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It’s hard to believe that Soho’s Phonica Record shop is 10.
Perhaps because in this global economy selling (almost exclusively) dance vinyl and because a brick and mortar shop seems counterintuitive when one can sell online (which they do quite well,) Phonica is a unique case of everything in it’s right place.
It’s also why it’s hard to believe Phonica is only 10.
So woven into the …
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Santiago-based MC Ana Tijoux has heart.
Since hearing her on mixtapes and demos, when I first admired her sexy rasp and slick intellectual rhymes in spanish and french, I could only make out a few words but felt she was coming from a deeper place – a deeply rooted place.
Similar feelings were evoked by Lauryn Hill during the golden era of North American hip hop …
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(AV previously spotlighted Action Bronson and here are a few more of his favorites to look out for at the fest)
These guys are bad! Super bad!
A jazz trio out of Toronto with previous collaborations with Odd Future’s Tyler The Creator and Frank Ocean, they are known mainly for their renditions and covers which are from another planet.
Having built a buzz thanks in part to …
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For some reason I’ve spent the last five years overlooking Ezra Furman.
Don’t really know why – he’s a perfectly solid singer/songwriter, with a number of well-received records both with his band the Harpoons & as a solo artist, on recognized labels such as Minty Fresh, Red Parlor and now Bar None.
Perhaps it is the Midwestern vibe of his brand of rock – slightly loose, …
Chance The Rapper was probably the most buzzed about rapper of 2013 (Macklemore? Ugh…don’t even…).
The hype was justified as Chance’s “Acid Rap“ mixtape was one of the most thrilling releases of the year. But, in my opinion, the crown for best mixtape of 2013 fit squarely on the head of Chance’s friend, fellow Chicagoan and SaveMoney crew cohort, Vic Mensa for his “Innanetape“ mixtape.
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After announcing their “extreme hiatus” late last year, members of The Walkmen have taken time out to slink into their individual worlds of personal modern urbanity.
For example, bassist Peter Matthew Bauer seemingly settled into a relatively quiet life of Indian astrological consultation in Mt. Airy Philadelphia.
However, apparently as the timeless saying goes, ”you can lead a Walkman to water, but you can’t make them stop making rad, jangly rock stompers.”
Band members are …
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Rarely have I seen an artist grow in stature at KCRW faster than Michael Kiwanuka.
After only a couple of EPs releases, Michael was handpicked by Adele to open her US dates in 2011, that were subsequently cancelled due to her vocal chord issues.
Eventually, Michael made his way to the US in December of that year and made his U.S. radio performance debut at KCRW, …
A few short years after the dissolution of their post-punk band Red Cotton, Tel Aviv based DJ/Producers Red Axes have established themselves as a formidable dance music juggernaut.
Lifelong friends, Dori Sadovnik and Niv Arzi have come upon a sound that is unique but falls in perfectly with their contemporaries; Daniel Avery, Timothy J Fairplay, Split Secs and artists on Comeme records. It’s the playfully aggressive …
Australian electronic musician/singer Chet Faker first came on our radar in 2012 with his debut EP “Thinking in Textures” and his cover of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity”.
Then last year he teamed up with fellow Aussie Flume for “Drop the Game”, an infectious track that was all over our airwaves – and rightfully so, with Chet’s sexy, easy going vocals laid over expert beats. It …
I saw Nasvhille band Clear Plastic Masks open for White Denim at the Troubadour and whatever misconceptions I may have had about how the band would sound (based solely on their name), completely went out the window.
They were incredible. It was raucous rock, played loose and scrappy the way only a very talented group of musicians can.
My favorite track before the show was the …