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 »
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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 »
New York’s P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center (an affiliate of the MoMA) is once again in tune with the spirit of summer, with another edition of its acclaimed summer music series, Warm Up, scheduled. New Yorkers will likely brave the heat and head outside each Saturday afternoon for live performances from a variety of artists and genres, and, as with previous years, P.S.1 doesn’t skimp on the lineup.Read more »
We’ve been waiting for this mix a hot minute, and A Touch of Class did not disappoint. Prime on making electro fun again, the New York-based duo, who has been working since the late ‘90s, has already remixed The Gossip and Le Tigre, signed Services (members of Flux Information Sciences), and found a way to make synth-generated music sound warmer than any old-timer’s Moog ever could.
In the club world, vinyl will never die, but that’s no reason to blaspheme new technology. Nowadays, everyone from the world-renowned to the bedroom DJs are jumping on the Serrato and Traktor bandwagons, and hardware profiteers are scrambling to keep up with the audio-cyclone that’s taking out studios and bar soundsystems.Read more »
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