Janelle Monáe & more @ Afropunk 2016 (Day 2)

Gallery of Afropunk photos including Gallant, Janelle Monáe, Kelela, Skunk Anansie and The Internet Source: Janelle Monae, The Internet, Kelela & more @ Afropunk 2016 day 2 (pics)

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Pearl Jam Anchor Place in Fenway History

Eddie Vedder and Co. were in fine form as they played two landmark sold-out shows in Boston's Fenway Park. Source: Pearl Jam Anchor Place in Fenway History and Storm Wrigley…

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Saul Williams Commands Attention at Summerstage

Saul Williams played a free, powerful Summerstage show ahead of his appearance at Afropunk this weekend. Source: Saul Williams Commands Attention at Summerstage (Photos + Video) | PopMatters

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Laura Mvula played National Sawdust after Afropunk

"The day after Afropunk’s main festival concluded, Afropunk, along with Jill Newman Productions, presented one of the acts from Saturday, Laura Mvula, in a more intimate setting at National Sawdust…

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The Ladles Perform at Pete’s Candy Store (Photos / Video)

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The Ladles came to my attention earlier this summer as I saw them on the lineup of Mike + Ruthy‘s Summer Hoot festival. The short bio on the Hoot’s page describes them as follows: “The Ladles have three part female harmony perfected – blending Swing, Old-Time, Neo-Soul, Choral music into a sound all their own. Using solely acoustic instrumentation and three voices, they create a dreamy otherworldly atmosphere that can quiet a noisy bar. The Ladles are Katie Martucci, Caroline Kuhn, and Lucia Purpura-Pontoniere.” Sounds pretty good right? So when they group came around NYC for a gig at Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn on July 18th, I went to check em out.

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‘Geezer’ Tribeca Film Festival Billie Joe Armstrong Concert

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After today’s announcement of the new Green Day record Revolution Radio (due out October 7th and can be preordered from Amazon here), I decided to go back to my archive and post some photos from the Tribeca Film Festival Geezer post-screening concert with Billie Joe Armstrong, Tré Cool, Jesse Malin, Jeff Matika and Joan Jett.

If you were wondering what my opinion was on Geezer, well here it is (in brief). The film attempts to cram every idea into one movie creating a tale of a father maturing in front of our eyes into a comedy of errors with little comedy. The best reason to see it is to hear the two new songs from Armstrong if that is any sort of incentive (since the songs will likely be found elsewhere in the future). Everyone tries, particularly Fred Armisen, to make the film fun but the script just isn’t there. Apparently, since the film won’t technically be released ’til later this year (from what I was told months ago), critics weren’t supposed to review the film. And I really only went to see what Billie Joe would be doing afterwards. Maybe director Lee Kirk will be making some improvements to the final product but, just to give a score to the film that I saw anyways (there are no scores at Rotten Tomatoes yet), I would say Geezer merits a 4 out of 10 (or “unexceptional” on the PopMatters rating scale) at best.

I didn’t know what to expect for the mini-concert but it was fun and included a new song from the film, “Ordinary World” (which is streaming below) and Jett with the band on her song “Bad Reputation” as well as Green Day’s “American Idiot.” Unfortunately, I wasn’t aware of the after party at Malin’s NYC club Berlin but if I had been, I surely would have tried to get in. Check out my photos from the show, a clip and the setlist from the show and after party after the jump.

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