2013 has been a very special year for Phoenix and for fans of the French band; they’ve performed on SNL & Jimmy Kimmel Live!, they’ve rocked Coachella, they’ve still got plenty more touring to do, including Lollapalooza this summer, and they’ve just released their new album. Bankrupt! is the follow up to their breakthrough album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, in which they continue with their brand of synth-driven, fast-slow songs with catchy hooks. Continue reading
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs were one of those bands I was really into during the “Rock Revival” of the early 2000’s thanks to their distinctly New York Punk sound and Karen O’s undeniable presence and charisma as a frontwoman. The band has lost a bit of its punk edge mostly seen in its early days but that sure doesn’t make them any less enjoyable. Their evolution has kept them rather entertaining in a whole new light. Continue reading
Big K.R.I.T. has unveiled his first project yesterday afternoon since the release of his debut album last year. The mixtape doesn’t stray away from Krit’s approach to his other projects, as he handled the production on 16 of the 17 tracks (9th Wonder produced “Life Is A Gamble”). A video was released in early March that might have suggested that 9th Wonder would have more input on the new project, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. There were only two tracks released prior to the full release of the project. The first track was “Shine On,” featuring Bun B and the other was “R.E.M.” Both tracks were a good indication for things to come and that has definitely turned out to be true.
I have been following Kid Cudi’s career for quite some time now and his recent announcement that he was walking away from G.O.O.D. Music was a definite shock for me. His absence on the recent G.O.O.D. Music compilation Cruel Summer (“Creepers” was recorded during the Man on The Moon II sessions) should have been a sign that things were changing, I guess. I wasn’t sure how to feel about the departure, but after listening to this album, Cudder will definitely be alright with or without Kanye’s assistance. There is only one mention of G.O.O.D. Music on the entire album and that’s on “Cold Blooded” where Cudi spits “I Got A Vendetta with showing n*ggas that I’m way better, feeling way worthless, the lost black sheep of G.O.O.D. Music.” All of the G.O.O.D. music features on the album were late scratches, but there are some other dope features on Indicud that make up for them.
Around this time a year ago I was out in London on my first trip to the Old World and finally in the country that gave the world some of my favorite artists of all time. I had a car for a couple of days and I really wanted to get into some of the local scene and so I did my best to find something on the radio but to my luck I had a bit too much trouble flipping through Electro and Hindi music stations that at some point I just quit and connected my iPhone. Nowadays, I’ve gotten what I wanted back then and I have started getting into the music of one of the most talked-about indie musicians out of the UK and one of my favorite artists at this moment, 19-year old Jake Bugg of Nottingham.
His self-titled debut album is an excellent example that simple songs with a lot of heart and minor studio production have a lot more to offer than your typical Top 40 track would. At least in every other sense besides getting you on the dancefloor at the club.
The Strokes’ fifth studio release officially drops tomorrow to much anticipation from any of us who have followed the band for the past 12 or so years. While there has always been the argument of whether The Strokes were geniuses here to save Rock & Roll or simply rich-kid posers doing their best impressions of gritty underground rockers. I’ve thought the former since the age of 14 and I’ve been hoping they would live up to that promise ever since then.
While many of us have been craving the next “Classic Strokes” album since Room On Fire dropped in ’05, the New York band appears to prefer to go in a completely different direction with their latest release. The Strokes adopted a style they hinted at with their last album, leaving many fans torn between those being reluctant to accepting the new sound and those going along with the change and assessing it for what it is, rather than comparing it with previous releases. Continue reading
MiC Kurb, a 16-year old emcee from Hartford, Connecticut, has given us the opportunity to listen to his new project before its release date this Monday, November 12th. I was first introduced to MiC through an email submission back in August for his song “Grindin.” It was a very good first impression of the young artist and I was definitely looking forward to hearing new material from him.
The free digital release of Kids These Days’ debut album, Traphouse Rock, dropped earlier this week much to the delight of the band’s avid followers. To no one’s surprise, the young Chicago band did not disappoint with their latest effort. Continue reading
Charisma, substance, lyrics, uniqueness and work ethic are written on a poster board in Dr. Dre’s studio. These are things he is looking for in an artist in order to work with them and it is something he has obviously seen in artists like Eminem and 50 Cent when he signed them to his Aftermath imprint. Kendrick Lamar has shown he can live up to all of these expectations, notably with the release of Section.80 last summer. The independent album was well received by critics and it was only a matter of time before he would be signed to a major label. Dr. Dre stepped up to the plate and scooped up Kendrick along with the rest of his TDE crew and rewarded them with the major label deal they have worked for the past few years. Seven months later, Kendrick’s debut album is finally here. Continue reading
K’naan’s last full length studio album, Troubadour, was released in 2009 with some positive reviews. The album’s biggest single was undoubtedly “Wavin’ Flag,” which made it onto the Top 10 charts in 19 different countries. Coca Cola using the song as the promotional anthem for the 2010 World Cup played a huge part in that success. K’naan has since been taking part in philanthropic initiatives and touring as well. K’naan released a new EP early this year which featured artists like Nas and Nelly Furtado. All of the songs on the More Beautiful Than Silence EP are featured on the new album with the exception of “Coming To America.” Continue reading