Can I Get You High?

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On Wednesday October 21st Plug Research will invade BLVD NYC on Bowery with some of the best soul, hip hop and experimental music of today by some of the most dynamic and interesting artists of today.

Bilal will headline the show with a six piece band, and the host of the evening is Pharoahe Monch. Shafiq Husayn of the SA-RA collective will perform material off the new album Shafiq En’ A-Free-Ka, with musical collaborators from the album Stephen Thundercat Bruner and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. Exile will be showcasing his famous wizadry on the MPC with a guest spot by Blu, one of the best new MC’s around. DJ sets will be provided by Blu Jemz, the legendary Large Professor and mind-blowing combination of Spinna and J Rocc.

This has the makings of a classic show, take advantage of presale tickets, do not miss out!

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live sets:
BILAL with 6 piece band
EXILE featuring BLU
SHAFIQ HUSAYN featuring Miguel Atwood Ferguson and Thundercat

hosted by PHAROAHE MONCH

dj sets:
JROCC & SPINNA Record for Record
LARGE PROFESSOR
BLU JEMZ
+many special guests TBA!

venue info:
BLVD

limited presale $10 (www.wantickets.com)
door: $20
9pm-4am

more info: Plug Research | V Tech phones

Exile “Summer Song” Remix (right-click to download)

 

Noisemakers with Peter Rosenberg & Talib Kweli at 92Y Tribeca, NYC

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Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg hosts a night of music and conversation featuring legendary rap artist Talib Kweli. Rosenberg will sit down with Kweli for a candid interview about the Brooklyn-native’s impressive career, highlighting his debut in the 1990s as one half of the band BlackStar with Mos Def, his work with Hi-Tek as part of Reflection Eternal, his recent launch of Blacksmith Music and more.

Wednesday October 21st
$15
7pm Doors
8pm Show
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2012: The Hip Hop Experiment

20121Tomorrow, Saturday September 26th, at 6:00 pm at The Gatehouse, Harlem Stage is hosting an all-encompassing hip hop event with conversation and performances; an overall multi-sensory virtual experience. Oh yeah, and open bar.

The experiment will be conducted by Marc Cary and Shon “Chance” Miller with artists like George Lewis, Phonte, DJ Jazzy Jay and Prodigal Sunn.

6:00 Conversation
7:30 Open Bar
8:30 Main Event
11:00 DJ set

Check here for tickets, more info and line-up

Interview with The Foreign Exchange

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By Seher Sikandar

The Foreign Exchange (Nicolay and Phonte of Little Brother) play Yoshi’s SF with a full band at midnight on Saturday, September 12th.  Wait, what?  Yeah – midnight, y’all – for a special “Beyond Jazz Music Series.”  You can get tickets for $25 at Yoshi’s website.

In preparation for the show, I got the guys to sit down with me for about half an hour to answer some of my favorite questions.  Phonte talks about how he wishes he was Theo from The Cosby show, why he is the boss of himself, and spying on his kids.  Nicolay shares college dropout fantasies, stories of his mama’s records, and simple kidnapping best practices.  More on that in un momento.

Their debut, Connected, was a uniquely melodic hip-hop record.  It introduced me to one of my favorite female vocalists, Yahzarah (former background singer for Erykah Badu) – homegirl gets it in.  She will stomp yo ass out with those pipes, forreal forreal.

Judging from their sophomore release, Leave It All Behind, being formulaic clearly isn’t part of the plan, though.  The follow-up work steps away a bit from the group’s hip-hop roots and trades it in for a haunting soul sound sprinkled with ambient and house vibes where Phonte decided to sing more than rap. Electro-soul space cadet and DC-based songstress, Muhsinah, was the first lady for this album.  Tingles up and down your spine type isht right there.

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