We’ve all experienced it, that one memorable concert night that is imprinted on your brain. Whether you were 5 or 45 years of age, the concert you will never forget. Perhaps it was the fine working of the artist itself, or maybe, just maybe, the venue truly made this a night to remember. In a Wednesday column, we will feature one concert venue that is a must visit, a “bucket list” venue if you will.
Digging into Spotify recommendations yet again (as opposed to digging in the crates), it’s amazing what you’ll find. Standing out right now in a sparse field of female hip-hop MCs (especially ones that don’t wear neon pink hair and tutus), I recently found Jones St. by singer, drummer, rapper, writer and producer Jill of (almost) all trades Lyric Jones , and loved it. Her jazz, R&B and hip-hop debut album, featuring appearances by Esperanza Spalding, Phife Dawg along with rising artists Aleon Craft, Playboy Tre, J-Live and Young Scolla, provides the perfect “cruising in your whip” (or pretending to cruise but more like being stuck in traffic) soundtrack.
Peep Lyric’s Facebook page , videos and our interview soundclips below where you’ll hear about her Berklee beginnings, meeting and working with her inspirations, opening for J.Cole and Trey Songz, plus her dope cover art and concept behind Jones St!
Fresh out with their 6th major album release, Ill Nino has been actively pushing their next release. They currently are on tour in the U.S. and will taking their show out of the country beginning December 12th. We recently got our hands on the full album and posted a fresh review of it here. In the meantime, check out their titled single “La Epidemia” below and then go pick up your copy of the album. Enjoy! Read more
Ladies and gentlemen, The Rolling Stones are about to play their first “50 & Counting…” anniversary show at London’s O2 Arena. There probably aren’t too many people from Canada who made the trip across the pond (and if any of you did, shame on you for not bringing me), so here’s hoping @RollingStones provides some Twitter play-by-play action as things unfold on Sunday, November 25th. I’m probably most curious though to see just how many songs from GRRR! make the setlist such as “Doom and Gloom”, which has surprisingly become one of my favourites of the year. Not to sound cliché, but what’s your take on The Stones’ latest compilation? Is it already part of your collection, or are you waiting to surprise someone with it over the holidays? With your Music Emissions Minute, this has been the ROCKthusiast Gilles LeBlanc.
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Indie pop duo Tegan and Sara have announced details on their upcoming newest release. Heartthrob, the girls’ 7th studio record, is due out January 29th. They played new song “Closer” last night on David Letterman show. Below is the video, tracklisting, and album art.
02 Goodbye, Goodbye
03 I Was A Fool
04 I’m Not Your Hero
05 Drove Me Wild
06 How Come You Don’t Want Me
07 I Couldn’t Be Your Friend
08 Love They Say
09 Now I’m All Messed Up
10 Shock To Your System
11. Guilty As Charged (bonus track)
12. I Run Empty (bonus track)
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The unique Dallas/Forth Worth hardrock duo Pinkish Black has just signed a deal with Century Media Records, according to Blabbermouth. Right now they are touring and also working on a new record, due out soon.
Pinkish Black is the continuation of THE GREAT TYRANT, a three-piece that released one LP following the passing of their bass player, Tommy Atkins. When Atkins died, Teague and Beck decided to change the band’s name and remain a two-piece, yet still retain TGT’s ground-breaking sound. With no stringed instruments, the duo now relies on aura and raw emotions to obtain their unique heaviness. Their resulting effort, Pinkish Black’s self-titled debut (Handmade Birds Records), features seven tracks of dark, haunting deathrock--and was named one of the best albums of 2012 by Brooklyn Vegan.com, Stereogum.com, Pitchfork.com, and countless others.
“We’re excited at the possibilities that working with Century Media presents to us, and that lots of touring and recording will follow,” said Pinkish Black in a statement.
Big Boi continues to drop genre-bending records, from the “Gossip”, “She Said Ok”, and the funky “Mama Told Me” ft. Kelly Rowland. His latest trippy & funky collaboration we first told you about a few weeks ago featured A$AP Rocky and indie pop duo Phantogram. Now you can check out Big Boi & the critically acclaimed indie band Little Dragon bowling, bonding and much more in the latest “Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors” Webisode:
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Angels and Airwaves’ Love Part I (2010) and Love Part II (2011) is available now as a 4-LP vinyl set via SRC Vinyl. Product is shipping now. Both albums are double LP’s and come in their own gatefold. Both gatefolds are housed in a full color 4/4 CMYK O Card.
Love Part I- Transparent Green / Love Part II – Transparent Purple (LTD 500)
Love Part I&II – 180 Gram Black (LTD 500)
Love Part I&II – Clear with white smoke (LTD 1,00) – Hot Topic Exclusive Read more
Last Tuesday, November 13th, hip hop duo A.Dd+, Erykah Badu-helmed production crew, The Cannabinoids and award-winning DJ, DJ Sober dominated the annual Dallas Observer Music Awards, taking home a total of four awards, including Best Rap/Hip Hop Act (A.Dd+), Best Group Act (A.Dd+), Best Funk/R&B Act (The Cannabinoids), and Best DJ (DJ Sober). Dallas’ biggest alternative weekly newspaper also made A.Dd+ (pronounced A-d-d) rappers Paris Pershun and Slim Gravy the cover story subjects of their current issue. To celebrate their recent wins and to thank their fans, A.Dd+ is releasing a new song called “Suitcases,” produced by Cannabinoids member Picnictyme from their upcoming mixtape, DiveHiFlyLo. We first told you about last summer, check out that article here.
The annual Dallas Oberserver Music Awards, now in its 24th year, was a humbling event for A.Dd+ and close affiliates, The Cannabinoids, and DJ Sober. Says DJ Sober, “It is a great feeling to know that we have supporters out there that took the time out to vote everyday and that have been rooting for us all along.” Paris Pershun adds, “We were up against crazy competition from different genres. It was just a blessing to see what we do and our creations don’t go unnoticed.” The Cannabinoids were the house band for the awards show, backing other performers, and providing music for the entire night. “It was an honor for us to be the house band and being recognized in my own city was an amazing feeling,” says Picnictyme.
The last time we caught up with Pittsburgh rapper extraordinaire Wiz Khalifa was a month ago. The expecting father had just released a new video for “It’s Nothing” featuring 2 Chainz, and was from the upcoming O.N.I.F.C. The other was “STU”, from Cabin Fever 2, featuring Juicy J. You can download that mixtape here, and find out what Fuse said about smoking around the new unborn child.
Now in the midst of the 2050 tour, the promotion for the upcoming highly (pun intended) anticipated O.N.I.F.C. grows more intense every day as it gets closer to December 4th. Wiz recently dropped a new music video for another single off the new record with Canadian indie R&B sensation The Weeknd, called “Remember You”. It has already quickly amassed nearly half a million views. Find tour dates on the links above.
Also new is another single called “Gone”, with none other than Juicy J again.
And finally, another new song from the upcoming album was leaked, featuring Cam’ron, and is called “The Bluff”.