As a hip-hop fan growing up in The Bronx, I was grateful for my world full of quality music, with public access, cable (when videos played on a constant basis) and radio stations providing limited glimpses of hip-hop scenes in other cities. Now living on the West Coast, discovering the underground scene here has been a treasure trove. Attending the Back 2 Basics Fest a few weeks ago, I saw People Under the Stairs (Thes One and Double K) live and was blown away. Repping LA to the fullest with their ying-yang flows, they’ve put together an impressive career of eight albums, got immortalized on “The Simpsons”, performed over 1,000 shows on six continents including Bonnaroo where SPIN called their performance at the festival “simply the best performance of Friday…period”. Read more
SCOTT IAN’S METAL UNDERWORLD SELECTS TOP RELEASES FROM MAYHEM FESTIVAL LINE UP. Wanna go? Read more
Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, I will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across my virtual desk. Read more
The follow up isn’t the easiest way to please your fans. People want to hear a sound similar to the first album. The bar can be set high with an album such as the debut by Sleigh Bells. The second album didn’t grab me quite as much. It’s pretty amazing Vampire Weekend has been so consistent for three albums. Read more
Back in the day, when this place was crawling with forums and chats about random acts of music, we used to poll ourselves to see which release by an artist not only set them atop of the industry but stapled them in as musical gods. This week, we prose, which album is Bright Eyes’ best?
Where has the ROCKthusiast Gilles LeBlanc decided to spend part of his summer vacation? Why at the Quebec City Summer Festival, of course! Who wouldn’t want to walk cobblestoned by day and rock out with thousands of fellow music fans at night on a former battlefield? The only thing better would be if he’d file daily field reports while he was there…wait a minute, he IS, and Music Emissions readers (and listeners) are the lucky recipients of his firsthand cultural accounts. Enjoy his audio-rrific recaps!
The Dirty Heads are…
Dustin Bushnell (Vocals/Guitar)
Jared Watson (Vocals)
Jon Olazabal (Percussion)
Matt Ochoa (Drums)
David Foral (Bass)
As explained in our review of the Cabin by the Sea tour, Big B aka the Hooligan is out on his own again.
Suburban Noize Records’ rapper, Bryan Mahoney, is best known by his stage name Big B. A veteran of making records, Big B has been involved in 13 different album releases including three with John E. Necro as the two make up Rap duo OPM. Having collaborations with Everlast, (hed)PE, The Dirtball even Scott Russo from Unwritten Law, Big B has been around the block a bit. And although he is not a newcomer, Big B is Evolving…For those just catching up, get acquainted with his 2006 hit “Hooligan”.
As an avid (and nerdy) hip-hop concertgoer and poetry-lover, finding that combo in an artist is the best. Much has been written for decades on if hip-hop’s art, and can hip-hop be considered poetry and spoken word, with several weighing in on these topics (pseudo-intellectuals etc). One artist who fiercely stirs this debate up is Sage Francis. Doing research (um, listening to the artists’ music prior and loving it) to attend the Back 2 Basics Fest held in Southern California recently, I instantly became of a fan of Sage’s trademark brand of political, poetic and powerful discography and never looked back. Read more
Chico Mann, a time-travelling multi-instrumentalist-producer who with drum machines, synthesizers, and guitars has singlehandedly filled the 30+ year gap between afrobeat, afrocuban, freestyle and electronic music while throwing a wrench into the cogs of musical history.
Chico Mann grew up in a musical family in New York and New Jersey. His father was the owner of a Latin record label based in Hell’s Kitchen in New York City and a young Chico observed the ins & outs of the biz while practicing his guitar and piano. It was then that he began to propagate his deep musical roots with such influences as Afrika Bambaata, Lisa Lisa, Willie Colon, Celia Cruz and Fela Kuti. Ignoring his father’s advice to stay out of the business, he found his voice at age 12 and began his journey into sound.