Film: ‘Thunder Soul’ in Theaters September 23rd

 

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Jamie Foxx’s new film, Thunder Soul, is creeping up for release in the next couple weeks and we can’t wait! A bit about the film for those still in the dark:

Thunder Soul follows the extraordinary alumni from Houston’s storied Kashmere High School Stage Band, who return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for the 92-year-old “Prof,” their beloved band leader who broke the color barrier and transformed the school’s struggling jazz band into a world-class funk powerhouse in the early 1970s.”

In the last couple months, reviews have been popping up about the film and it looks like not only will this film provide some great entertainment value and history, but it will also open up a social discussion about arts education in schools. Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter notes in his review:

“A greater argument for music education in our secondary school curriculum can’t be made than Mark Landsman’s doc about a Texas high school funk band that tore up the music scene from 1968 to 1977.”

Stay tuned for film screenings and release parties in your area!

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Diplo Releases New Mix Using Legitmix

 

For the first time ever, the revolutionary Legitmix platform is allowing musicians to legally sell songs using copyrighted music without having to go through the arduous and costly sample clearing process. Further, anyone can recreate a DJ set, remix, or sample-based song on their own computer utilizing the original samples used by the artist!

Crazy exciting. We will certainly be nudging our pals sitting on uncleared sampled music, for starters.

Diplo has partnered with Legitmix to release Mad Legit, a 40-minute DJ set including 9 exclusive remixes that draw from Tupac’s “California Love,” Chris Brown’s “Look at me Now” and Belle Epoque’s “Miss Broadway,” to name a few. Sample the mix below.

The pricing is quite clever as well. To purchase Mad Legit, you pay $3.00 “plus the retail cost of the 14 copyrighted tracks needed to recreate the Diplo DJ set and its 9 remixes.” What’s even more fancy is that Legitmix will search your hard drive for the copyrighted source tracks and only charge you for ones you don’t already have.

Legitmix cites a very simple goal: “deliver on the promise of copyright: to encourage artistic freedom while protecting a creator’s right to profit from their work.” You can learn more about the company’s story by viewing their video.

Purchase Mad Legit on Legitmix

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Giant Step & Steve Madden Music Present Katy B w/ DJ Dhundee – Mon, 6/27

Giant Step teams up with Steve Madden Music once again to celebrate a great summer full of the best up and coming artists. Kicking off the series will be London’s latest genre-bending pop sensation, Katy B, giving us an exclusive, stripped down performance with special guest DJ Dhundee on Monday, June 27th, 7:00pm-9:00pm at Le Bain at The Standard New York. The event is the perfect chance to get to know this rising star whose success in the UK has propelled her from the dance charts to the pop charts, and onto the Rolling Stone Artist To Watch list along the way.

Entrance is free, but strictly RSVP for this event – so come out and bring a friend.

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Update: KING (NY Debut) to Replace Andreya Triana at SummerStage – 6/25

KING will play their much anticipated New York City debut at our SummerStage party this Saturday, June 25th, joining the line up to replace previously announced Andreya Triana. In case you haven’t heard of this group yet, get ready to be excited. A sublime blend of 3 female voices delivering original soul material that will take you out of the ordinary. With only one release under their belt, The Story EP, these ladies are making what they do seem easy and garnering fans like Prince and Erykah Badu for whom they already have opened. Make sure you stop by the park on Saturday and bring some friends with you because Giant Step is taking over the city this weekend.

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