The Latin Project’s Musica De La Noche Out Now With A Record Release Party & Live Show In LA July 8th

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Following the success of the band’s first release Nueva Musica (Billboard #1, Grammy Nomination for remix of first single, IDMA Award for Best Latin Dance Song), The Latin Project comes straight at you with a superb set of brand new songs and stunning remixes on Musica De La Noche, out today on their own label.

This July 8th, REAL Wednesdays at Little Temple in Los Angeles presents the release party for their sophomore album where they will be performing live.  A Los Angeles Times review captured the vibe of their live show with these words: “The act is meant to be heard, and seen, in person…the set is an entrancing concoction of hypnotic beats, airy melodies and jazzy instrumentals…”

Singers Debi Nova (also heard performing with Sergio Mendez, Mark Ronson and Ricky Martin), Joel Virgil and Katia Moraes (from Brazilian act Sambaguru) fuse with percussion, keyboards, bass, guitar and flute/sax, to create a big, colorful experience.

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Organized Konfusion Reunite For All Points West On July 31

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Representing the creatively fertile hip hop class of 1991, the underground hip hop duo Organized Konfusion will play on the jam-packed bill of the 3-day All Points West Music & Arts Festival this July 31st at Liberty State Park, NJ.  It will be the group’s first reunion since the late 90′s.

While their self-titled debut saw little commercial success, platinum records were certainly not the point. This proto-”undie” hip hop group, consisting of Prince Poetry and Pharoahe Monch, bounced rhymes off each other like an Olympic table-tennis team, turning them into thesaurus rap champions revered by an army of head-nodding backpackers.  Both MCs can transcend even the most uninspired beats, which is why Organized Konfusion will be remembered.

More information on All Points West 7/31 – 8/2

Scott Hardkiss Drops You’re The Star EP In Preparation For Album

scott_hardkiss_a2_b1_layers_highresSF/NYC electronica pioneer Scott Hardkiss has a new album, Technicolor Dreamer, in the pipeline for August 4th on his own God Within Recordings.

While the majority of the record features a 21st century P-Funk or Prince’s Revolution-style band (a sexy, diverse group of vocalists and musicians: eclectic, multi-cultural, and poly-sexual), the first single and EP for “You’re the Star” (released July 7) finds Scott playing every instrument himself (including drums, bass, keys, guitar & vocals), save one blazing guitar solo rocked by one Jose Luis Pardo (a.k.a. DJ Afro of Los Amigos Invisibles). It comes with remixes by Kris Menace and Robbie Rivera.

Hey Deejay! (Jimmy Edgar Remix) via RCRDLBL

Stream the You’re The Star EP

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens

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New from Daptone Records: the video for “What Have You Done” by Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, directed by Philip Di Fiore, shot in the backyard of Daptone’s Bushwick Brooklyn Studio. Check out the Flavorwire interview here and purchase the new album What Have You Done, My Brother? here.

New York Loves Nouvelle Vague: A Review Of Last Night’s Show At The Fillmore At Irving Plaza

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With their 3rd album of covers, 3 – or “trois” as chanteuse Melanie Pain put it — out this month in Europe and September in America, Nouvelle Vague played one of the first dates on their current tour at The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza last night.

While Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux may be the masterminds behind the group’s punk and post-punk interpretations, singers Nadeah and the aforementioned Melanie Pain were the stars of the live show.  Nadeah in particular, was ever-charismatic, glamourously voguing in a sea of filtered violet and deep blue lighting.  Apart from being a photo opportunity, the sober first half mainly showcased cuts from the new album, punctuated by the opening track, “Master & Servant,” and the Violent Femmes’ crowd pleaser, “Blister In The Sun.”

After a couple anti-American numbers, Nadeah took it up a notch by scaling the balcony railing mid-song, side-stepping her way across and back before a security drone pulled her over the side by the wrists. In turn, the energy of the set climbed with hits from Bande A Part and their self-titled debut: including Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” Public Image Ltd’s “This Is Not A Love Song,” “Too Drunk To Fuck” and an especially fabulous version of “Friday Night Saturday Morning,” which gradually sped up in tempo and worked the audience into a frenzy.  At the end, fan-girls and their dates stomped the floor and screamed for more; Nouvelle Vague obliged with two encores, finally closing with “Bela Lugosis’s Dead” and The Cramps’ “Human Fly.”

Despite a lackluster new album, Nadeah and Co can still headbang and thrash their way through a show, albeit in the most graceful and fetching way imaginable.

Nouvelle Vague’s Upcoming Tour Dates (MySpace)