The highly anticipated debut album of Dovetail, the 2012 recipients of the John Lennon Songwriting Award, is out today, October 29th. Aptly titled, Mount Karma, the lyrics on the album are mindful of personal journeys traveled by the band mates, which are then paired with complex and inspiring instrumentals. This combination, in tandem with a steadily increasing fan base, positions Dovetail to be one of the next big break-out bands.
This year's Hip Hop Theater Festival, which has been going on since July, 7, is ending this Sunday. Hip Hop Theater Festival is an annual summer festival that takes place in many different venues throughout D.C. to celebrate Hip Hop, an urban art form that encompasses stories, people, music, dance, and spoken word. On Friday, July, 12, they are holding a free mural bike tour where participants are welcomed to see a guided tour of the city's graffitti murals. Friday and Saturday will also feature the Jack Ya Body Dance Showcase featuring Storyboard P, Rafael Xavier, Brandon Barnette, and Jordan Simmons. This event is $20 and will take place at DANCE PLACE on 3225 8th Street, NE. The Festival will close with the Words Beats & Life Presents Remixing the Art of Social Change at the District Architecture Center (421 7th Street, NW). Tickets for this particular event is $30 for a one day pass ($75 for three days)
As the holidays approach us our minds become wrapped around the usual; eggnog, gift shopping, office parties, and how many pieces of fruit cake will I put away? Before you go shopping around for the perfect holiday dress, consider a jumpsuit instead. Yes. That’s right, jumpsuits are not reserved exclusively for summer. Many of our favorite designers have just the right jumpsuit to flatter your figure and leave room for comfort. Whether you’re attending a special occasion or ringing in the New Year with friends these select five will suit just about any event.
Stream three new albums in their entirety (visit NPR’s First Listen page) before they hit stores on June 28th!
1) 'Rave on Buddy Holly': a tribute to the rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, features Holly covers by Paul McCartney, The Black Keys, Modest Mouse, Cee Lo Green, Fiona Apple, and many more. The album’s A-List artists make up a rather impressive and diverse collection, and all prove to be a remarkable fit for Holly’s timeless tunes.
Through the honored vocals of artists like The Black Keys, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Paul McCartney, Graham Nash, Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket and Fiona Apple, rock 'n' roll pioneer Buddy Holly continues to live on long after his tragic death. The sonic sweeping star would be 75-years-old on September 7th of this year and the highly anticipated release of Rave On Buddy Holly proves that his music is still more relevant than ever and his influence has not ceased to spread across all music soundscapes.
The production of Rave On Buddy Holly celebrates the rock icon's 75th birthday and enduring legacy with a 19-song collection of outstanding Holly covers by an eclectic assemblage of today's most talented musical visionaries. Due on June 28th from Fantasy Records/Concord Music Group, the album was overseen and produced by the esteemed film-music supervisor Randall Poster, who is known for his collaborative works with directors such as Martin Scorsese, Todd Haynes, and Wes Anderson.
Michael "Laws" Maldonado is a Brazilian-born, Florida raised hip hop artist who signed with the Grammy award winning producer trio J.U.S.T.I.C.E League in 2009. Laws started rhyming when he was 16 and made his way into the rapping realm by competing in and winning lyrical face-offs. He eventually elevated from battler to songwriter and crafted music that caught the attention of Rook, a member of J.U.S.T.I.C.E League's production team. After conversing via AOL Instant Messenger, the two met up, hit the studio, and produced Laws' first mixtape that earned him comparisons to iconic rapper Eminem.
Paul McCartney has remained busy in his post Beatles career. Musically McCartney has had a prolific career in music despite inability to read music. He has released twenty two studio albums and five classical albums.
In June McCartney mentioned he was working on a ballet in an interview with the BBC. This week he formally announced the ballet entitled, "Ocean's Kingdom."
According to the New York Times the ballet is currently forty five minutes long. "Ocean's Kingdom" is a romantic story of two members of the royal family of the Ocean and Earth Kingdom.
The official music video for "Black Sheep" by Canadian rock quartet Metric from the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World soundtrack debuts today. The video was shot live in July 2010 at Comic-Con in San Diego, California shortly following a screening of Scott Pilgrim. The action-comedy stars Michael Cera, and is directed by filmmaker Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz). Nigel Godrich, the celebrated producer who has worked on albums by Radiohead, Beck, Paul McCartney, Travis and many others, serves as executive producer on the soundtrack.
Check out the video below!
Stepping into legendary shoes is never easy, no matter how much prowess an artist brings to the table. Well, that is just what Mark Karan did in 1998, filling in for the incomparable Jerry Garcia with The Other Ones, a band formed by former members of the Grateful Dead.
Karan went on to become a member of another “Dead”-inspired band RatDog and has been since 98. Karan not only filled a serious void “Deadheads” would be craving if these eclectic bands not existed but in the process, the man who is clearly one of the most accomplished guitarists in the past 20 years became a legend in his own right.