We started the week with Drop the Lime’s animated trip through a digital-portal on “Hear Me,” which was followed by Teki Latex’s “Les Matins Du Paris.” Next, Munich-based Kraut-noise-punk titan Von Spar unleashed a 22-minute mountain of a video off of his newest Tomlab effort, Xaxapoya. On Thursday we mellowed out with The National’s guitar-fever on “Mistaken For Strangers,” then capped the week off with the gnarly party-antics of Philly-based foulmouthed outfit Plastic Little.Read more »
After forming 15 years ago, The Greyboy Allstars are back, with more prog-funk action. What Happened to Television? is the band's first album in a decade, and it picks up right where '70s soundtracks left off. Garnished with lo-fi vocals, organ solos, and clocking in at just over two-minutes, "V Neck Sweater" is helping to bring funk back to life.Read more »
For those who don't stay in the East Bay, Kafani's "Fast" will be heard trying to bust out of many-a-trunks at any given point in the day. The alternate version featuring Keak Da Sneak is more of the lazer-beam production that's got the nation in a hyphy-uproar. Drink an energy drink and jump around like a fool to this one.
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This week, Amir Sulaiman unleashed his urgent, politically-charged lyrics onto the pages of xlr8r.com, Bumps gave us a mash-up of Latin, jazz, afrobeat, and other genres, glitch-pop star Damiak showed us the sad man's musical domain, Loden gave My Bloody Valentine a run for its money, and Tomboy proved house music can still be unique.Read more »
The identity of a boy thrown off the stage by hip-hop star Akon has been discovered. The 15 year-old’s mother called the police following the incident, but it remains unclear as to whether or not there will be charges filed against the singer. The boy threw something at Akon, who then ordered security guards to bring the offender on stage. At this point Akon took off his shirt, put the boy on his shoulders, and hurled him at the crowd.Read more »
In any major metropolitan area, racial profiling is about as common as crime that goes undetected. But when long-standing political activist and hip-hop intellectual Boots Riley (of The Coup) is the victim of harassment, you can bet the incident is not going to be swept under the rug. As reported in the SF Bay Guardian, Riley was found guilty of “driving while black”Read more »
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