Archives: July 2016

WATCH — Atmosphere “Fishing Blues with Sway Calloway”

July 31st, 2016

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“Renowned Hip Hop journalist, radio host, and TV personality Sway Calloway flew out to Minneapolis to spend a day on Lake Minnetonka fishing with Minneapolis Hip Hop icons Atmosphere—producer Ant and lyricist/rapper Slug. The trip was filmed and here is the first episode of the “Fishing Blues” web series. Ant and Slug have been making music together as Atmosphere for over 20 years and have managed to continually tweak and strive to perfect their formula, while neither straying too far off their path, nor resorting to playing it safe and that holds true on the new set. The duo announced their seventh studio album Fishing Blues earlier this summer, set for release August 12 on Rhymesayers. Fishing Blues is a collection of songs that both define and redefine the Atmosphere sound and features 18 new tracks written and produced by Atmosphere, with appearances from DOOM, Aesop Rock, Kool Keith, The Grouch, and more. The impact of Atmosphere’s music has been at the root of their long-term success, and their continued rigorous touring and performance schedule has been the vessel for engraining these stories and the legacy of the music into their fan base.” — via HipHopDX

Watch Parts 1 & 2 below!

WATCH — iLe Performs ‘Te Quiero Con Bugalu’ Live on Soundcheck

July 30th, 2016

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Ileana Cabra Joglar performs these days as Ile. But for the better part of a decade, she was known as PG-13 — the sweet complement to her salty brothers in the Puerto Rican hip-hop group Calle 13. Having started her career in her mid-teens and worked with some of the rowdiest (and most successful) beat- and trouble-makers in the island’s vibrant scene, the sound of Ile’s first solo record can only be called a “departure,” in the very best sense: the product of maturation, curiosity, and talent. The album, Ilevitable, mines the wealth of multiple Latin American musical traditions, and delivers both cool and passionate renderings of ballads, boleros, and classic midcentury sounds.” — via WNYC

Watch the performance below, or click HERE to hear the entire Soundcheck show.

WATCH — Prof “Standout”

July 29th, 2016

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Prof just dropped a brand new video for “Standout“, one of the wildest tracks from his full-length release, Liability. Directed by Kron and Prof, the video takes you on a surreal journey through Prof’s imagination. With vivid imagery that’s both joyfully comical and wildly absurd, this video colorfully illustrates how spectacular Prof truly is.

Watch as he spreads his wings and branches out. And enjoy!

WATCH — deM atlaS “Sum-Mo” + Tour Dates

July 28th, 2016

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“Rising Rhymesayers whiz-kid deM atlaS is swinging for the fences with his new mixtape mF deM. The record is a suite of 13 previously-released beats from enigmatic NYC rapper/producer Doom, and “Sum-Mo” marks atlaS’ first video for the project. Directed and animated by visual artist and emcee Distrakt, the video follows a cartoon atlaS through a dystopian hellscape, which the young rapper wanders in search of a lost totem of power: Doom’s iconic mask.” — via Go 96.3

Watch the video below!

TOUR DATES:
09.07.16 | Minneapolis, MN | Target Field
09.10.16 | St. Paul, Minnesota | Summit Brewery Backyard
09.11.16 | Edmonton, Alberta | Union Hall
09.13.16 | Victoria, BC | Sugar Nightclub
09.14.16 | Vancouver, BC | Commodore Ballroom
09.15.16 | Seattle, WA | Showbox SoDo
09.17.16 | Portland, OR | Roseland Theater
09.18.16 | Bend, OR | Midtown Ballroom
09.19.16 | Oakland, CA | Fox Theater
09.20.16 | San Francisco, CA | The Masonic
09.23.16 | San Diego, CA | Observatory North Park
09.24.16 | Los Angeles, CA | Shrine LA (Outdoors)
09.26.16 | Tempe, AZ | The Marquee
09.28.16 | Santa Fe, NM | Sante Fe Brewing Company
09.30.16 | Salt Lake City, UT | The Complex
10.01.16 | Boise, ID | Knitting Factory Concert House
10.02.16 | Missoula, MT | The Wilma
10.03.16 | Billings, MT | Babcock Theatre
10.05.16 | Fargo, ND | Fargo Civic Center
10.06.16 | Omaha, NE | Sokol Auditorium
10.07.16 | Madison, WI | Orpheum Theater
11.02.16 | Grand Rapids, MI | The Intersection
11.03.16 | Detroit, MI | Majestic Theater
11.04.16 | Toronto, ON | Sound Academy
11.05.16 | London, ON | London Music Hall
11.07.16 | Montreal, QC | Fairmount Théâtre
11.09.16 | Portland, ME | State Theatre
11.10.16 | South Burlington, VT | Higher Ground – Ballroom
11.11.16 | New Haven, CT | Toad’s Place
11.12.16 | Philadelphia, PA | Theater of The Living Arts (TLA)
11.14.16 | Washington, DC | 9:30 Club
11.15.16 | New York, NY | Webster Hall
11.17.16 | Boston, MA | House of Blues
11.18.16 | Pittsburgh, PA | Stage AE
11.19.16 | Cleveland, OH | House of Blues
11.21.16 | Chicago, IL | Concord Music Hall
11.22.16 | Chicago, IL | Concord Music Hall

WATCH — Allah-Las “Could Be You”

July 28th, 2016

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Allah-Las is a bona fide Los Angeles rock band. Ever since the four-piece met while working at Amoeba Records on Sunset Boulevard in 2008, they’ve been creating down-to-earth tracks that sound as though they emerged from a sultry garage in Southern California. Their locale continues to inform their music. Here, we’re pleased to premiere the video for their latest single, “Could Be You,” off of their forthcoming LP Calico Review (due out September 9 via Mexican Summer). It’s a testament to their city, which when viewed through the lens of director Laura-Lynn Petrick appears at once as a recognizable, contemporary L.A. and as a dated, black-and-white dream, seen through rose-colored glasses. “I met with Laura-Lynn Petrick, the director of the video, in a bar near my place to discuss concepts and ideas,” vocalist and guitarist Miles Michaud recalls. “The first thing she asked was what the song was about. The purpose of ‘Could Be You’ is to look at the concept of letting go and not resisting change just because it compels you to change yourself, which many people find difficult.”” — via Interview

Watch the video below!

WATCH — Flock of Dimes “Semaphore”

July 28th, 2016

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“Set against a gorgeously animated backdrop, Jenn Wasner describes herself as “too far gone for the semaphore” — or, in other words, attempting to communicate with the outside world while stuck in her own headspace. You may recognize Wasner’s name from her work in the great Baltimore band Wye Oak; Flock Of Dimes is the name she uses as a solo artist. Directed by Michael O’Leary and Ashley North Compton, the “Semaphore” video finds Wasner hurting. As she moves around, she looks as if she’s gasping for air, struggling and emotional and uncertain — it’s like she’s lost in translation. In an email to NPR Music, Wasner writes: “In most areas of my life, I struggle to express myself in a way that feels authentic and genuine. Music is a respite from that — it’s the way I feel best equipped to share my voice with others.” “Semaphore” is a song for people who make better art than they do small talk. In spite of all of the chaos behind the song, though, its sound feels comforting and triumphant. Through each verse, Wasner gets stronger, which makes sense: For her, music is strength. “Semaphore” comes from Flock Of Dimes’ new album, If You See Me, Say Yes, out Sept. 23 via Partisan.” — via NPR

Watch the video below!

LISTEN — Owen “The King of Whys”

July 27th, 2016

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“During two nine-day trips to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Chicago singer-songwriter Mike Kinsella left behind his hometown recording days and mostly-solo writing practices to track Owen’s eighth full-length record, The King of Whys. The 39-year-old Kinsella is best known for his collaborative efforts: legendary accidental vanguard of emo and math rock American Football, as well as Cap’n Jazz, Owls, and Their / They’re / There. But since American Football’s 2000 disintegration, Kinsella’s primary focus has been his solo project, Owen, whose last two albums, 2011’s Ghost Town and 2013’s L’Ami due Peuple, were polished with the help of friend and producer Neil Strauch. Since then, Owen has released a cover album, Other People’s Songs, and appeared on an EP with T/T/T bandmate Evan Weiss’ Into It. Over It., as well as on the fifth split of Kevin Devine’s Devinyl Splits series. For The King of Whys, Kinsella hooked up with producer (and Bon Iver drummer) S. Carey — who opened for the first sold-out American Football reunion show in 2014 — along with a fresh-faced ensemble at Justin Vernon’s April Base Studios. Carey and engineer Zach Hanson brought on Michael Noyce (viola), Ben Lester (pedal steel guitar, keyboard), Andy Hofer (horns), and Jeremy Botcher (bass). The result is an Americana-informed, lushly textured ten-track record, with few algebraic moments. Though the process was seemingly rushed, spanning only 18 days total, the record feels anything but: A slowed-down, soothing take on Owen’s acoustic sound guides meditative narratives on fatherhood, marriage, and melancholy.” — via Spin

Listen to the last track off of ‘The King of Whys’ below, or click HERE to for a full album stream and interview!

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