This week, the Pennsylvania psychedelic stars in Black Moth Super Rainbow bring their dreamy, analog purgatory to the big city, and the UK’s dance-punk posterboys Bloc Party run through the US for a few weeks. Meanwhile, disco phenom Daniel Wang drops by a few (four, to be exact) party destinations to throw the kids a bone, and Fat Cat’s newest indie-pop outing, Welcome, sets out with Mary Timony on a hefty venture through the States. These shows should not be missed.Read more »
It takes balls to remix Billie Holiday, but Columbia Records accepts the challenge with a forthcoming collection of reworked (and painfully remastered) versions of the jazz singer's finest songs. Billie Holiday Remixed & Reimagined features an assemblage of nu-jazz artistry, the likes of which include Digable Planets’ Lady Bug Mecca, Nickodemus and Zeb, DJ Logic, and several other notable producers.Read more »
To think the Klaxons once had visa issues that cancelled their initial Stateside tour. After the recent release of Myths of the Near Future, interviews galore, and a highly-praised appearance at this year's Coachella, Jamie Reynolds, James Righton, and Simon Taylor are headed for US soil again, hitting major cities, as well as the Pitchfork Music Festival. Here's to the boys reaching a wider audience and overcoming the hideous "new rave" label so often given to them.
In the graffiti underworld, there has been a motivational force exceeding DIY magazines and word of mouth. Its name is Graffiti TV. Since the late-’90s, Graffiti TV’s low-budget VHS series has featured some of the most ambitious and talented writers of this generation annihilating subway cars, scaling rooftops, and making enormous legal pieces seem like child’s play. Instead of hunting down the tapes from local hip-hop-friendly shops ’90s, kids can officially get the finest moments on DVD.
The US is finally catching up with the UK’s dubstep and grime precedent set by Digital Mystikz, Skream, etc. The leader of the American invasion may fall solely on the shoulders of Baltimore-based DJ Joe Nice. Credited with the “Best International DJ of the Year” by dubstep forum and responsible for the acclaimed Gourmet Beats radio show, Joe Nice is stepping into magnate turf.
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