Beastie Boys Headline Day 1 Of All Points West

bb_cyh_maincoverNew York City’s Beastie Boys are set to play the All Points West Music & Arts Festival on Friday, July 31, alongside Q-Tip, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Pharcyde, Organized Konfusion and many more.

With he release of their first vocal album since 2004 Hot Sauce Committee eminent, Ad-Rock commented to Billboard, “it’s a lot of vocals, a lot of words — very wordy.  And it’s political, depending on what you call political. You know, if toilet talk and fart jokes are political, which they can be, in that sense yeah, very.”

“Lee Majors Come Again”

B Boys In The Cut (Innerpartysystem Remix)

More Info on All Points West, July 31 – August 2

Stax Records Releases Teena Marie’s Congo Square Today

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The thirteenth album and Stax Records debut from internationally-renowned singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Teena Marie, Congo Square marks a deeply personal milestone for “Lady Tee.”

Like most of Teena Marie’s classic albums, it is a largely autobiographical journey that cruises smoothly from southern soul and smoky jazz to dance floor funk. Along for the party are special guests Faith Evans (on the first single “Can’t Last a Day”), Howard Hewett (on the steamy duet “Lovers Lane”), MC Lyte (“The Pressure”), Pastor Shirley Murdock (“Soldier”), the jazz trio of pianist George Duke (on the title track), drummer/co-composer Terri Lyne Carrington and bassist Brian Bromberg (on the cinematic ballad “The Rose n’ Thorn,”) and Teena’s daughter Rose LeBeau (“Milk & Honey”). Congo Square is a nod to all who came before and to the ones who will follow in her footsteps, firmly reiterating the obvious: there is only one Teena Marie.

The iconic soul music star and Rhythm & Blues Awards Lifetime Achievement recipient penned and produced all sixteen tracks on Congo Square, whose title is a reference to the sacred area of The French Quarter in New Orleans where slaves were allowed to dance and sing in the wardrobe of their mother country on Sundays.

Stream tracks from Congo Square

Nouvelle Vague At The Fillmore New York At Irving Plaza, 6/17

Nouvelle Vague play The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza on June 17th – one of the first shows in their tour across the USA and Europe.

The band’s latest, 3, picks up where Bande A Part left off, and this time they’re performing duets with the original singers. Aside from the reggae and bossa nova interpretations, the songs are also inspired by country music and bluegrass. For this is what they do best; they take the songs that you adore and make you fall in love with them all over again.

Stream songs from 3

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The Latin Project Radio Show [Exclusive] & MP3 Download

the-latin-project-front-coverThe Latin Project are giving away the title track from their sophomore album, Musica De La Noche (out June 23). The song features guests Freddie Crespo (percussionist & vocalist for Tito Puente) and Debi Nova, who’s played with Sergio Mendes, Mark Ronson and Ricky Martin.

Headed by Jez Colin and Matt Cooper, The Latin Project have also recorded a one-off radio show exclusively for Giant Step. It’s a fabulous melange of tracks that served as inspiration for the album from Jill Scott to J5 and Incognito, with a couple of their own productions sprinkled in.

Download “Musica De La Noche”

The Latin Project Radio Show [Giant Step Exclusive]

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