Check out this video message from Rob and Eric, personally inviting you to the Thievery Corporation with Raphael Saadiq, Dam-Funk & Master Blazter concert at Williamsburg Waterfront on Friday, June 24th in Brooklyn, NY. Make sure you buy your advance tickets today, or if you are feeling lucky then enter our contest for a chance to win a pair of tickets!
The jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding surprised a few people by winning The Grammy’s ‘Best New Artist’ over the big pop acts of 2011, which goes to prove one thing: Jazz ain’t dead. Neither is vinyl. The double LP version of Chamber Music Society is now available, and contains some special extras. Enter to win a *signed* copy of the vinyl for your own collection.
Besides all of the original tracks from the Chamber Music Society CD, the LP also includes audio commentary by Esperanza & song bytes from the recording sessions, and a sneak peek track (“Morning”) from her next 2012 release, Radio Music Society.
Having already conquered her native Britain with the biggest and fastest selling debut album of 2010, Lights, which premiered at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart with four hit singles and earned a BRIT award, singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding is ready to make a similar splash in America. Lights, released in the US today, is infused with Ellie’s sparkling electro-folk-pop sound that mixes heartfelt emotion with other-worldly atmospherics.
While Ellie tours across North America from festival to festival, she’ll be stopping in New York, naturally. That Webster Hall show on March 24th is Sold Out, but you can enter to win a pair of lucky tix.
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Jessie J, the UK singer-songwriter who recently broke out in the US with her outrageous music video for “Do It Like A Dude,” has topped the BBC’s Sound of 2011 chart. The list highlights the very best up-and-coming artists of the new year, and is compiled from key music critics, broadcasters and bloggers. Until recently, Jessie has developed her art both on stage and behind the scenes, writing hits for megastars like Kylie Minogue and Miley Cyrus. But the music she writes for herself has more edge: ‘attitude-filled urban pop and big soulful ballads.’ Along with all that, she has an insane Aguilera-esque voice and a magnetic personality. Congratulations Jessie, we can’t wait to hear more! Check out the rest of the ‘Sound of 2011′ list here.
Artists in the top five in previous years have included Florence and the Machine and La Roux (Sound of 2009), Adele and Duffy (Sound of 2008), Mika and Klaxons (Sound of 2007), Bloc Party and Kaiser Chiefs (Sound of 2005), Keane and Franz Ferdinand (Sound of 2004) and 50 Cent and Dizzee Rascal (Sound of 2003).
Jessie’s debut album Who You Are will be released this Spring on Universal Republic. She is currently running a contest with Vevo, which will fly a lucky winner to NYC to see Jessie J perform live in the city – youtube.com/vevo.
To celebrate their third release, Nu Revolution — due this December, French / Cameroonian duo Les Nubians have embarked on a preview tour backed by a world class 9-piece band. The sisters wrap things up in their now hometown — New York City — at (Le) Poisson Rouge on Friday, October 15th.
In case you haven’t bought your tickets yet, Giant Step is offering you a chance to win two to see Les Nubians live at (Le) Poisson Rouge.