On March 5th, Bilal brings his own live band to the windy city for a rare Chicago performance by the Philadelphia-born Soulquarian. Bilal's 2010 album Airtight's Revenge was arguably one of the best soul albums of the year, getting incredible feedback from both his peers and the press. The remixes, the covers and videos that came along with it were all leading to this - the tour. If you're in Chicago next weekend, catch Bilal at The Shrine, presented by Giant Step and Dusty Groove, to experience the voice Janelle Monáe once described as a Van Gogh painting.
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Our good friend Marques Wyatt is celebrating his birthday this Sunday in LA. DEEP, hands down the best party in LA, if not the States, is also celebrating an anniversary with 12 years of dance music. The line-up for their party looks like a typical Giant Step DJ event - Rich Medina, DJ Spinna, Osunlade, Joe Claussell and of course Marques Wyatt. So if you're on the west coast this President's Day weekend, don't miss this event Sunday night! "Special Hours" means this party goes til 4am, which for LA, is crazytime.
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They’re back, and they’re even harder, better faster and stronger than before! Last night, Daft Punk made a surprise appearance at Madison Square Gardens during the Phoenix concert. Fog filled the stage, and when it cleared, Daft Punk was revealed in their usual attire of suits and futuristic helmets. They then played a quick set alongside their fellow Frenchmen, Phoenix.
Their appearance coincides with the creation of their soundtrack for the upcoming movie Tron: Legacy. The Tron: Legacy soundtrack will be released December 7th. A major coup for all you Daft Punk fans out there waiting for their return.
Click over to www.tronsoundtrack.com for a preview of the new music and a sweet glow-in-the-dark poster we have to have.
The Spanish Harlem Orchestra is a Grammy-winning 13-piece collective that represents one of the most formidable and authentic Latin jazz combos of today. Though very much a contemporary band, Spanish Harlem Orchestra pays homage to the traditional Salsa sound popularized but the legendary Tito Puente.
The band was started in 2000 by Oscar Hernandez was primarily known for his work as Ruben Blades' piano-player and musical director. Hernandez has also worked with artists like Celia Cruz & Paul Simon.
Next week's show is going to be special because it will be the first time ever that the Spanish Harlem Orchestra plays music from the new album!
Spanish Harlem Orchestra - "Como Baila Mi Mulata"
Admission is $25 and attendees get a FREE copy of the new CD, Viva La Tradicion
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We've seen the original-nintendo - stylee music videos coming from Mark Ronson lately, and we're all patiently waiting for his September release, Record Collection. Meanwhile, Tuesday night in London, Ronson was promoting the album with new band The Business International. Later in the performance, to the delight of the crowd, he was joined by his infamous collaborator Amy Winehouse. But audiences were let down when Amy only sang one song, for the encore. And when she did, she forgot the words.
Trainwrecks aside, Mark Ronson the producer is working in top form, and the new album features Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears, Boy George and Q-Tip. So when September rolls around, remember to pick up Record Collection.