Giant Step Staff Picks of 2011

Here at last are our staff picks of the year. Undeniably the most varied list we’ve had so far, some of the artists we’ll remember 2011 for include: Raphael, Saadiq, James Blake, Adele, Michael Kiwanuka, The Weeknd, and SBTRKT. Chocked full of each our personal tastes and quirks, it’s best to eschew any further generalizations. We suggest you dive head long into our favorite albums, singles, movies and more.

See the full list here.

Yael Naim – New Album + Live Shows in NY (5/9) and LA (5/16)

Thanks to the runaway success of her international hit “New Soul,” Yael Naim’s self-titled 2007 release propelled this French-Israeli singer-songwriter on a yearlong promotional trek around the globe. Naim’s stunning new album, She Was a Boy (which has already surpassed Gold status in France), collects 13 luminous folk-pop gems, each recorded at the singer’s apartment-turned-workshop. Upbeat tunes like “Come Home,” “Stupid Goal” and “Go to the River” will instantly appeal to fans of “New Soul,” though She Was a Boy presents a serious expansion of Naim’s sound as well.

Check out her upcoming appearances in NY and LA – She’ll be at Le Poisson Rouge on May 9 in NY, and she’ll be at Hotel Cafe on May 16th in LA.

Yaelweb.com

Aloe Blacc Live Video + North American Tour

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We know a bit about Aloe Blaccs live show, having seen him perform at more than one of our NYC events. He has lit up all kinds of stages around here, from small venues to Central Park’s Summerstage. Now he’s embarking on a 2011 North American tour, supporting his recent Good Things album, featuring the worldwide hit song “I Need a Dollar.” The popularity of Good Things has spread to all parts of the globe – come see what the rest of the world is raving about!

Tour Dates

Just Announced: Thievery Corporation at Williamsburg Waterfront – Fri, 6/24

Thievery Corporation just announced they will be performing live with special guests at the Williamsburg Waterfront on Friday, June 24th. Gearing up for the release of their 6th studio album, Culture of Fear (out in June on ESL Music), Rob Garza and Eric Hilton are revved up and ready to throw down at the perfect outdoor, summer venue.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 6th at Noon. You can purchase yours online via Ticketmaster, or you can pick it up in person at the Best Buy Theater Box Office (44th St. & Broadway) in Manhattan  or at Sound Fix Records (Berry & N. 11th Sts.) in Williamsburg.

Dirty Vegas – Electric Love Out Next Week, Brooklyn Show 4/29 + Exclusive Remix MP3

Dirty Vegas will release their album Electric Love this Tuesday, 4/26. Visit their site for more streaming music and look out for the new album on iTunes and Amazon next week. Here’s an unreleased ‘Juke Mix’ of “Changes” by Body Language for free download, courtesy of Om Records. Dirty Vegas is also having a release-day celebration in Brooklyn at Public Assembly on 4/29 – get those tickets here.

Dirty Vegas – Changes (Body Language Juke Mix-Unreleased) by OMrecords