Get past the atrocious name of this six-day event and you’ll discover there’s a hell of a lot to get excited about if you’re in Chicago at the end of September for the Estrojam Festival.
First and foremost, ESG will play what is supposedly the punk-funk group’s last show ever at the festival. A quick hunt around the band’s MySpace page wielded no further explanation, so this may very well be your last time to check one of the most sampled bands in the history of music.Read more »
Roots, Rock, Remixed is the first official Bob Marley remix album, and unlike many attempts to rework tracks of the masters, this compilation sees artists like King Kooba, Afrodisiac Sound System, and Jimpster using today's digital technologies to enhance and manipulate Marley's original genius with style. It's risky business, and it works wonderfully here.Read more »
This week we learned how utterly strange artists like to be sometimes. Pfunkt’s latest video features some kid's head swirling around a psychedelic landscape, best viewed after ingesting a couple tabs of acid. Then, some macho dude hung out with his parents, his crew, and his cars in DJ Mehdi's "Signature" video. And Tobacco and Beta Carnage's "Hairy Candy," well, you'll just have to watch that one yourself.Read more »
We floated smoothly into the week with dreamy arpeggios and lush melodies from ambient maestro Ulrich Schnauss. Then, having had our fill of all things shoegaze, we moved on to guitar delays and feedback from Krautrock duo Cloudland Canyon. The mysterious figure known as Lorn took us to music's netherworld with his drum machine, A Plus dropped a lyrically mature track off his first solo album, and veteran musician Randolph gave us a slice of Detroit to take home for the weekend.Read more »
Label founder, TV personality, and radio-show host Tony Wilson has passed away at the age of 57. He was diagnosed with kidney cancer in February of this year, though the cause of death is reportedly a heart attack he suffered while undergoing treatment for the cancer.
Wilson, born in Manchester, UK, is credited as being the first person to book the Sex Pistols for a television appearance, on his So It Goes series in the late '70s. He was also one of the founders of the legendary Factory Records label and Hacienda nightclub in Manchester.
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