The mysterious, echo-laden sounds of Jamaican dubwise music are again under the historical and critical spotlight. Michael Veal (pictured), author and associate professor of ethnomusicology at Yale University, presents a new look at vintage dub in Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae (Wesleyan Press).Read more »
Spring vibes are in the air, and your favorite artists are ready to capture your hearts, energy, and cash flow for the next few months. With summer’s oppressive heat just around the corner, here are some crucial acts that will pull kiddies and clubgoers away from their almighty air-conditioners.Read more »
It's been six years since Jimmy Tamborello (a.k.a. Dntel), released his acclaimed debut, Life is Full of Possibilities, and now we can all breathe again. On Dumb Luck, Tamborello follows the quintessential indie electro-pop blueprint he's become known for. Between his lush melodies and an arsenal of guest appearances (from Fog to Conor Oberst), this album will have Sub Pop affiliates on their knees–and you're next.Read more »
Let no one tell you differently–both Too $hort and E-40 were total band-geeks. During their time at Vallejo, California’s Hogan High, both of the East Bay rap legends were proud members of the band. 40 was pissed when someone vandalized the school over a year ago, mutilating a majority of the champion-band’s equipment.
On April 11, the Hogan High drum line performed for a packed room of alumni and students and E-40 presented the band with a $12,000 check for the school’s losses.
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.
Wach it now at XLR8R’s Video Section.
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.
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