- Annual hip-hop mega-festival Rock the Bells announced the details of its 2011 edition last night and it’s another doozy of a lineup featuring many artists performing classic albums. The headliners are Lauryn Hill (performing “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”) and Nas (performing “Illmatic”). Given Hill’s disastrous performance at the D.C. date of last year’s show (delayed many hours, messy performance) it’s surprising Rock the Bells is having her back, in the headlining slot no less. The rest of the stacked lineup includes Cypres Hill (performing “Black Sunday”), Erykah Badu, Black Star (performing “Black Star”), Raekwon and Ghostface (performing “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx”), Mobb Deep (performing “The Infamous”), GZA (performing “Liquid Swords”), along with up-and-comers such as Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., Freddie Gibbs, Roc Marciano and may more. Alas, there is no local date among the four scheduled shows this year. The closest stop is New York on Sept. 3.
- Someone was apparently scanning my brain back in 1995. Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus is back with a new album, “Mirror Traffic,” and it is produced by Beck. It’s Malkmus’s fifth post-Pavement album with his new band the Jicks and the last to feature drummer Janet Weiss, who will presumably be busy making the world safe for rock again with Wild Flag. “Mirror Traffic” is out on Aug. 23.
Clicky shuffle: Your random song for Wednesday morning:
- Four Tet, “Hands”