Unlike the more chill side often associated with Om records, Bassnectar relishes (who would have thought?) bass. “Bomb the Blocks” finds the San Francisco-based longhair taking dubfire to another level–complete with warehouse breakdancing, head-banging, and the occasional scary face. Featuring rattling cameras and bandana-laden MCs, “Bomb the Blocks” is visual-nectar.
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The late ’60s and early ’70s are often remembered within the context of rock n’ roll–complete with visions of free love, liberal drug use, protesting, and partying. While far from Janis Joplin or Joe Cocker, Betty Davis is the epitome of the rock lifestyle–an uncompromising artist who never once stepped into the box.
Los Angeles-based dublab throws a party every year, with the sole purpose in mind of ruining your day. Or at least, attendees should feel pensive and melancholy by the end of the festivities. Give Up: Stop Dancing and Cry is held at The Redwood Bar and Grill, a nautical themed restaurant on Second St. The event is thrown complete with live silkscreened shirts and, as dublab’s site so eloquently states, “bummer movie scenes splashed on video screens.”
Though a brand-new quintet, Stateless, !K7’s newest signing, has already toured the world alongside turntable virtuoso DJ Shadow, worked with highly sought-after producer Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys), and the band’s singer Chris James was a guest on Shadow’s last release, The Outsider.
Dieter Sermeus is the quintessential nu-pop experience. Like his Morr counterparts, Sermeus blends the subtle, glitchy electronics of B. Fleischmann with the indie-pop instrumentation of just about any band on the Merge Roster (White Whale, The Rosebuds, etc.). Stars on the Wall is a dynamic step away from his 2004 debut Miami, with a full-live band, bass grooves, and lots of gentle, vintage-synth power. Sermeus' songwriting is pure fire.
When a poet/rapper as hardworking and praised as Sage Francis “discovers” an act, it’s a given that said act will prove an instant success with the fans. After an onslaught of shows with The Roots, and gigs as backing band for Sage during live performances, Sol.iLLaquists of Sound(SOS) has earned its artistic wings and is geared for its first-ever headlining tour. Beware: dreadlocked college girls and bearded, Birkenstocked graffiti writers are going nuts in anticipation.
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