Ratking Release New Video, Announce Tour With Run the Jewels

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Photo courtesy Life or Death PR
Since it dropped in April, we've been big fans of Ratking's album So It Goes. You'll recall, we even said it has "redefined NYC hip-hop" and we certainly, after many more listens over these last few months, stick by that. To our minds, it's a frontrunner for NYC album of the year, as well as one of the most impressive hip-hop albums we've heard in a long while. Now, the Ratking three -- Wiki, Hak, and Sporting Life -- have dropped the video for the moody title track, So It Goes, and have announced the dates of their big tour with El-P and Killer Mike's Run the Jewels. Both are after the jump.

See also: Ratking Redefine NYC Hip-Hop on New Album So It Goes

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Queens Club Owner Celebrates Comedy Anniversary, Condemns MTA

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Rebecca Trent at UCB Theatre
Comedy booker, producer, and venue owner Rebecca Trent believes in fostering talent and building community. With founders Sean Patton and Chesley Calloway she celebrates Thursday's seventh anniversary of East Village staple Comedy as a Second Language (known as "Kabin" to the bar weekly's regulars), and with fellow Hunters Point residents continues standing her ground on behalf of a neighborhood in transition.

See also: Cheap Laughs: The Best Indie Comedy This Week, 6/11 - 6/17

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Genesis Be's "Tampons and Tylenol" Is a Declaration of Women's Power

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Genesis Be
For six years, Mississippi-born MC Genesis Be has stood out as an inimitable presence in the New York underground hip-hop scene. Arriving in 2007 when outsiders were still often faced with resistance, she's stood her ground and carved out a niche as one of the most heard female voices in the New York indie-ground. In preparation for the release of her new album Genesequa, she's dropped her latest single "Tampons and Tylenol." We spoke to Genesis about the song as a feminist statement as well as her reservations as an artist.

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Six Songs That Can Almost Make You Feel Like You're Actually Outside On A Nice Day Like Today

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Have you been outside yet today? It's so nice! Sunny, breezy, just brushing 70 degrees—sure, the factors leading to this pleasantness are probably not all that great, and apparently rain's going to come and wash away this pre-Daylight Savings Time reprieve pretty soon (note graphic at left), but for now, it's all sunshine and light jackets. However, if you're reading this post, you're probably stuck inside for at least a couple of hours—maybe even until after the sun sets. What can help? Music! Below, six songs that you can put on in an effort to turn the fluorescents flicking above your head into Vitamin-D-supplying sunshine. And feel free to contribute your own suggestions in the comments!

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Kathleen Hanna Is The Set Designer for an Insane Clown Posse-Inspired Performance Piece

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photo by Allison Michael Orenstein; inset by Aliya Naumoff
"Tammy Rae Carland and Sleater-Kinney! Vivienne Dick and Insane Clown Posse!"

It's not the first place we'd expect to find Kathleen Hanna's name, but there it is, subtly tacked onto the credits for Neal Medlyn's Wicked Clown Love, a 2012 experimental work "built around the music and culture of hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse, their devoted fan base the Juggalos, and other forms of male bonding and ritual." Showing at the Kitchen next weekend, Wicked Clown Love's hammy event description on the venue Web site elaborates:

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Here's Something Else To Do Before The Summer Ends: Attend A Free Concert Put On By A Morning Chat Show

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Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina at Central Park this morning.
Yesterday my wonderful colleague Jen Doll penned a list of 11 things to do in NYC before the summer ends, and I'd like to add one item to her list: Catch one of the outdoor concerts put on by the national morning shows. This morning I went to Good Morning America's showcase of the top 11 American Idol contestants from this year, and it was pretty fun and definitely worth waking up before dawn for, even if the warm-up guy ill-advisedly made a Simon Cowell joke at one point. (Psst, dude! You may want to brush up on your Steven Tylerisms for next year!)

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Unsound Festival New York Announces Super-Intimidating Lineup

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The Polish electronic/avant-garde/new-classical bacchanal known as the Unsound Festival has been the pride of Kraków since 2003, luring sonic-minded thrill-seekers the world over with a veritable orgy of umlauts, consonants, and high-minded audio/visual splendor, mixing high-culture chamber-music grandeur with the lowest, deadliest bass dance music has to offer. Last year they brought the circus to New York City for the first time, and the locals were much intrigued; get ready, then, for Unsound Festival New York 2011. There's a hell of a lot going on here; almost too much to process, which is very likely the point.

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2010: The Year In Music Photos

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The year in music, circa 2010, started at the Cake Shop, with a shred-down to the New Year courtesy of Siren Festival MVP-to-be Marissa Paternoster and her band Screaming Females. After a tour through the NYE fetes of the Lower East Side and Williamsburg, that night ended amidst a marathon show at Bushwick's Shea Stadium, right around the time the Blastoids' drummer poured paint on his kit and started splattering away.

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The State of The Shank, Brooklyn's Favorite Afterhours Party: It Really Is Alive! At Its Original Location! With Jonathan Toubin and (Good) Scenesters! For Now!

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No, dudebro, Bernd Naber will not give you a ride home from the Shank in his awesome old convertible.

"It sounds like a tin shed in there," grouses a well-dressed couple walking briskly away from the Shank at five am this past Sunday. "The speakers are bad. Every room is half empty!"

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The Original Shank Returns, Afterhours This Saturday

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You remember the Shank. The ignomious afterhours Williamsburg spot of unprecedented size, bravado, and debauchery that's golden age lasted for, approximately, one month of winter 2009. The concrete mud-bucket that cornered the market on baby laxative and earned itself a New York Press cover story. The place that's cultural death knell sounded when a guy slipped DJ Jonathan Toubin a $20 to play him Young Jeezy. Well, it's back. Again. No, again.

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