Event Recap: The Village Voice on The Annual MLK Tribute with Questlove & MC Yameen Allworld

Big thanks to Puja at The Village Voice for covering our Annual MLK event, DJed this year by Questlove and MC Yameen Allworld.

Party anthems and silly humor aside, at its best, the night made us remember exactly what we were celebrating. The most touching moment for us came at the onset of Aly-Us’ house anthem “Follow Me”: Basked in flecks of gold light from the disco balls above, the entire club sang along to a chorus of “Why don’t you follow me/To a place where we can be free,” prompting even those headed for the door to linger. “Can we stay through the end of this song?” we heard the girl next to us ask her friend. “I feel like we need to be here for this.”

Read the full review here.

Show Recap: Plan B at Bowery Ballroom – January 10

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This Tuesday, NYC was on winter storm watch throughout the night, but that had no apparent effect on Plan B‘s New York debut at Bowery Ballroom. The place was packed and full of energy, with a crowd that was at least half British folks “on holiday.” Before Plan B, the crowd was treated to a beatboxing extravaganza from Faith SFX, complete with layered drum beats broken down, live instrument imitations and sing-a-longs to hip-hop classics, including DMX and Lil Wayne. He riled up the crowd for Plan B, who came out strong with a full backing band: two guitarists, back-up singers – the works.

Plan B played a mixed set including many tracks from his upcoming release The Defamation of Strickland Banks. First his soulful ballads had the crowd swaying, then he got into his more upbeat songs like “Prayin” and the crowd got jumpy; couldn’t get enough. Of course Plan B added a bit of flavor to his set, sprinkling in some classic covers, medleys, and switching to a reggae groove mid-song. Overall Plan B nailed it in our famously snobby city on a bitterly cold night. By the end of the show, there were nothing but warm smiles inside.

LA: Plan B is in the States for one more night, playing at Troubador (LA) with DJ Luke Top (Fools Gold) tonight. Hope you already got tickets, cuz it’s sold out.

More Videos & Streaming Tracks from The Defamation of Strickland Banks

Eliza Doolittle’s “Rollerblades” – iTunes’ Free Single of the Week

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Like Eliza Doolittle‘s single “Rollerblades”? Download the track for free on iTunes this week; find out why she’s featured as the hot new thing. The 22-year-old songstress performed at all major UK festivals this summer and will make her New York City live debut on February 10 at the intimate Lower East Side venue Joe’s Pub.

Purchase the full self-titled EP on iTunes

More Video and Streaming Tracks

Remixes of “Skinny Genes” and “Pack Up”

Win Tickets: Roy Ayers Live at SOBs – January 9

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Leave us a facebook comment to win a pair of free tickets to see *the* Roy Ayers live at SOBs on January 9th, with a DJ set from Manchildblack. We’ll pick a winner by the end of the week…

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Saadi – “Clotheslines” Remixes + MP3

Saadi, the Syria-born rocker turned synth queen, sounds very much like Santigold meets Marina & The Diamonds and has been killing it on the electro-indie pop scene. She just dropped her new single “Clotheslines” with remixes from Lemonade and Douster. Have em for download!

NYC: Saadi will be live tonight at Ella – get more info here

Saadi – Clotheslines [MP3]
 

Saadi – Clotheslines (Lemonade Remix) [MP3]
 

Saadi – Clotheslines (Douster Remix) [MP3]
 

The Clotheslines Remix EP is available on iTunes now from Dither Down Records.