Brother Ali is one of the most well-spoken and outspoken MCs in the indie hip-hop scene today. Following up his introspective debut Shadows On the Sun, Ali gets pissed and political on The Undisputed Truth. “Uncle Sam Goddamn” visually rifles through the gnarlier side of America’s recent history and makes us want to pump our fists in revolt. Get into it.
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Sheryl Crow has finally taken a stance against toilet paper. According to the BBC, Ms. Crow is advocating legal action against those who use too many squares in the loo. Haters of the planet, don’t stress–she has also requested no less than 18 vans for her tour to fight global warming.Read more »
Since 2006's October Language, New Orleans-based duo Belong has been on a roll. Turk Dietrich and Michael Jones (not to be confused with Mike Jones), have announced a predominantly East Coast tour with Sub Pop production-monolith The Album Leaf, plus the release of a mysterious, untitled 12” on Secretly Canadian sub-label St. Ives, which will include vocals (a step away from the duo’s swollen soundscapes), and some '60s covers (groovy).Read more »
With groups like Black Devil Disco Club, Justice, Sunn 0))), and Matthew Dear scheduled, the 2007 edition of Barcelona’s Sonar Festival, to be held June 14 – 16, looks to be the most diverse in years. Festival organizers have even brought a few mainstream acts into the mix, throwing The Beastie Boys and Devo on the bill alongside Richie Hawtin and Miss Kitten.Read more »
In recent years the landscape for “singles” has changed dramatically–frequently, listeners are forced to scour a half-dozen niche online- or brick-and-mortar shops to find that one hot beat. But the amount of choice and variety in contemporary electronic club tracks is unparalleled. As such, XLR8R is proud to present occasional round-ups of what we think will be bangin’ the box in the coming months. Here are just a few picks.
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As one of the most honest rappers in the indie-rap game, Minnesota-based Islamic MC Brother Ali revels in introspective verses that range in topic from political outrage to parental strife. Rarely can MCs make boom-bap this compelling or energetic as Ali, but just listen to the fist verse of "Uncle Sam Goddamn" for further proof of his genius.Read more »
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