What To Watch For in 2012: Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding is scheduled to release her fourth album on March 20th, titled “Radio Music Society.”  The album will include a DVD featuring conceptual music videos for its 12 tracks.  It is sort of like a sequel, or companion, to her 2010 album “The Chamber Music Society”, which earned her a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

“Originally, I thought it would be fun to release a double album…One disc with an intimate, subtle exploration of chamber works and a  second one in which jazz musicians explore song forms and melodies that are formatted more along the lines of what we would categorize as ‘pop songs.’  Those are the two things that really interest me, and it intrigues me to think about different presentation approaches while writing each kind of song.” – Esperanza Spalding

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What To Watch For in 2012: Lapalux

“Gutter Glitter” by Lapalux

Happy belated holidays, readers. We’re going to start the new year off by writing posts about artists, albums and events that we’re looking forward to in 2012. So, here’s mine.

Lapalux makes tunes that are all about balance – between melody and texture, flow and mood, catchiness and challenging…ness. His previous EP, Many Faces Out of Focus, was released on Pictures Music, a European label that houses some really forward thinking dance music (see: Dauwd, Koreless). I’ve been constantly spinning those older tracks since I had first came upon them, but recently heard he’d signed to Brainfeeder, Flying Lotus’ cornucopia of flow(endtheory). This track from his upcoming EP, When You’re Gone, plays in the same field as his previous work – this unclassifiable, esoteric blend between hip hop, UK garage, and R&B. The beats stuttery and disjointed, vocals pitch shifted and sampled into something beyond voice. He’s going to have a great year, and I’m excited to see what everyone else from Pictures Music has in store as well. When You’re Gone is out on Brainfeeder Feb. 7th. Below is one of my favorites, the closing track off Many Faces Out of Focus, titled “Time, Patience, Everything.” Hope you enjoy.

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Childish Gambino

Most of you probably recognize Donald Glover from the sketch-comedy group Derrick Comedy, or NBC series Community, but Glover’s now also stepping into the rap game as Childish Gambino, and proving that he’s as good a rapper as he is a comedian. Gambino showcases his impressive lyrical skills in his new hard-hitting music video “Freaks and Geeks”, which you can check out below.

This really deserves a post of its own, but Jamie xx, lead beat-maker for The xx, made this dope remix of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”, which Glover spits a closing verse over.
Rolling in the Deep (Jamie xx Remix ft. Childish Gambino) – Adele

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So Many Concerts, So Little Time…

You know, a typical Titus Andronicus show…

If you’re like me, you and your wallet may be overwhelmed with the number of astounding concerts happening this spring in DC. But with the amount of amazing rising talent coming to the district to perform live, how can you not go? I sat down with an extensive concert list, and asked myself, which shows are worth going to?

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