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- Feature - Lloyd Kaufman: The Kotori Interview
- Feature - Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Road to the Mountaintop
- Feature - Losing LeBron
- Feature - The Crazy Legend of Slowhand Jack
- Feature - The Giving Lens Gets Focused
- Notes From A Polite New Yorker
- Tommy Digital's Pussy Cocktails
- The Octopus Files
- Wasims Rants
- The Guys You'll Meet on Earth, But Not in Heaven
- Slippery Id
- The Shameful Truth
- Writing for the Sake of It
- Void Creation
- Frankly Speaking
- Pulling At The Fringes
- These Altered States - America Trying to Become Itself
- The Worthless
Participating artists include TV On The Radio, Gnarls Barkley, Seu Jorge, Ladytron, Bebel Gilberto, and more. Reflecting the Outernational Music Tour's global outlook, Thievery Corporation will be joined at concerts by representatives of the UN World Food Program (WFP), the world's largest humanitarian organization for which Thievery is a celebrity partner. They will be present at the shows to raise awareness among concert-goers about WFP's fight against global hunger and the catastrophic effects on the hungry poor of the global food crisis.
THE FIRST ARAB HIP HOP COMMUNITY WEBSITE, JOTA LOUNGE, LAUNCHED MAY 15 BY NAS JOTA RECORDS, THE FIRST ARAB HIP-HOP PRODUCTION LABEL TO SIGN ON ARAB MCs.
Nas Jota Records Founder and Producer Ehab Abasaeed notes that Ã¢â‚¬Å“the goal of creating Jota Lounge is to provide a gateway for all Arab hip hop artists to promote their music and provide them with a platform to shine amongst other international hip hop artists.Ã¯Â¿Â½? Jota Lounge will consist of music and portfolios of videos and songs created by each artist for their profile. Every month, the artist with the most votes for best song will win a free video shoot.
The Akron, Ohio-based rock duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, otherwise known as The Black Keys, want to bring their own unique style to a joint gaming session of Grand Theft Auto IV(TM) with Xbox LIVEÃ‚Â® members on Wednesday, May 14, 2008. Xbox LIVE Gold members can get the chance to play with the group that released such seminal albums as Thickfreakness, Rubber Factory, and Magic Potion, send a friend request to the band's Gamertag (GWF BlackKeys) and be online half an hour before (6:30 P.M. ET) the Game with Fame session starts at 7:00 P.M. ET on Wednesday, May 14.
On Wednesday, May 14th, Richie Havens will perform his song "Freedom" at the opening ceremonies of the prestigious 61st annual Cannes International Film Festival in Cannes, France. This performance takes place on the heels of Richie's successful February 2008 European release of his latest album Nobody Left to Crown.
KING KHAN AND THE SHRINES ANNOUNCE FIRST EVER NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
The massive 9 piece psychedelic soul big band explosion of King Khan and The Shrines will be leaving a wake of broken hearts and shattered minds across North America this summer. Paying dues and showing respect? How about playing nothing short of 28 shows including stops at the Seaport Music Festival in NYC and Pitchfork Festival in Chicago on July 20 .
Tour dates are as follows:
Fri June 27 NYC - Seaport Music Festival
Sat June 28 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas
Sun June 29 Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
Mon June 30 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
Tue July 1 Huntsville, AL - Flying Monkey
Thu July 3 Athens, GA - 40 Watt
Fri July 4 Atlanta, GA - Lenny's
Sat July 5 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
Sun July 6 Austin, TX - The Mohawk
Tue July 8 Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
Thu July 10 Los Angeles, CA - Echo
Fri July 11 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
Sat July 12 Portland, OR - Dantes
Sun July 13 Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
Mon July 14 Vancouver, BC - Red Room
Wed July 16 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
Thu July 17 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
Sun July 20 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Fest
Mon July 21 Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
Tue July 22 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
Wed July 23 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
Thu July 24 Toronto, ON - Horesehoe Tavern
Fri July 25 Montreal, PQ - La Sala Rossa
Sat July 26 Ottawa, ON - Zaphod Beeblebrox
Wed July 30 Northampton, MA - Iron Horse
Thu July 31 Cambridge, MA - Middle East
Fri Aug 1 New Haven, CT- Cafe Nine
Sat Aug 2 NYC - Mercury Lounge
HUGE PIG ESCAPES DURING ROGER WATER'S SET AT COACHELLA
COACHELLA organizers are offering $10,000 and 4 festival tickets for life in exchange for the safe return of the two-story inflatable pig that broke loose during Roger Waters' set on the final night (Sunday, April 27) of the 2008 COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL. The pig escaped and floated into the desert sky just prior to the intermission between Roger Waters' back-to-back sets--marking the only back-to-back COACHELLA sets by one artist in the critically acclaimed festival's history.
Anyone with information on the lost pig, should email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE FIERY FURNACES ANNOUNCE MASSIVE LIVE RECORD AND TOUR
Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger, the sibling duo that makes up the core of the Fiery Furnaces, one of the most prolific bands in music, have announced an upcoming live album to coincide with their Spring Tour. Hot off the heels of their critically acclaimed Thrill Jockey release "Widow City", "Remember" is a double live record (triple LP) to be released in late August. As a special treat, "Remember" will be made available in advance to fans at the upcoming shows.
GRAND MASTER ROC RAIDA AND STANTON PRESENT THE 2008 GONG DJ BATTLE NYC HEAT!
Not only does Raida invite the most battle scarred DJ alumni to man the gong as judges, competitors are subjected to the ranting and inside jokes of Lord Sear; instigation from Lord Finesse; rumpus making by hype man DJ Fat Fingaz plus DJ Boogie Blind chiming in with timely samples to further add to the ruckus.
GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL AND [ADULT SWIM] UNVEIL GHOSTLY SWIM
Record label Ghostly International and modern cult programmers [Adult Swim] have unveiled Ghostly Swim, a free digital only release of 19 new songs from Ghostly artists such as Dabrye, The Chap, Matthew Dear Tycho and Aeroc amongst many others. The compilation is available FREE and high quality, only through Adult Swim's website.
ROCK THE BELLS FESTIVAL SERIES ANNOUNCED: A TRIBE CALLED QUEST, PHARCYDE, NAS, MOS DEF AND MORE CONFIRMED
GUERILLA UNION TEAMS WITH MYSPACE TO ANNOUNCE PERFORMERS AND ROUTING OF THE LEADING HIP-HOP FESTIVAL SERIES TODAY AT ALL-STAR PRESS CONFERENCE AND SECRET SHOW
2008 ROCK THE BELLS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL SERIES POWERED BY SANDISK LINE-UP RELEASED
HEADLINERS INCLUDE A TRIBE CALLED QUEST, NAS, MOS DEF, DE LA SOUL, RAKIM AND
REUNITED SPECIAL GUESTS THE PHARCYDE
WITH ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES BY SPANK ROCK, SANTOGOLD, KID SISTER, JAY ELECTRONICA AND MANY MORE!
FADER GETS THE PHARCYDE BACK TOGETHER!!
KOTTONMOUTH KINGS DEBUT VIDEO FOR FREE WILLY!
CaliforniaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Kottonmouth Kings have posted the video for Ã¢â‚¬Å“Free WillyÃ¯Â¿Â½?, a ballad from the group's latest full-length about Willie Nelson's encounters with the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration)
The Country Music Superstar will also be awarded Lifetime Freedom Fighter Award In First Annual Kottonmouth Awards.
FLOBOTS RELEASE 'Fight With Tools' Ã¢â‚¬â€œ May 20th Ã¢â‚¬â€œ on UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC
Universal Republic is set to distribute the raw and rapturous album Fight With Tools on May 20. The prescient Ã¢â‚¬Å“Handlebars,Ã¯Â¿Â½? currently holding down a coveted Ã¢â‚¬ËœTop requestÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ slot at several key radio stations, has placed Flobots among the most buzzed-about newcomers in rock and rap circles.
A roaring 6 piece collective from Denver, CO, the effusive group blends searing songs of social justice with a playful disdain for anything status quo, flipping symphonic bursts over bass-rattled cadences one minute, and layering Seuss-like verses across a crackling rhythm section the next. OhÃ¢â‚¬Â¦and theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re packing a viola.
MYSPACE TO EXCLUSIVELY PREMIER ALBUMS BY ATMOSPHERE, FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS, THE NIGHT MARCHERS APRIL 18
New and unreleased albums by Atmosphere, Flight Of The Conchords and The Night Marchers will be premiered exclusively on MySpace, Friday April 18. For more information about upcoming premiers visit MySpace Music's page: myspacemusic.com
DUFFY TO PLAY NY's WORLD-FAMOUS APOLLO THEATRE ON MAY 12th, the DAY BEFORE "ROCKFERRY," HER DEBUT ALBUM TO BE RELEASED IN U.S.
With her first U.S. single "Mercy" bulleting inside the Top 30 this week at Hot AC and Triple-A/New & Active radio formats - on its way to an explosive Billboard Hot 100 debut next week - and the "Mercy" video collecting plays on VH1, VH1 Soul, FUSE, MTV Hits, and mtvU (after premiering on VH1.com and MTV.com) and currently a You Oughta Know and Discover & Download artist, young Welsh singer Duffy has her sights set on the U.S. release of ROCKFERRY, her debut album which arrives in stores May 13th on the newly re-launched Mercury Records label.
PRINCE ADDED TO COACHELLA LINEUP!
Prince has joined this year's line-up for the ninth COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, CA (Friday, April 25, Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27) as the headliner for the second night of the critically acclaimed festival.
Radiohead, iTunes and Garageband are giving fans the opportunity to remix the band's new single "Nude" at www.radioheadremix.com
To make remixing easy, the separate 'stems'* from the song will be available to purchase from iTunes. The 'stems' available are bass, voice, guitar, strings/fx and drums. Fans can mix them in any way they like, either by adding their own beats and instrumentation, or just remixing the original parts.
Hurry though...after you upload your remix to the site, voting ends May 1st!
THE BLACK KEYS ATTACK & RELEASE OUT TODAY
The Black Keys' much hyped Danger Mouse-produced album Attack & Release is out TODAY, Tuesday, April 1. To hear the entire album, head to MSN's Listening Booth here: http://music.msn.com/music/ListeningBooth
Also, check out the video for the first single, "Strange Times," below, and then re-enact the video shoot out in this awesome game here: http://warnerbrosrecords.com/laserkeys
4/1 Tue Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
4/2 Wed San Francisco, CA The Warfield
4/4 Fri Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
4/5 Sat Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
4/9 Wed Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
4/10 Thu Omaha, NE Slowdown
4/11 Fri Minneapolis, MN First Ave
4/12 Sat Chicago, IL The Riviera
4/13 Sun Indianapolis, IN The Vogue
4/15 Tue Detroit, MI Royal Oak Theatre
5/12 Mon Washington, DC 9:30 Club
5/13 Tue Washington, DC 9:30 Club
5/15 Thu New York, NY Terminal 5
5/16 Fri Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
5/17 Sat Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
DIZZEE RASCAL AND EL-P TO TOUR NORTH AMERICA IN MAY - THE FIRST TOUR FOR DIZZEE RASCAL IN AMERICA IN 3 YEARS
At SXSW, UK grime innovator Dizzee Rascal and Brooklyn indie rap icon, El-P each provided incendiary sets that were enthusiastically received by those lucky enough to get in. Dizzee and El are re-joining to do 12 dates at select locations in the US and Canada. Tour dates below. Dizzee Rascal's Maths+English on Definitive Jux out April 29th.
May 8 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
May 9 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
May 10 New York, NY - Webster Hall
May 11 Boston, MA - Middle East
May 12 Ottawa, Ontario - New Capital Music Hall
May 14 Detroit, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
May 15 Chicago, IL - The Abbey
May 16 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Club
May 19 Seattle, WA - Neumos
May 20 Portland, OR - Berbati's Pan
May 21 San Francisco, CA - 1015
May 22 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey
COACHELLA OFFERS ON-SITE LUXURY LODGING FOR FIRST TIME EVER!
Instead of getting a hotel, why not keep the party going and just stroll over to your own onsite "Tent Hotel" or "Safari Tent". Everything is set up for you (sleeping bags, pillows, blankets, etc.). Camp onsite in style! Breakfast included. Private area just for Onsite Lodging. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
Artists at this years Coachella include Roger Waters (Performing Dark Side of the Moon), Portishead, Kraftwerk, Jack Johnson, The Verve, Justice, and many more. Check www.coachella.com for the full lineup of the April 25-27 desert oasis festival.
THE RACONTEURS' NEW ALBUM OUT NOW
The Raconteurs' new album, Consolers of the Lonely, is available for download through www.theraconteurs.com and at your favorite retailer.
ERYKAH BADU REMIXING CONTEST STARTS TODAY (3/27)
Universal/Motown multi-platinum-selling, Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter/actress Erykah Badu takes the spotlight with her new album New Amerykah. Erykah Badu has enlisted some of the most talented, underground producers and engineers in the hip-hop game to support her fourth studio album in seven years, including 9th Wonder, Madlib, Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Karriem Riggins, and a host of others.
Emerging and established DJ's, producers/beat makers, and musicians can get in the mix as part of Erykah Badu "Real Thang" campaign and contest. Just download the acappella version of "Real Thang", originally produced by Madlib, and remix it.
Some of the prizes include: A top of the line DJ package from Stanton and professional speakers from KRK, Membership into the 1200Squad.com, your remix featured everywhere from radio shows to mix tapes, and VIP treatment at an upcoming Remix Hotel.
Log onto www.remixmag.com to learn more about the contest and to download the acappella.
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND AND TICKETMASTER TEAM UP TO GIVE FANS A FREE DIGITAL LIVE ALBUM FROM BAND'S UPCOMING TOUR
Tickets for Dave Matthews Bands' North American tour go on sale this Saturday, March 29th, and fans who purchase through Ticketmaster.com (http://www.ticketmaster.com) will receive a special bonus: an exclusive, free digital album comprised of highlights from the 40-city tour. Each ticket purchased through http://www.ticketmaster.com will receive a unique code in mid-September that can be redeemed for the digital album on the iTunes Store - a month before it goes on sale to the general public.
NEW ATMOSPHERE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN VIDEO
MYSPACE PRESENTS HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SECOND INSTALLMENT OF "MYSPACE TRANSMISSIONS" WITH POPULAR INDIE ROCK BAND NADA SURF
MySpace, announced today the second installment of the company's original music program MySpace Transmissions featuring celebrated Brooklyn indie rock band Nada Surf. MySpace Transmissions is a music program that empowers top recording artists with a new platform to create exclusive video content available for viral distribution and audio tracks available for purchase in the U.S. www.myspace.com/transmissions www.nadasurf.com
PAID DUES INDEPENDENT HIP-HOP FESTIVAL
THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 22 AT THE NOS EVENTS CENTER IN SAN BERNARDINO, CA
FEATURING SAGE FRANCIS, LITTLE BROTHER, JEDI MIND TRICKS, LIVING LEGENDS, HIEROGLYPHICS AND MORE - Here, advanced lyricism, stinging political commentary and quality DJ performances flourish in a seemingly parallel universe. Its tradition of showcasing the best in independent rap continues with its 2008 line-up of SAGE FRANCIS, LITTLE BROTHER, DILATED PEOPLES, JEDI MIND TRICKS, LIVING LEGENDS, HIEROGLYPHICS (featuring SOULS OF MISCHIEF, CASUAL and PEP LOVE), VISIONARIES, BOOT CAMP CLIK with BLACK MOON, KOOL KEITH, BUSDRIVER, POS, A-TEAM, MAC LETHAL, FATLIP & OMNI, YAK BALLZ, B. DOLAN and ISAIAH with MURS to host, plus a special surprise guest appearance. www.paidduesfestival.com
IF YOU DON'T WATCH THIS, YOU SUCK
BUSDRIVER ON TOUR SUPPORTING DIZZEE RASCAL, EL-P
LAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Wunderkind, Known for His Ã¢â‚¬Å“Liberated, Tripped Out Beat Poetic SensibilityÃ¯Â¿Â½? (IGN.com), Takes To the Road. Taking a break from recording his follow-up to 2007Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s critically acclaimed Epitaph debut RoadKillOvercoat, Busdriver sets out on tour on March 20th, starting in Santa Cruz. Other stops will include the Paid Dues Independent Hip Hop Festival with Sage Francis, Living Legends and Dilated Peoples and the Rothbury Festival with Modest Mouse, Of Montreal and Snoop Dogg. Dates in May are in support of fellow culture-commentators Dizzee Rascal and EL-P. www.busdriversite.com
THE RACONTEURS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM "CONSOLERS OF THE LONELY" EVERYWHERE....IN ONE WEEK
Ã¢â‚¬Å“AlbumÃ¯Â¿Â½? meaning: full length vinyl, CD and digital formats; and Ã¢â‚¬Å“everywhereÃ¯Â¿Â½? meaning: local mom and pop Indie retailers, corporate superstores, supermarkets, iTunes, Amazon, the bandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s own website and any other location that could get the record up and going this quickly (some places couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t move this fast, so they will join in as soon as they can). The album was mastered and completed in the first week of March. It was then taken immediately to a vinyl pressing plant. Then to a CD pressing plant. Then preparations to sell it digitally began. March 25th became the soonest date to have it available in EVERY FORMAT AT ONCE. The band have done no interviews or advertisements for this record before this announcement. The purpose: to get the album to the fans as soon as possible and as we promised. We wanted to get this record to fans, the press, radio, etc., all at the EXACT SAME TIME so that no one has an upper hand on anyone else regarding itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s availability, reception or perception. www.theraconteurs.com
ORIGINAL JUICE CREW MEMBERS BIZ MARKIE, BIG DADDY KANE, MARLEY
MARL AND MORE REUNITE AT A3C HIP HOP FESTIVAL MARCH 21ST
It has been nearly fifteen years since the collective of legendary Hip Hop artists have
graced the same stage making the A3C a momentous event for Hip Hop in 2008. The Juice Crew will join the A3CÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s diverse lineup with other artists such as RE-UP Gang/Clipse, Little Brother, Del Tha Funkyhomosapien, Jeru The Damaja, Wale, Guilty Simpson, Aceyalone, Blu & TaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Raach, Akrobatik and many more. Solidifying its place in the festival world as an event which features some of the newest emerging artists along with the established fan favorites, the A3C has firmly placed both feet on the map. www.A3cfestival.com
VERY SHORT MOVIES!!
The Hollywood based Very Short Movies Festival (VSM Fest) aims at fostering the careers of emerging filmmakers by providing them with exposure, promotional opportunities, and connecting with industry professionals. In it's 3rd year, the VSM Fest is pioneering an online presence with VSM Cinema, which will showcase the 48 finalists' shorts online 24/7 for 30 days in hi-fi, full screen format, and in real time allowing the online audience to select the award winners in 7 different categories. This new platform, which pairs a 30-day online audience awards vote with a 7-day event at Cinespace in Hollywood, expand the VSM Fest's global scope and guarantees broader exposure for the filmmaker. In fact, you can go now to see what's being screened online: www.veryshortmovies.com