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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Videos : 50 Cent : Hustler

Videos : 50 Cent : Hustler

One thing that's particularly evident when looking at 50 Cent's career is that the man hustles. From his days on the corner to his music industry grind and business ventures, there's no arguing that Fif's work ethic is relentless. His latest release follows that theme.

His latest single "Hustler," which premiered Monday afternoon on New York's Hot 97 radio station, finds 50 channeling his roots. "My mind on the money, I ain't trippin' on the h--s/ I blow a whole lot of paper on clothes/ Can you dig it? I'm a hustler, baby," he rhymes on the chorus.

The track clocks in at just over three minutes long, but it proves to be enough time for Fif to get off his boasts. "Stack paper like I'm tryna fix the national debt," he brags in the first verse, and later follows up with a slick-talking outro, "It's cold out here. It's my kind of weather; I'm cold-blooded."

The video for the song, directed by Eif Rivera, followed just hours later. The black-and-white clip finds 50 on his retro gangster tip, complete with visual effects to make it look like his own short film. His cigar, fedora and full suit definitely complete the look.

"Hustler" is the sixth song released in Fif's weekly series. Past joints include "Pilot" and the Dr. Dre-produced, Trey Songz-assisted "Smoke," and it's all leading up to the release of his fifth solo album, Animal Ambition, on June 3.

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Singles : Nightbox : In The Rural

Singles : Nightbox : In The Rural

Listen To Nightbox : In The Rural

Who Is Nightbox?
Nature reclaims everything in the end, and Toronto five-piece Nightbox are no exception. New release “The Panic Sequence” allows irregular textures and organic surfaces to creep back into the gleaming slabs of pop showcased on their eponymous 2011 EP. ​

Whereas once the band trafficked in clearly delineated instrumentation, it’s now impossible to decipher where guitars end and electronics begin. Indeed, Nightbox cultivate a sense of pleasurable disorientation at every turn. Lead singer Jacob Bitove’s vocals oscillate between soaring pop melody and mangled, glitchy abstraction. While the pumping rhythm section which forms the group's backbone a b o u t remains intact, now a warm soundscape of analog underbrush rests over its considerable muscle. The muffled power of this new Nightbox sound suggests an abandoned factory that has succumbed to the clutches of the forest, and the EP's plaintive, spiritual lyricism evokes the conflicting emotions that result from such transition.

Transition is a feeling Nightbox know well. They made the decision to move from the Irish countryside to the heart of Toronto in 2010, a relocation that might have proven jarring but for the band’s uncommonly strong bond. They all grew up in the same town, went to the same high school, and forged the beginnings of friendship playing Franz Ferdinand covers together a decade ago. When they shacked up in a Kensington Market red-brick with a basement jam space, the music that resulted garnered domestic and international attention.

To date the band has graced festival stages in North America and Europe, and they played storming sets last summer at Osheaga, Squamish, and Toronto’s Grove Music Festival. Since the release of their last EP they have shared stages with Phoenix, Hot Chip, and DEVO, they have provided direct support for Ellie Goulding, Cults, and DFA 1979, and they’ve toured on both sides of the Atlantic with LIGHTS, Dragonette, and most recently Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. Their music has earned positive reviews from the BBC, NME, and Exclaim!, and they have had tracks licensed for use on the prestigious Kitsune Maison Compilation, The Inbetweeners, and an advertising spot for Telus.

With “The Panic Sequence,” Nightbox are ready to step out from the shadow of their influences and leave their own musical imprint on Toronto and the wider world. The self-produced EP is a coming-of-age statement by a band from whom much has been expected for a long time. But this collection of tracks demonstrates that in the case of Nightbox, the time for expectations may be passed. One listen proves the band is now operating squarely in the arena of realizations. Nothing sounds sweeter than potential fulfilled.

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Videos : Marissa Nadler : Drive

Videos : Marissa Nadler : Drive

By sheer coincidence, Stereogum just published a Galaxie 500 feature the same day Marissa Nadler released a video directed by Galaxie member Naomi Yang. Yang combined footage by French artist Bernard Faucon with striking closeups of Nadler to create the visual for “Drive,” an eerie, ethereal ballad about life on the road from Nadler’s recent album July. Here’s her director’s statement:

"As a musician I immediately connected to the emotional content of this song—especially as it starts with the very powerful first verse chronicling a discouraging night on the road: “If you ain’t made it now/ You’re never going to make it/ Seventeen people in the dark tonight.”

The video tells the story of Marissa facing her own ambition—as well as her disappointments — but ultimately of her desire to reach people through her music. It’s presented as a series of metaphors, or a surreal dream, but one in which Marissa is an active participant in her future (not a passive witness) as she explores her feelings about making music.

Running through the song is the refrain “Nothing like the way it feels to drive,” which made me think of the French artist Bernard Faucon, whose recent work is shot entirely from the front seat of a car as he travels all over the world. Bernard graciously allowed me to use excerpts of his footage—as he put it, “Yes, you can use my roads, they fit so well with Marissa’s song…”

Nadler approves; as she put it in a press release, “[Yang] really got to the heart of what this song is about.” Watch the results above.

July is out now Sacred Bones. Check out Nadler live all over the Western world in the coming months, hopefully living out a more encouraging tour experience than the one detailed in this song:

4/17 Ghent, BE @ Vooruit
4/18 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
4/20 Bristol, UK @ The Cube
4/21 Halifax, UK @ Square Chapel
4/22 Brighton, UK @ Komedia Studio Bar
4/23 London, UK @ Café Oto
4/24 Paris, FR @ Le Point FMR
4/25 Utrecht, NL @ Tivoli
4/26 Brussels, BE @ Botanique
4/27 Hamburg, DE @ Aalhaus
4/28 Berlin, DE @ Roter Salon
4/29 Prague, CZ @ Café V Lese
5/11 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
6/7 Brooklyn, NY @ Red Hook Summerstage (w/ Delicate Steve, Mark McGuire)
6/26 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair (w/ Gem Club, Faces on Film)
8/5 Stavanger, NO @ Folken
8/7 Göteborg, SE @ Way Out West
8/9 Helsinki, FI @ Flow Festival
8/30 Dorset, UK @ End of the Road
9/2 London, UK @ Dingwalls (w/ Woods)
9/2 Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
9/4 Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
9/5 Dublin, IE @ Button Factory
9/8 Dudingen, CH @ Bad Bonn
9/9 Zurich, CH @ El Lokal
9/10 Rorschach, CH @ Treppenhaus
9/11 Geneva, CH @ L’Usine
9/21 Tilburg, NL @ Incubate

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Singles : Pharrell ft. Johnny Marr and Hans Zimmer : Here

Singles : Pharrell ft. Johnny Marr and Hans Zimmer : Here

Listen To Pharrell ft. Johnny Marr and Hans Zimmer : Here

In case the whole "Pharrell is everywhere" cliché somehow rang untrue to you, here he is on the Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack — singing what feels like a '70 power ballad alongside Hans Zimmer and Johnny Marr. He conquered pop radio, now he's heading for the top of easy listening: "Was there a glitch in my method? / Isn’t it clear we’re here again? / Let’s get new GPSs." Yes, GPS can now be pluralized, and here's how.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Videos : Kyla La Grange : The Knife

Videos : Kyla La Grange : The Knife

Who Is Kyla La Grange?
Kyla La Grange, a Cambridge University philosophy graduate and bewitching folk-pop songstress, originally plied her trade in the anonymity of open-mike nights in darkened bars. Hailing from Watford, England, she quickly met like-minded musicians, forming a backing band and writing songs with bigger aspirations than the small student pubs she had become accustomed to. After finishing her studies and moving to London, La Grange concentrated on her music, which began to take on a brooding, darker tone. She was signed to indie label Chess Club and released her first single, "Been Better," in 2011. Once settled in London, she played a series of gigs at the popular Communion nights in Notting Hill, London — the breeding ground for contemporaries Ben Howard, Treetop Flyers, and Marcus Foster — and demonstrated her acute songwriting talent and poignant lyrics.

Influences such as Cat Power and Joni Mitchell only scratch the surface of her gothic, pastoral folk. Her inventive live stage show would often involve foliage, glitter, and a tiara made of pigeon bones. Invoking comparisons to the pageantry of Florence Welch and the mysticism of Bat for Lashes, La Grange's theatrics and stage presence provided an eerie backdrop to her darkly dramatic folk-pop tales of heartache and loss. With her strong, angsty vocals, La Grange's soaring, epic choruses in "Heavy Stone" and "Vampire Soul" gained her many plaudits, and major labels were alerted to her raw talent. La Grange’s highly anticipated debut album Ashes was released in 2012 and produced by Brett Shaw (Eliza Doolittle, Ed Sheeran, The Twang).

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Bars + Lounges : USA : CA : Los Angeles : Hyde Lounge

Bars + Lounges : USA : CA : Los Angeles : Hyde Lounge

Hyde Lounge
Located on suite level C, HYDE LOUNGE will bring a sexy and sophisticated ambiance, along with the highest service standards, unique energy, and superior sounds – to the views of some of the greatest concerts, shows and sporting events.

Modeled after its famed predecessor on Sunset Boulevard, HYDE LOUNGE will feature exciting cuisine, our signature cocktails, bottle service and premium tableside mixology synonymous with SBE’s luxury lifestyle.

HYDE LOUNGE is also the place for special events! No better way to create an unforgettable experience in downtown Los Angeles’ newest hotspot.


Hyde Lounge Review By David B.: Los Angeles, CA
"After watching Lakers games, and experiencing concerts at Hyde Lounge, it was time to take in a Kings playoff game from Suite Level C.

The Los Angeles Kings kicked off their second-round playoff matchup against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night. It was the first time in 21 years that the Kings have opened up a playoff series at home.

The atmosphere was electric as I walked into a sellout Staples Center crowd spinning white playoff towels over their heads. The DJ inside Hyde was spinning the hottest music, getting the Kings faithful ready for the big game.

The first thing that stood out to me was how good the seats were. Not only could I see the action perfect with the naked eye, but also the two TV monitors above my head were a great addition. I always enjoy having access to the TV feed so I can watch the replays.

We didn't have to wait long for something to cheer about. Slava Voynov got a slap shot past Sharks goalie Antti Niemi with 19:47 left in the first period.

It was time to celebrate.

My waiter brought me over a cocktail and I also ordered from him a grilled chicken sandwich.

Less than 10 minutes later, my dinner was served. It included marinated char-grilled chicken breast, fontina cheese, baby spinach and lemon garlic aioli on focaccica bread. All of Hyde Lounge's sandwiches also come with a small green salad, pre dressed with their house vinaigrette.

I would rate it at least ten times better than your average stadium hotdog and my meal was only $13.00.

Moving on to the second period, where I learned a few things:

First, Mike Richards is pretty good. He scored a goal to put the Kings up 2-0 with 12:30 left on the clock.

I also learned during a timeout that Kings star Drew Douglas prefers the 110 freeway over the 405 freeway, dogs over cats, Mila Kunis over Kate Upton, and finally he likes the Lakers more so than the Clippers.

Drew and I agree on all fronts.

All that being said, the Kings game on Tuesday night can be summed up in two words.

Jonathan Quick.

He was the star of the game. Quick made 35 saves in his sixth career playoff shutout to help the Kings win, the opener of the second-round series, 2-0 against the San Jose Sharks.

The silver confetti dropped from the rafters, the black curtains were closed by security, the Hyde DJ started to play "Shout" by the Isley Brothers and Hyde Lounge turned into a Kings after party/nightclub within minutes.

After a 2-0 victory, I'm not ashamed to admit I was ready to bust out some dance moves myself.

It was great to finally experience the #HydeSuiteLife during a Kings playoff game and I definitely will be back for food, drinks, music, and most importantly LA Kings victories!"

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Videos : De la Ghetto ft. Farruko, Zion : Mirala

Videos : De la Ghetto ft. Farruko, Zion : Mirala

Who Is De la Ghetto?
De la Ghetto is a reggaetón artist from Puerto Rico who established himself in tandem with onetime partner Arcangel before embarking on a solo career in 2007. Born Rafael Castillo on September 17, 1982, in New York City, he later moved with his family to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and became involved with the city's burgeoning reggaetón scene. In 2004 he founded Arcangel y De la Ghetto, a duo with fellow New York City-born Puerto Rican artist Arcangel (born Austin Santos). The duo first established themselves with the song "Pégate," which is featured on the popular Hector El Father-hosted mixtape album Sangre Nueva (2005). Throughout 2005 and 2006, Arcangel y De la Ghetto were featured on a variety of reggaetón albums, including Luny Tunes' Mas Flow: Los Benjamins (2006), and were associated with Baby Records, the label of Zion (of the duo Zion & Lennox). However, Arcangel announced in December 2006 that he was embarking on a solo career and founding a label of his own. In the wake of Arcangel's announcement, De la Ghetto embarked on a solo career of his own and was subsequently featured on his biggest hit to date, the Tito El Bambino and Randy remix of "Siente el Boom" featured on the album Top of the Line: El Internacional (2007). Also in 2007 he scored his second major hit with "Sensación del Bloque," another of his collaborations with Randy. Following these mainstream breakthrough hits, De la Ghetto made his major-label full-length album debut with Masacre Musical (2008).

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