It doesn't take a genius to figure out that Flying Lotus, born Steven Ellison, is a special artists, guiding our ear palettes and rhythmic intuitions into complex and undiscovered territory. This voyage into musical expansion continued on at the beginning of the month when FlyLo released his n ... More >>
See Also: *Wayne Coyne Says 2013 Is the Year of the Flaming Lips *Boys Noize Talks New Album, Working With Snoop Dogg and Skrillex *Bloc Party Speaks: Why Bringing Their Guitars to HARD Summer is a Gutsy Move In our print feature this week, we caught up with The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne who outlin ... More >>
After breaking a Guinness World Record, the Oklahoma psych rockers have much more in store
When the OC stoner rock band Fu Manchu began twenty years ago, the world of effects pedals consisted of a few rusty ones leftover from the 1970s waiting to be stumbled upon at random pawn shops. But today, even that world has become dominated by mass-market brands such as Boss and DigiTech that sell ... More >>
So, we come to it: the end of all things. Four days of madness, Doritos, Skrillex and finally, St. Patrick's Day. Before we bid SXSW 2012 farewell, allow us to share our favorite moments from SXSW day four. Later, we'll let you know which shows weren't so hot. Find our favorites below, and if there ... More >>
For those of you not in the know, or not near a TV or Internet this weekend, it finally happened: Jay-Z and Beyoncé gave birth to what is soon to be the most famous heir in hip-hop history: Blue Ivy Carter. Young Blue's middle name allegedly is for her mom and pop's birthdays (both being on the ... More >>
I gotta be honest: I have a love/hate relationship with Thanksgiving.On the one hand, it's my vegetarian anniversary. I gave up meat on Thanksgiving 1997, which, for all you math failures, means this year marks the 14th Thanksgiving in a row since I've eaten meat. For that, I am excited and proud ... More >>
Roy AyersA music veteran whose legacy stretches from jazz to hip-hop, Roy Ayers is a legendary vibraphonist who, after a career in jazz, shifted to funk, R&B and even a bit of disco. His résumé includes collaborations with Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, the soundtrack to the Jack Hill ... More >>
This year's hip-hop festival Rock the Bells pushes something Pitchfork and ATP has tried before to the hilt: Nine of its headlining acts will perform their groundbreaking albums in full. The one everyone will be frothing at the mouth to hear? The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Ms. Lauryn herself. ... More >>
[Mental Notes] Kanye kills it, Duran Duran's '80s dance party and more
Laila DerakhshanianNo traffic! No waiting! Bands I like close together! Day 2 is the magical day when you're still high from Friday night and have a whole other day to look forward to. I watched Erykah Badu get cut off and was shocked at how mean it seemed. Even if there IS a schedule to follow.
Shannon Cottrell/Houston PressWu-Tang ClanVillage Voice/Frank 151 SXSW PartyMarch17, 2011Austin Music Hall Of course you wish you were there. According to Houston Press, the all-night line-up for the 2011 Village Voice and Frank 151 Showdown at SXSW was one of the festival's most anticipate ... More >>
Ian S. Port/SF WeeklyWild Flag in San Francisco last NovemberIf you're one of the lucky few heading over to Austin in three weeks, it would behoove you to make an appearance at the 2011 Village Voice SXSW party, presented in concert with Frank 151. Who's going to be there? The Wu-Tang Clan, Fi ... More >>
Borrowing the nickname of iconic crime boss John Gotti, Rick Ross' newest effort employs an Escalade-full of gaudy, bone-rattling beats to remind us exactly how hard he's shining with his latest album, Teflon Don (out today on Def Jam).
Here are the top ten selling records from April 23-30 at Fingerprints, 4612 E. 2nd St. in Long Beach, (562)-433-4996.
"Hope for Haiti" sets record with $58 million raised (and counting); album goes No. 1 on iTunes. Clip is of Justin Timberlake covering Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" with singer-songwriter Matt Morris, who recently released his Timberlake-produced disc When Everything Breaks Open. Electronic maven ... More >>
The Grove of Anaheim will surprise you sometimes. They'll go a couple weeks without too many shows of note, then they'll come at you with a bunch of stuff all at once, and you're like "hey! Grove of Anaheim! alright!" This is one of those weeks: tomorrow, Taking Back Sunday. Friday, B-Real of Cypres ... More >>
A 25-track disc comprised of beats made by the late J Dilla is "dropping" (that's hip-hop for "being released") June 2 on Nature Sounds. Dilla was a much-heralded producer who gained fame in the late '80s with the group Slum Village. Many credit him for helping to place Detroit on the hip-hop map, b ... More >>
A hot tip in our inbox, thanks to the good folks at Rock & Rap Confidential: "The video for Erykah Badu's new single, "Honey" (off her upcoming album World War 4) pictures her wandering through a record store that seems to sell only vinyl. Each time she selects an album and holds it up to the camer ... More >>
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