Archives: May 2018

LISTEN — Angelique Kidjo’s ‘Remain In Light’

May 31st, 2018

Angélique Kidjo first heard Talking Heads shortly after she fled the communist regime in her native Benin for Paris in 1983. Listening to Western popular music was like an act of treason in her home country, she says, so she remembers feeling like a kid in a candy store when discovering music in France – “You want to eat all of the candy at once,” she tells Rolling Stone with a laugh. But of all the music she was digesting, one record was unique: Talking Heads’ 1980 offering, Remain in Light.

The Grammy-winning Kidjo has now recorded her own interpretation of Remain in Light, which she has been performing live at various concerts over the past year. The album, due out June 8th on Kravenworks Records.”

— Via Rolling Stone

CLICK HERE to listen to the full album, “REMAIN IN LIGHT” Via NPR Music.


LISTEN – DJDS’ “Big Wave More Fire”

May 31st, 2018

Big Wave More Fire, out now, is the DJDS’ most inventive project yet, soaring between euphoric harmonies, ghostly Auto-Tune creations, and skittering drums in their signature sample-heavy style. But it’s also their most collaborative, bringing together a raft of vocalists — including Khalid, Kacy Hill, Vic Mensa and Charlie Wilson — whose ages range from 20 to 65.” Listen to the album below.

— Via Billboard


WATCH – Denzel Curry’s “Percs”

May 31st, 2018

Percs” is a strong outing from Denzel Curry, and should satiate the appetite of fans waiting for Taboo to drop. He gets center stage to showcase his talents, and at three minutes, the track actually has time to breathe. Be sure to check this one out below.

LISTEN — Now, Now’s “Saved” + Tour Dates

May 29th, 2018

Head on over to NPR Music to get your first listen of Now, Now‘s Saved. It come’s out May 18th on Trans-Records.

Click here to check it out.

Tour Dates:
JUL 6 – Basilica Block Party, Minneapolis, MN
JUL 7 – Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL
JUL 8 – Pike Room, Pontiac, MI
JUL 9 – Adelaide Hall, Toronto, ON
JUL 11 – Middle East Downstairs, Boston, MA
JUL 12 – Baby’s All Right, New York, NY
JUL 13 – Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA
JUL 14 – Songbyrd, Washington, DC
JUL 15 – Local 506, Chapel Hill, NC
JUL 17 – The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
JUL 18 – Exit In, Nashville, TN
JUL 20 – Club Dada, Dallas, TX
JUL 21 – Stubbs Jr, Austin, TX
JUL 23 – Rebel Lounge, Phoenix, AZ
JUL 24 – Casbah, San Diego, CA
JUL 25 – Constellation Room, Santa Ana, CA
JUL 27 – The Troubadour, Hollywood, CA
JUL 28 – The Independent, San Francisco, CA
JUL 30 – Crocodile, Seattle, WA
JUL 31 – Biltmore, Vancouver
AUG 1 – Doug Fir, Portland, OR
AUG 3 – Kilby Court, Salt Lake City, UT
AUG 4 – Globe Hall, Denver, CO
SEP 15 – Prairie Burn Music Fest, Hudson, WI

WATCH — Hurray For Riff Raff’s “Pa’lante”

May 25th, 2018

Hurray For The Riff Raff has returned with a moving short film focused on the aftermath of Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria, soundtracked by their powerful protest song “Pa’lante.”

Starring The Florida Project‘s Mela Murder, the video follows the story of a single mom trying to navigate her way through life in a country still struggling to recover from a storm that displaced thousands of Puerto Ricans last year. Interspersed with images of frontwoman Alynda Segarra‘s father and archival footage of the Young Lords, a prominent Puerto Rican civil rights activist group, it’s a poignant film that touches on themes of resilience, strength, and defiance.”

— via Nylon


WATCH — Nickodemus’ “Caballito De Mar”

May 25th, 2018

Nickodemus released the official music video for A Long Engagement cut “Caballito De Mar” featuring Argentinian artist La Yegros. It’s directed by self-taught animator Emanuele Kabu, the mastermind also behind the videos of Little Dragon, Helios Sequence, Adult Swim, and more, “Caballito De Mar” takes us under the sea into the enigmatic imagination of Kabu who executes his now famous style that utilizes bold colors, geometric shapes, and elaborate patterning. The single also features singer, rapper, and songwriter La Yegros whose sonic fusion of electronic music and folkloric beats has found International acclaim by outlets including NPR, The Guardian, Noisey, FADER, and more. Watch below.


READ — Jennifer Castle in The Fader

May 25th, 2018

“I turned 40 when I was writing this record,” Jennifer Castle tells me soon after we meet in a Toronto diner about as long, wide, and old as a school bus. “That makes you take stock of stuff.” Castle does not laugh wearily or look at me with a grim plea for sympathy, as some would. Her tone is bird’s eye observational yet appreciative, with a quiet resilience — it’s audible even above the griddle of sizzling bacon two foot away from the counter where we drink our coffees.

Like her speaking voice, Castle’s singing carries the joy of life. It’s what helps keep the artist perched on the vanguard of celestial country and fantastical folk, a title she affirms once again with her fifth album Angels of Death. The project is an exploration of mortality, a subject demanding dimension, and Castle delivers as only she can. On lead single “Crying Shame,” she sings: “It’s such a shame that I thought this river knew my name,” a salutary tribute to the ever-changing cosmic forces that define our lives without knowing one jot about us. The album is never entirely moribund or doleful, even in the face of utter meaninglessness: “Grim Reaper,” neat with fingerpicked notes like falling tears, is a loving testament to the act of writing as a salve against death.


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