New Video: Rhye – “Open” + Tour Dates

The Los Angeles duo, Rhye, just released their latest video for “Open”. Although they released a (NSFW) version of the video last year, the second version, features less nudity and more longing sentiment. Watch it below.

Rhye will release their debut album, Woman, on March 4th in the U.K. and on March 5th in the U.S. Look below for their North American Tour dates.

Rhye North American Tour Dates:
04/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
04/03 – San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s
04/11 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
04/13 – Toronto, ON @ Great Hall
04/14 – Montreal, QC @ Cabaret du Mile End
04/16 – Boston, MA @ Sinclair
04/17 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
04/18 – Washington, DC @ Sixth and I (small room)
04/20 – Philadelphia PA @ World Cafe Live Upstairs

‘Red Hot + Rio 2′ In Stores Today + MP3

RH Loft Party: Mia Doi Todd + José González from Red Hot on Vimeo.

Red Hot + Rio 2 is out today! This modern tribute to the late 60′s Brazilian Tropicália movement sheds new light on the songs of this influential, politically charged era, which changed the culture of the country forever. Featuring an impressive 33 original collaborations between Brazilian legends and international indie artists alike, the album features: John Legend, Alice Smith, Aloe Blacc, Cults, Angelique Kidjo, Os Mutantes, Devendra Banhart, Caetano Veloso, Seu Jorge, Beck, Bebel Gilberto, José González, Beirut, Tom Zé, Javelin, Of Montreal, Marisa Monte, Madlib, and others. Red Hot + Rio 2 is the Red Hot Organization’s most recent project aimed raising money for HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.

Mia Doi Todd + José González – “Um Girassol da Cor do Seu Cabelo” [MP3]
 

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Idan K Releases Cosmic Love Foundation + Video & MP3

 

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Today you can dance. If you just saw that live video about, you know we’re not joking. With over 5 years in the making, multi-instrumentalist and percussionist Idan K bestows us with his new release, Cosmic Love Foundation. The album effortlessly fuses international sounds with the help of 32 master musicians also known as The Movement of Rhythm. Together, Idan K and The Movement of Rhythm have birthed a progressive and layered sound that is electrifying.

Idan K – “Pau Do Berimbau” ft. Juares Dos Santos & Axum [MP3]
 

Purchase Cosmic Love Foundation on Bandcamp

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Blitz the Ambassador Video – “Best I Can” ft. Corneille + Native Sun Out Today

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Check out the new video from Blitz the Ambassador, “Best I Can” ft. Corneille off the new album, Native Sun, released today. He’s having album release parties in New York (SOB’s, 5/4)  and DC (Club Liv, 5/5) off the heels of a successful month-long tour of Europe, with The Embassy Ensemble.

Native Sun on iTunes | Fat Beats

The Stepkids – “La La” & “Shadows on Behalf” + MP3


Photo via Potholes in My Blog

The Stepkids are the latest signing to Stones Throw records, deviating from the label’s “indie hip-hop” reputation earned with artists like Madlib, Percee P, MED, Doom and Dilla. The Stepkids are made up of three meticulous session musicians who got tired of the back-up gigs (playing on stage for artists like Alicia Keys, 50 Cent and Lauryn Hill) and made this new music in their free time. We were lucky to have them open up for Aloe Blacc last year and they blew us away.  Aside from the main draw which is their fantastic new sound, they also enhance their live show with visuals by wearing all white clothing while standing in front of a white sheet with a projector in front of them. And lots of beautiful swirling colors.

Along with a free download of “Shadows on Behalf,” Stones Throw is offering this stream of “La La,” a track that Gilles Peterson had to rewind in his Worldwide radio show. Gilles had to make sure you heard the quiet lyrics early in the song because it’s such a lovely tune that it’s easy to lose the heavy meaning behind it. Both of these tracks are available on colored vinyl, made exclusively for Record Store Day. Looking like Spin Art, this is the best colored vinyl we’ve seen yet, making good use of those inevitable ink bleeds.

Their debut album will be released in September 2011.

“Shadows on Behalf” [MP3]
The Stepkids – Shadows On Behalf by stonesthrow

“La La”
The Stepkids – La La by stonesthrow

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