Alex Cuba To Release Augua Del Pozo

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Alex Cuba‘s new album Augua Del Pozo will be released September 22nd, featuring two additional unreleased tracks. For a guy who moved from smalltown Cuba to smalltown Canada, Alex Cuba thinks big. Cuban soul rocker Alex Cuba hails from Artemisa, Cuba (1 hour west of Havana) and resides in Smithers, B.C. (14 hours north of Vancouver). Musically, he lives everywhere in between. His sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and rock chords subvert commonly held notions of what Cuban music is. He is a Juno-Award winner in Canada, recently topped the iTunes U.S. Latino charts has been touring the US for the last three years building a fan base and generating media recognition, one city at a time. With a heart as big as his retro ‘fro, Cuba takes it in stride and focuses on what he does best: crafting songs that cut through linguistic and cultural barriers like a machete through sugarcane.

Check out alexcuba.com for more, including a streaming audio preview of the new album.

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MCA (Beastie Boys) Has Cancer, Tour Dates Cancelled

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Sad news from the Beastie Boys forces them to cancel tour dates (including All Points West) and to push their upcoming album release, Hot Sauce Committee. MCA has a form of cancer localized in the parotid gland, which is luckily treatable. To focus on the positive side, he assures us that his voice will not be affected by the treatment.

Richie Hawtin & Scientist To Host The Dubspot Ableton Live 8 Workshop In NYC This Weekend

tournycThis weekend on June 27th and 28th, Dubspot, New York’s premier DJ and electronic music production institute, has teamed up with Ableton to present the Live 8 US Sessions Tour in NYC.

It’s the second stop of the tour, featuring established artists like Richie Hawtin & Scientist, who will present their personally developed strategies and techniques for producing and performing with Ableton Live 8.

Register for Live 8 US Sessions Tour in NYC

To top off the weekend workshop on Sunday, Dubspot and Ableton celebrate Dubspot’s 2 year anniversary at Le Poisson Rouge.

Legendary Scientist will mix live with Dub Is A Weapon, followed by DJ sets from Matt Shadetek & DJ Rupture of Dutty Artz, Kiva, Barry Cole and Badawi. This will also be the first party of Dubspot’s new monthly night!

More info on DubSpot’s 2 Year Anniversary Party #3

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)