Archives: May 2016

LISTEN — iLe ‘iLevitable’ via NPR

May 24th, 2016

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Ileana Cabra Joglar came of age onstage, performing in front of tens of thousands of dancing and singing fans. Her older brothers (René Pérez Joglar and Eduardo Cabra Joglar) make up the hip-hop duo Calle 13, one of the most popular bands in Latin music, and she performed as PG-13, decked out in hip-hop fashion while she rapped, danced and let the group’s energy lift her off the stage. So what does Cabra do for iLevitable, her first solo album? She looks back in time to deliver a meticulously crafted album of boleros and mid-tempo, folk-inspired songs that showcase her gorgeously old-school singing. Cabra began performing with Calle 13 at 16, and a decade later she steps out of her brothers’ shadow with a dozen songs that were written by her, a handful of talented songwriters from her native Puerto Rico, and even her grandmother. iLevitable is a family affair, with some vocals by her father, as well as appearances by Rene and Eduardo. The entire album is a collection of spot-on performances by some of the island’s most popular musicians, writers and producers, and it establishes her immediately as a first-class interpreter of the classic sounds that flow through Latin America.” — via NPR

Listen to ‘iLevitable’ in its entirety below!

WATCH — Mr. Lif “Let Go (ft. Selina Carrera)”

May 23rd, 2016

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“If Hillary Clinton were describing early 2000s independent rap music, she would probably refer to Mr. Lif’s I Phantom with some combination of “Lit AF” “Woke” and “Goals.” And a more pedantic critic might trace the conceptual, everyman roots of Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp a Butterfly back to I Phantom. But quoth Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson: It doesn’t matter! What matters is Mr. Lif is back, recently linked up with the left-field high-minded hip hop legends over at Mello Music Group for his Don’t Look Down album — first since 2009. Today, we’re premiering the video for “Let Go,” a macabre and psychadelic love story shot by Jon Webb. Backed by Selina Carrera’s powerful vocals on the chorus, Lif spits dense tongue twisters like “The goal to search deeper grow smarter and think harder/Plus avoidance of the grim reaper/you don’t need to be a martyr.”” — via Mass Appeal

Watch “Let Go” below!

LISTEN — RJD2 Interview With Sound Sessions

May 22nd, 2016

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“From backstage at the iconic Metro in Chicago, Kevin and Michael are joined by hip hop DJ and producer, RJD2! In this episode of Sound Sessions, Kevin, Michael, and RJ talk about his new album ‘Dame Fortune’, how and where he finds his inspiration, his recent tiff with a major airline, how he got involved with the hit TV series ‘Mad Men’, and much more. This man is a legend in his own right, and has some great stories to share!” — via WGN Plus

Click HERE to listen to the interview now, or check out one of the track’s from ‘Dame Fortune’ below!

LISTEN — Darkstar Remix The Invisible’s “So Well”

May 20th, 2016

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“In the making of their second studio album Patience, London trio The Invisible have worked with a veritable who’s who of the city’s most exciting electronic and pop musicians, including Jessie Ware, Floating Points, and Rosie Lowe. The band—whose last album was 2012’s Rispah, following their 2009 self-titled debut—announced the record by sharing its opening slow-burning ballad “So Well,” which features Ware singing about the gradual demise of a relationship. Enter Darkstar. With their characteristic touch that falls somewhere between sinister and humorous, the Warp-signed electronic duo inject some bounce into “So Well” on this official remix, chopping up Ware’s vocal and interspersing it with the occasional cock of a gun.” — via The Fader

Check out the remix of “So Well” below.

WATCH — Britta Phillips “Daydream” + Tour Dates

May 19th, 2016

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“Britta Phillips released her debut solo album, Luck or Magic, a couple of weeks back via Double Feature Records. Now she has shared a video for dreamy album opener, “Daydream.” Jen Campbell directed the clip, which features close-ups of Phillips’ mouth as she sings the song, intercut with ethereal images of driving and clouds, befitting the mood of the track.” — via Under The Radar

Watch “Daydream” below!

TOUR DATES:
May 26 – Brooklyn, NY — Rough Trade Record (free in-store @ 7pm)
May 27 – Brooklyn, NY – The Bell House (sold out) *
May 29 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre *
June 20 – Los Angeles, CA – “School Night” at Bardot
*= supporting Luna

WATCH — Oscar “Good Things” + Tour Dates

May 19th, 2016

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Oscar’s debut album Cut And Paste doesn’t come out until Friday, but today he’s shared the video for the single “Good Things.” It follows in the wake of the videos for “Sometimes” and “Breaking My Phone,” both of which are set to appear on Cut And Paste. The video, directed by past collaborator Bryan Schlam (who has also worked with Kendrick Lamar), is meant to contrast the song’s positivity with, in the words of Oscar himself, “a Warhol-esque sequence of things going wrong! The little things in life that seem like failures have to be laughed at in order to move on and to see all the good things!” — via Stereogum

Watch “Good Things” below and be sure to check out the tour dates below!

TOUR DATES:
05.15 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle ^
05.16 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore ^
05.18 Richmond, VA @ The National ^
05.19 Washington, D.C. @ Echostage ^
05.21 Columbus, OH @ Newport ^
05.22 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue ^
05.23 Nashville, TN @ Cannery ^
05.25 Kansas City, MO @ New Madrid *
05.26 St Louis, MO @ Pageant *
05.27 Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre *
05.29 Toronto, ON @ Phoenix *
05.30 Toronto, ON @ Phoenix *
06.01 Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore *
06.02 Boston, MA @ House of Blues *

^ with Bloc Party and The Vaccines
* with Bloc Party and MSMR