT is now home to a 2100 person capacity music hall in the midst of Times Square. Last night, the inaugural show at said space welcomed alt-rockers, Linkin Park, to the stage, for a frenzy of beats, boys and lots of black t-shirted fans. No lie, not the hugest fan of the gents here, but hell if they don't put on one heck of a show that speaks right into everything their dedicated followers love.

 

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Playing their first full show in nearly 2 years, the boys from Agoura Hills, CA were in town to celebrate the release of their new album, A Thousand Suns, which had come out a few short hours prior to their 9pm show time. A rather polite and quiet group of concertgoers immediately turned up the noise and applause as the curtains drew, and the solitary figure of beatmaster Mike Shinoda emerged, standing behind a keyboard and microphone.

 

Lights flashed and more band members infiltrated the stage, before frontman Chester Bennington emerged like a whirling dervish to the ecstatic and enthusiastic screams of those in attendance. Opening with The Requiem, from the new disc, the troupe traveled through a number of songs, from what I've been told, stemmed mostly from older releases, while choosing to only perform a  few choice cuts from A Thousand Suns.

 

Ultimately, you won't find me a hardcore LP-convert, but sure I'll give 'em their due. Energy, rock, roll and rage course through their live presence, thanks to 15+ years of giving all they've got. Good on ya.

 

Big thanks to Ultragrrrl and Best Buy Theater for accommodating us last night. The full gallery of pictures from last night's event can be viewed here.

 

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mp3: Linkin Park and Jay-Z - Numb Encore

 

 

 

 

 

08/13/2010

Jay-Z Performed at Radio City for NIKE’s World Basketball Festival (full set video!)

NYC was definitely in full on Run This Town-mode last night, as Kanye West popped up at secret gig at The Box, Rihanna's Last Girl on Earth tour hit Madison Square Garden and H to the Izzo walked on stage at Radio City for a 33-minute set at the NIKE World Basketball Festival. Donned in all black everything (duh), Jay-Z brought out a half-hour of his finest material, and we've got the clips of the entire haps. 

 

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Joined by guests Swizz Beatz, Bridgett Kelly and Memphis Bleek, the Roc boss tore up the legendary stage for the new fest, which introduced the WBF team showcasing skills and drills.

 

But we really just wanted to see the performance, and even though we couldn't be in attendance, there's video of the entire set. Super win.

 

Watch the 2 part piece now!

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mp3: Jay-Z (featuring The Dap Kings) - 99 Problems (Prince Ballard Remix)

 



05/13/2010

Beastly Bits #74

Wow did I have a rad one last night. More on that to come, but hint hint...


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...I got attacked...MASSIVELY. Insert wink face here.

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So that Twilight soundtrack is shaping up to be pretty ok, yeah? link

 

Brandon Flowers reveals solo album details. link

 

Midnight Juggernauts announce some down-under dates to support upcoming album, The Crystal Axis. link

 

Jay-Z and Eminem will play Yankee Stadium together in September. link

 

Breakbot's remix of Jamaica's I Think I Like U2 is high up on the list of "summer jam of all jams". Snag it.

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mp3: Jamaica - I Think I Like U2 (Breakbot Remix)


02/23/2010

Jay-Z's Hard Knock Life Documentary on STV

With last week's Brit Awards win for Best International Male Solo Artist, Jay-Z continues to prove why he is the reigning king of hip-hop. The only stateside artist (other than Lady Gaga) to sang an award treats us to a an in-depth look at his visionary song Hard Knock Life, courtesy of Sweden's STV.


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The 15 minute documentary recounts the making of the video, the meanings behind the song, and guests, including Jigga himself, drop by to chat about the impact that the song had on modern music.


Some of the video is in Swedish, most in English with subtitles, but you'll be able to easily follow along and enjoy this quick glimpse into Hova's world.

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mp3: Jay-Z x Radiohead - Dirt Off Your Android (Jaydiohead Mix)

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