It’s easy to turn on the radio and immediately be depressed by the state of commercial hip-hop playlists. On the one hand, there’s very little actual hip-hop being played, as R&B artists like Mary, Trey, and Keyshia split time with ringtone rappers like Flo Rida, Plies, and Gucci Mane. On the other, hip-hop acts that do make it into rotation (Lupe, Jay-Z, Kanye) are hammered over and over until you’re sick of the song. Read more »
U.K.-based weirdo-rock outfit The Chap has signed to Ann Arbor's Ghostly International, on which the group will release its third album, Mega Breakfast. A quick trip to the band's MySpace page tells us the group has expanded its sound since 2005's Ham, adding choruses of vocals, samples galore, and some very danceable beats. And of course, there's the odd, chugging guitar riff here and there that gives the tracks a little bit of much-needed edge. Read more »
A little over a year ago, Brooklyn dance-punkers !!! dropped their Warp debut, Myth Takes, and since then, we've seen the band remixed by everyone from Hot Chip to Scottie B. Nothing beats a live !!! performance though, as last year's sold-out performances will attest, and this summer just got brighter when the band announced a slew of dates for June, July, and August. Venues for several of the dates have yet to be confirmed, so keep your ears open for more info.
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Recording throughout the mid-'90s as a part of groundbreaking ambient dub group Rockers Hi-Fi (Different Drummer, Island, Warners), Glyn "Bigga" Bush didn’t let up after the group disbanded at the end of the decade. Instead, Bush evolved his sound, keeping dub as the foundation and adding other eclectic musical structures on top. The results have included solo albums for Sonar Kollektiv (Studio Don as Lightning Head) and Stereo Deluxe (Biggabush Free, Sound Sensation as Bigga Bush).
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The Teenagers have accomplished the rare feat of making an album in which every single song has the possibility of being stuck in your head for hours on end, so just imagine how often tracks like "No Love" and "Streets of Paris" will be doing time in the brain once the trio embarks on its forthcoming North American tour. Read more »
Another slew of artists will join the likes of Boys Noize, Flying Lotus, and Neon Neon for Barcelona's 2008 Sonar Festival, whose initial lineup was announced at the end of February and is blessedly free of the Beastie Boys this year.
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