Levi’s Pioneer Sessions: Raphael Saadiq Covers The Spinners + MP3

Levi’s Pioneer Sessions keeps rolling out more recreations of classic hits, this time with Giant Step favorite Raphael Saadiq covering “It’s a Shame” by The Spinners, the legendary Detroit ensemble. When Tony! Toni! Toné!’s Raphael Saadiq went solo, his goal was to modernize R&B without cutting ties with its past, creating complex tunes that honored Motown while addressing issues of the day. You can get your copy of Raphael’s cover of “It’s a Shame” here.

Don’t forget about our Central Park SummerStage show on July 17th, where Raphael Saadiq will be performing along with Aloe Blacc and special guests!

And while you’re at it, check out behind-the-scenes footage of Raphael talking about his recreation of “It’s a Shame” below.

Steve Madden Music and Giant Step Present Nikki & Rich at Ramscale Penthouse – June 29

Nikki & Rich at Ramscale Penthouse 6/29

We’re back with another Steve Madden music event on Tuesday, June 29th from 7pm to 10pm. We will be holding the festivities at the beautiful Ramscale Penthouse, with a very special performance by Nikki & Rich showcasing songs from their upcoming debut album. Guest DJ will be, our friend, the illustrious DJ Moni. Complimentary cocktails will be provided by SVEDKA Vodka, and because we love you, entrance is free, but strictly RSVP only. So come early to avoid the lines and enjoy the music.

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Advance Screening of The Kids Are All Right – June 22

Kids Are All Right at Cobble Hill Cinemas 6/22

Giant Step and Focus Features invite you to an advance screening of The Kids Are All Right, the award-winning film from Lisa Cholodenko (Laurel Canyon), at Cobble Hill Cinemas in Brooklyn, on Tuesday, June 22nd at 7:30 p.m. Entrance is free, but strictly RSVP only.

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New Single by Bilal + MP3

Bilal, the Philadelphia born, Grammy nominated artist who has collaborated and performed with the likes of Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Erykah Badu (he performed on her tour June 8th in Philly), and The Roots, is releasing his third studio album, Airtight’s Revenge,  on September 14th. Although classically trained and jazz-influenced, Bilal says this next album will be an eclectic mix of “jazz, hip-hop, soul, blues, and experimental free music.” To tide us over before the release of his much anticipated album, here’s a free MP3 download of his song, “Free.” The song will not make an appearance on Airtight’s Revenge, but it’s the first time the fully mixed and mastered version of this song has been released for download. Check it out and see what you think.

Bilal – “Free” [MP3]