You probably know them from their photos dressed as giant eyeballs in top hats. Originally from Louisiana, The Residents, whose music is the definition of psychedelic eccentricity, moved to the Bay Area in the 70's and began incorporating SF counter culture into the dark tales of the South told in music and video format. Over their numerous releases since then the band has continued to elude fans, never giving interviews and remaining shrouded in a variety of masks, the most common of them being the top hat/eyeball variation.
Looks like London's favorite casio quintet Hot Chip is back on the road starting next month, supporting The Warning, their sophomore album recorded at home, distinctly different from 2004's Coming On Strong, and rooted in infectious 2-step rhythms that should translate nicely to the live setting. You'll be sorry to miss one of these exciting live sets.
The Warning is out now on DFA/Astralwerks.
Reggae pioneer Lee "Scratch" Perry's Panic In Babylon album debuted at #13 on the charts, and after a sold out gig at CBGB's he heads West for a long-awaited tour supporting the new release. The so-called "Father of Dub" further broadened his musical arsenal this time around by collaborating with TV On The Radio and DJ Spooky for select tracks, as well as continuing to push his brand of hip-swinging psychotropic reggae into the future.
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