KahBang Music Festival Turns Five

Our friends at Maine’s KahBang Festival, which features film and local arts in addition to local and national music, are celebrating their fifth year. This year’s lineup is their biggest yet, featuring Dr. Dog, Earl Sweatshirt, 12th Planet, Paper Diamond, Lights, Lucius, and The Weeks, plus OurStage members/favorites Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, The Bynars, Gentlemen Hall, Mean Creek, Biscuits & Gravy, and Late Cambrian, who first won the opportunity to be at the 2011 edition of KahBang here on OurStage.

The festival will be held, as usual, in Bangor, Maine, and will run from August 8th to the 11th. Check out KahBang.com for more information.

Earl Sweatshirt Releases "Hive" Video

A day after confirming the release information for his forthcoming debut album Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt has blessed the Internet with a brand new music video.

Teaming up with fellow rising-stars Vince Staples and Casey Veggies, “Hive” finds Earl Sweatshirt returning to the lo-fi beats that helped him find acclaim in the first place. The video features Sweatshirt walking through a haunted house and empty streets filled with monsters on bikes and plenty of awkward performance shots. You can view the video below.

Doris hits stores August 20. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on Sweatshirt’s latest. (more…)

Earl Sweatshirt Reveals 'Doris' Album Details

Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt has finally unveiled details surrounding the forthcoming release of his debut album.

Hitting shelves August 20th and featuring 15 tracks, Doris is a debut album many years in the making. Ever since Earl emerged as a solo presence at the end of 2011, people have been chomping at the bit for material that has as yet gone unreleased. We’ve heard a few singles, one of which is below, but overall it’s going to be brand new material. In 2013, that’s a rare treat.

Earl Sweatshirt recently canceled all of his European tour dates due to illness, and reports are that he is still under the weather. He is scheduled to perform his North American dates, including a performance at the Rock the Bells 10th anniversary show. We wish him a full recovery soon. (more…)

Earl Sweatshirt Performs New Song Featuring RZA at MayFest 2013

Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt has been building hype for his forthcoming album since November, and in recent weeks things have been hitting peak levels. Now video has surfaced online showing the young rapper debuting new material featuring a hip-hop legend, and we have the footage to share with you.

While performing at MayFest 2013 over the weekend, Earl Sweatshirt surprised audience members by debuting a new song featuring Wu-Tang member the RZA. The live cut featured RZA on the hook, but it’s hard to believe that he won’t have a full verse on Doris when it arrives in stores later this year. Click here to view the performance.

Unfortunately, Earl Sweatshirt has yet to give any indication of when Doris will arrive in stores. Our hope is before the end of summer, but it could really be anytime between now and whenever the lab monkeys break out and begin taking over the planet. Hopefully it happens before then, of course, and we’ll let you know as soon as a date is set. (more…)

Tyler, The Creator Performs "Rusty" On Letterman

Just two days after the release of his third album Wolf, Tyler The Creator appeared on Letterman last night to perform “Rusty.”

Joined by Odd Future members Earl Sweatshirt and Domo Genesis, Tyler’s latest late night appearance was one for the history books. Not only did the ODWGKTA members behave themselves while on set, they actually unveiled a bit of choreography for “Rusty.” You can view the performance at the end of this post.

Compared to his previous efforts, Wolf is unquestionably Tyler The Creator’s strongest effort to date. The focus of his lyricism has turned to extreme introversion, and the results is one of the most engaging releases in recent memory. It’s like the musical equivalent to Trainspotting, only written by someone who never touches drugs. (more…)

Tyler, The Creator's "Domo 23" Video

Odd Future‘s Tyler, the Creator has a future in character-based comedy, when this rap fad finally ends. He was pretty hilarious as 53-year-old golf fanatic Thurnis Haley in promos for his album Goblin. And now you can see him as a semi-pro wrestler in his new video for “Domo 23,” the first single from his upcoming album Wolf (April 23). Look for Earl Sweatshirt and Domo Genesis amidst the chaos. And don’t worry, Tyler hasn’t forgotten about golf. You have to admit the dude is pretty brilliant, even if you think his genius is a bit evil. It might surprise you to learn that this clip is NSFW.

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