Posts Tagged ‘ Music ’

Bamboo + Burlesque = London Night Out

May 22, 2009

While the thought of spending an evening with dancers in bamboo cages, loud rockabilly music, and flamboyant burlesque routines in a swirl of fake jungle mist may sound completely asinine to some, a group of London event promoters are attempting to forge a scene for the crowd who consider this a perfect night out. The […]

Island Records Turns 50

May 19, 2009

There will be a few potentially cool live pairings, including Cat Stevens (Yusuf) with Senegal’s Baaba Maal, and Paul Weller with the Jamaican jazz guitarist Ernest Ranglin. The “Island Life” art exhibition, at London’s Vinyl Factory (Phonica Records, 51 Poland Street, London W1F 7LZ), will run from May 17-22 and will allow die-hard Island fans […]

Dub: Engineer as Artist

May 14, 2009

Some interviews are better than others. The members of Thievery Corporation were hard-pressed to describe exactly how and why their trippy electronic dance music is so heavily influenced by dub reggae (it clearly is). But punchy stories from Don Letts (pictured above), a DJ who is credited with introducing reggae beats to London’s punk scene, […]

Geek Out on Electronica

May 13, 2009

Organizers of the Short Circuit festival originally targeted well-known electronic musicians/composers like Vangelis, Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream, but its organizers opted instead for a more diverse, exhaustive, obscure lineup that may be household names to the devoted but will provide an impressive history lesson in electronic arts for the less electronically-inclined. A slew of multimedia […]

Beatboxing Icelandic Music

May 12, 2009

If you’re like me, and grew up listening to – and mimicking – cassette recordings of rap artists like Biz Markie and the Fat Boys beat boxing, Shlomo is now on the radar. And not in a throwback, nostalgic kind of way; the Leeds-based, Israeli-Iraqi-German beatbox artist rips it. Since the musicians are only getting […]

London’s Music Festival Season Begins

May 5, 2009

I have a sort of love-hate relationship with large music festivals. On the one hand, they provide a chance to spend an entire day (or two or three) seeing a slew of disparate music acts, usually outdoors, and there’s great people-watching. But the thought of weaving through crowds upwards of 60,000 just to get a […]

Dancing with Flying Lotus

April 21, 2009

When Flying Lotus came on, a few minutes after the dubstep artist Kode9 finished a heavy, tight DJ set, there was a noticeable shift. Suddenly the crowd didn’t know what to do with itself. No one seemed to know how to dance. Most dance music has a clear beat, and gives cues as to when […]

Baltimore Punk: Q&A with Ponytail

April 3, 2009

At a recent show at London’s 100 Club, a crowd of about 60 people huddled right in front of the stage and danced almost in unison as Ponytail drove aggressively through each song. Molly Siegel, the lead singer, bounced her way through the set, more fitness instructor than punk star. (Before the show a friend […]

A Night Out With Playdoe

March 24, 2009

Playdoe is difficult to describe in standard hip hop terms. The group lacks the gangsta bravado of NWA, and has none of the political urgency of Public Enemy. There’s no Wu-Tang Clan brashness and little of the slick, polished production of Jay-Z or Kanye West. Don’t expect smooth lyrical flow like Common, or DJ mastery […]

Abe Vigoda’s Done With Tropical Punk

March 7, 2009

After moving to Los Angeles, the band’s sound continued to ferment at The Smell, downtown L.A.’s much-hyped noise and experimental music venue. “We just played the shit out of it,” Velazquez says. “It’s where we met our friends, how we learned to book a tour, and how to be in a band.” Rolling snare hits, […]

Review: Dum Dum Girls

Review: Reeps One and DJ Qbert

Opening Bands vs Headliners

African Artists: Searching for a New Sound

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