Recap: Giant Step Curated Red Bull Sound Select Show ft. Thundercat, ASTR, & Tondrae Kemp @ LPR – Feb 19

 

Words by DJ Tara

This month’s Red Bull Sound Select, curated by Giant Step, was a journey across not only genres, but regions of the country.

Starting off the night was Tondrae Kemp, who brought some Louisiana funk and blues to the stage. The crowd quickly warmed to his soulful voice, lively band, and songs about love, heartbreak, and everything in between. He gripped the crowd with his version of the Isley Brothers‘ “Footsteps in the Dark (Parts 1&2)” which led nicely into an Ice Cube sing-along of “It Was a Good Day.” Hip hop wasn’t the only unique influence in Kemp’s set: there were hints of reggae and New Orleans Jazz throughout, making for a lively time.

DJ Jon Oliver of I Love Vinyl and East Village Radio kept the crowd buzzing between acts.

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Red Bull Sound Select Presents: ‘New York’ Curated by Giant Step ft. Thundercat, Tondrae Kemp, & Special Guest @ LPR – Feb 19

 

In partnership with Red Bull Sound Select (RBSS), Giant Step is proud to curate the February installment of the awesome New York music series featuring Thundercat, Tondrae Kemp, and a very special guest to be announced! Join us on February 19 at LPR for what’s unquestionably going to be a magical night.

About RBSS
Red Bull Sound Select is an ongoing program that gives love to local music scenes, hardworking bands, and its supporters. It is a long-term music initiative that invests and connects artists and fans with one another to be part of the stories that break music. Every month, a collective of local music curators invite three new artists from each participating city into the program and host a Red Bull Sound Select Presents showcase to introduce them.

Event Details
Red Bull Sound Select Presents: New York Curated by Giant Step ft. Thundercat, Tondrae Kemp, & Special Guest

Wednesday, February 19
7PM

Tickets: $3 with RSVP for arrivals before 9PM / $10 with no RSVP & for arrivals after 9PM
RSVP Now!

Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St
New York, NY

Video: RBMA Presents ‘What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music’ Trailer

 

Always a leader in guiding the conversation about music, Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA), shares with us their trailer for What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music.

The film “explores the challenges that a life in music can bring,” by “go[ing] beyond music, and ask[ing] questions about life itself,” and features interviews from Brian Eno, Erykah Badu, Nile Rodgers, Q-Tip, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Rakim, and others.

Look for it to drop February 18.

Staff Picks of 2013

 

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As 2013 nears its end, we continue our tradition of yearly staff picks summing up our favorite music from the 12 months past. This year is very special as we’ve extended our list makers to include Giant Step fam outside of the staff itself; many thanks to Maiya Norton, Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote), Natasha Diggs, Rich Medina, and DJ Spinna for contributing their takes!

Amongst the most popular favorites were Disclosure‘s Settle, Rhye‘s Woman, James Blake‘s Overgrown, and Hiatus Kaiyote‘s Tawk Tomahawk. Dig into the complete lists and let us know your faves as well!

Giant Step Staff Picks of 2013