ROIR has a long history of releasing amazing records, especially in the live department (uh, Christian Death’s Decomposition of Violets, hello), so Cool Out and Coexist, the latest offering from hardcore/dub band Dub Trio, seems the logical next release for the label.Read more »
JDH & Dave P have helped renovate New York nightlife with their FIXED parties. These two ex-punk patriots have had everyone from Ewan Pearson to Lindstrom to Peaches to M.A.N.D.Y. destroying nights at their always-ripping parties–and based on Zombie Nation's Gigolo-tech history, this event will definitely be one for the books. Brooklyn already has its hands up.Read more »
Boots Riley, the leading MC of political-rap group The Coup is absurdly active when it comes to communal action. He’s served on the central committee for the progressive Labor Party, helped build the Anti-Racist Farm Workers' Union in California, and founded the Mau Mau Rhythm Collective–a group bent on taking various organizations’ messages and spreading them on a cultural platform (namely, hip-hop).Read more »
Referencing ’80s synth-funk may seem like a played-out tactic after the recent explosion of ironic electro/new wave/punk-funk bands on the scene, but Canadian duo Chromeo doesn’t merely reference the cultural zeitgeist of the era–they embody it. Call them nostalgic, call them hopeless romantics, but don’t call them kitschy or ironic.
Who cares if UK-based Maximo Park's core audience is in their teens? The band's newest record, Our Earthly Pleasures, is far from immature. Featuring more of the driving guitars, danceable drums, and pop vocals the quintet is known for, this album is heavy as a pocket full of rocks. "Our Velocity" is exemplary of a band unafraid to branch out and make its own type of noise.Read more »
For those who’ve been sleeping under a mountain or some other very large rock, there’s a slew of different performers shaking up cities around the globe this week. The nine-man machine from Iceland known as Benni Hemm Hemm will crowd stages all over the US with its savory jazz-pop stylings. Meanwhile, for heart-palpitating dance action, New York-based disco kings Rub-N-Tug shine behind the decks for late-night (or early morning) madness.Read more »
Norway owns the cosmic disco game the way the South owns pissed-off rap music, making Lindstrom and Prins Thomas the Ludacris and T.I. of spacey dance music. Independently, both artists have put Norway on the geographical disco radar, with numerous releases on their own Feedelity, Full Pupp, and Tamburin imprints.Read more »
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