Erykah Badu To Shine On The Beach At Governors Island 8/4

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On August 4th, 4-time Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Erykah Badu will perform at the beach at Governors Island, NYC on her 4th World War tour.

The mini tour that will take her across the US and Europe precedes her follow up to 2008′s New Amerykah Part One (4th World War), New Amerykah, Part II (Return Of The Ankh), out by the end of the year.

Tickets go on sale this Saturday 6/27 at noon through ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000, and at the Nokia Theatre Box office (No Service Charge / 44th & B’way).

The Beach At Governors Island
Doors Open At: 6 PM
Show Starts At: 8 PM
Advance Price: $52

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Richie Hawtin & Scientist To Host The Dubspot Ableton Live 8 Workshop In NYC This Weekend

tournycThis weekend on June 27th and 28th, Dubspot, New York’s premier DJ and electronic music production institute, has teamed up with Ableton to present the Live 8 US Sessions Tour in NYC.

It’s the second stop of the tour, featuring established artists like Richie Hawtin & Scientist, who will present their personally developed strategies and techniques for producing and performing with Ableton Live 8.

Register for Live 8 US Sessions Tour in NYC

To top off the weekend workshop on Sunday, Dubspot and Ableton celebrate Dubspot’s 2 year anniversary at Le Poisson Rouge.

Legendary Scientist will mix live with Dub Is A Weapon, followed by DJ sets from Matt Shadetek & DJ Rupture of Dutty Artz, Kiva, Barry Cole and Badawi. This will also be the first party of Dubspot’s new monthly night!

More info on DubSpot’s 2 Year Anniversary Party #3

Joy Jones Covers Nina Simone’s “Be My Husband”

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Honorary ladybug of the Bugz In The Attic crew, Joy Jones recently recorded an impressive take of Nina Simone’s “Be My Husband,” expanding on Simone’s sparse original. Though the track will not appear on Jones’ forthcoming Godchild album (out July 7 on Future Soul Records), it is true to her future jazz stylings and available for free.

Download “Be My Husband”

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Illa J’s “Sounds Like Love” Video

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The second single from Illa J‘s acclaimed debut album Yancey Boys, “Sounds Like Love” feat. Debi Nova is an irresistible, perfect fusion of hip hop and soul music. The production for the song, like all of the tracks on Yancey Boys, comes from a cache of previously‐untouched beats created by Illa J’s older brother, the late great visionary producer James “Jay Dee / J Dilla” Yancey.

The 12-inch includes remixes by Nobody, who turns in a grimier version, and Carlos Niño & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, who transform it into a cinematic trip to the cosmos.

Stream “Sounds Like Love” and remixes