Noise rock fresh face EMA (born Erika M. Anderson) played an awesome show last night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. The singer’s live performance remarkably sounded better than the recording. Particularly on the album opener “The Grey Ship” where strings shrieked with reckless abandon during the song’s frantic climax. The South Dakota born “California” singer will soon find life imitating art as she plays both weekends at Coachella.
Until then, check out our photos of last night’s show after the jump.
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The Fleet Foxes front man posted the following treat to the bands facebook page Monday afternoon:
Hi, Robin here. I recorded three songs in LA a couple weeks ago with my friend Noah. One is a new song that’s a duet with my buddy Ed Droste from the amazing band Grizzly Bear, one is a solo new song, and one is a cover. Hope you enjoy!
Huzzah for free music! Of the three, the first track is the clear winner, featuring an arpeggiated Fleet Foxes style rhythm and the harmonies of Pecknold and Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste.
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Raekwon, Wu-Tang’s fabled Chef has dropped a new video on the eve of his fifth solo release.
The first third of the video is done in a hand-drawn animé-style consistent with the kung-fu theme of the album.. The video then transitions to a pleasant mish-mash of video footage interspersed with the animé. All in all, it’s a great video that definitely ramps up excitement for his new album, Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang, arriving in stores and desktops tomorrow.
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Brandy is rappin, y’all! I remember a couple years ago on one of those VH1 reality shows, Brandy was yammering on about recording a rap album. I never thought she would actually get it all together. And yet here she is with a single produced by one of the best in the game, Timbaland. Like it or not she’s making us listen.
Production-wise this is pretty standard fare for Timbaland, embellishing the track with his trademark synths. Timbo’s intro verse over brandy’s breathy vocals looped ad infinitum isn’t really interesting and if it wasn’t for the fact I so desperately wanted to hear Brandy’s verse, I would have skipped the track.
Brandy doesn’t come in until 1:27 in and I think you will be pleasantly surprised. She actually accomplishes the task of speaking in metered verse. That fact alone far exceeded my expectations. The singer sounds like an amorphous mix of Lil Kim, Foxy Brown and Nikki Minaj all rolled together in a vaguely interesting fashion. As for her potential as a rapper: Only the future can truly tell what will become of “Brand’Nu”, Brandy’s rap alter-ego. I’ll just say good for her for trying.
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Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has been in the news as of late due to her mysterious health ailments and her feelings about which actress should play her in a movie. Daytime talkshow host Wendy Williams recently sat down with Franklin in her hometown of Detroit for high tea. Check out this historic interview see sides of Franklin that have rarely been seen in public.
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The other day, I posted photos from Marsha Ambrosius’ album release party for her solo debut “Late Nights & Early Mornings”, if you missed it you can find them here. I also have video of her exclusive performance from her official album release party in NYC. Check ‘em out after the jump.
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NSFW ALERT: This video is only 57 seconds long but contains at least as many pairs of ass cheeks and titties. That’s right, ass AND titties. You’ve been warned.
We now live in an age where even videos have trailers. And that’s exactly what Rick Ross and bringing with this clip from their yet to be released video “Make It Rain” (Remix).
I love Rick Ross for his outlandishly absurd imagery, distinct voice and bombastic yet street-orchestral “Maybach Music” production syle. Now he’s bringing one tailor-made for the strip clubs and I find myself in a place where I’m disappointed at the use gratuitous nudity yet still eager to see the video.
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Weezy F. Baby’s got a brand-new Hype Williams-directed video that hasn’t been formally released. However thanks to the
piracy magic of the interwebs, I’ve got the clip for you to enjoy NOW. Supposedly the clip is, in part, inspired by the movie Inception, but I wouldn’t know, as I’m music obsessed, not movie obsessed.
That should really be enough information for you to click the more button. Lil Wayne. Hype Williams. Seriously, remember what our lives were like for that year that Weezy was locked up, and we had no stream-of-consciousness absurdist rap to keep us going? I thought so. Enjoy.
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“Black Hand Side” is produced by Mike Loe & is from Pharoahe Monch’s upcoming album W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) in stores March 22nd on W.A.R. Media/Duck Down Music. I’m hoping W.A.R. actually comes out. The last time I saw Pharoahe Monch, it was in Queensbridge Park here in NYC, as part of the city’s Summerstage series of free concerts. (You can check out photos of that event here.) At that time, Monch was saying his album was supposed to be released in September. Is there a second springtime September that I’ve simply been unaware of?
All kidding aside, it’s great to get new music from a real emcee.
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Marsha Ambrosius, one half of the now defunct baby-making neo-soul duo Floetry, hosted her album release party in Midtown Manhattan and I was lucky enough to get to attend. The event was held in the Samsung Store Columbus Circle and feature a swank atmosphere, an excellent and gratis Hennessey cocktails that made everything seem better.
Ambrosius wore a body-hugging magenta and purple-colored sequined number that showed off her newly svelte physique. Thankfully, the book was just as good as its cover. Marsha the invite-only crowd through four songs from her freshly released album “Late Nights & Early Mornings.”
She began the show with a brief introduction and launched into her revengeful urban hit “I Hope She Cheats on You (With A Basketball Player)” followed by her single “Far Away” – her ode to members of the GLBT community who have committed suicide “Far Away. She ended the set with the title track “Late Nights & Early Mornings.” I’ve got video of each song and will be posting them for you to enjoy later today. As an encore, she played her baby-making coo-fest “With You”. All in all, it was a great evening with a talented vocalist. Fans of Floetry should definitely be excited for Marsha’s solo debut.
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