It seems that Madlib lives in a universe far beyond the reaches other producers and MCs. For Yesterday’s Universe, his fifth release under the Yesterdays New Quintet moniker, the production monster lets his jazz hands loose and serves up a hip-hop album that eschews all formulaic conventions–even where aliases are concerned.Read more »
With Lasers may mark the debut album for Bonde Do Role (The Role Crew), but this Brazilian trio–simply known as Pedro, Marina, and Gorky–is hardly a new outfit on the music circuit. Last year saw the band deliver a series of performances worldwide that had dancefloors exploding and crowds begging for more of the group's filthy mash-up of baile-funk rhythms, chugging basslines, heavy metal guitars, and hilarious lyrics about partying, fucking, going to the beach, and long lines at the post office.Read more »
Icelandic ambient-pop godsend Múm heads to a few select cities, backing its forthcoming, anti-animal cruelty single, “They Made Frogs Smoke 'Til They Exploded." Meanwhile, Kompakt’s newest (and quite possibly best) melodic techno producer The Field lights up a few clubs Stateside. And after a cancelled European tour, Brighton-based Electrelane sets experimental indie-rock fire to North America.Read more »
Next month, Los Angeles-based street artist Buff Monster–whose work encompasses everything from street posters to projects for Nike–takes over SoCal’s Corey Helford Gallery for the first time. Happy Squirter will feature acrylic on wood and metal paintings, collages, and more than 700 custom-printed balloons surrounding the show's centerpiece, a giant squirting boob fountain. Any and all may catch the opening festivities, going down at the gallery on Friday, June 1, from 8 – 11 p.m.
Contrary to what MTV2 may say, there is still a hip-hop underworld that eschews the whole hyphy craze, and A-Plus is evidence of this. Representing the Hieroglyphics squadron (alongside heavyweights Del, Casual, and Opio), A-Plus crafts pure hip-hop that places more importance on wit and rhyme than on referencing his bank account. On "Patna Please," Plus dishes out a bass-driven, marijuana-friendly anthem for the East Bay elite. If the chorus is the boss here, A-Plus is by all means in charge.
Booka Shade's Arno Kammermeier and Walter Merzinger don't like idle time. After the release of their second full-length, Movements, in 2006, the Berlin-based boys took to the road with a fury, touring Europe, North America, and Australia exhaustively and dropping their beat-driven, tech-house singles along the way.Read more »
UK-based digital artist Paul B. Davis has long been known for manipulating outdated and/or obsolete computer technologies (most notably the Nintendo gaming system), and for his work as part of the internationally renowned programming ensemble BEIGE. Intentional Computing, his latest exhibition, sees Davis further exploring the relationship between computers and art.
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