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Hip Hop

Grimace Federation Opening for Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman at Union Transfer June 11

Sometimes, the best option is to fall into a deep, funky, psych groove, and see where it leads you. With that approach, Union Transfer could be the destination this evening as Grimace Federation provide streamlined, spatial, scanning sonics that extend in a whimsical fashion, lifting the standard stressors, while dropping you in the trenches of those dance-inducing patterns. Tonight, the ever-evolving post-rock outfit will be armed with dual drummers, once again, and they'll be helping to set the table for Aesop Rock, who has collaborated with the gang in the past, like remixing “Strange Hours” and “Steamboat” for the band's latest release, The Measure in the Mix (Rhymesayers). Collaboration is the link that binds the artists this evening, which also features Brooklyn-based emcee Homeboy Sandman, whose eclectic jazz/soul-inflected new album, Kindness for Weakness, was released last month. And with Rob Sonic and DJ Zone in the fold, an old-school, Hail Mary Mallon sound may slip into action. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 8:30 pm, All Ages - Michael Colavita

New Music Video: "War" - Tunji Ige

Tunji Ige premiered a new music video over at NPR's First Watch for the seductive, pulsating single "War," found on his latest EP Mission Calls. Directed by longtime collaborator and visual artist Glass Face, a.k.a. Josh Goldenberg, the video becomes an extension of the album's cover art, which "was inspired by Magritte & other surrealist artists." It's easy to get lost in the dreamy landscapes that were shot in Los Angeles. 


Yea Big & Kid Static

Earlier this Spring Yea Big & Kid Static returned to the studio after a 7 year hiatus to produce Quilt No. 2. This is the duo's first release since 2009's The Future's Looking Grim. The album highlights creative beat making, aggressive sampling, and lyrics laced with struggle tinged with optimism.

Bronx rapper Chazmere releases cinematic video for “Ten” featuring ScienZe

Chazmere is a producer, teacher, and master MC.  This isn’t entirely surprising for someone affiliated with Talib Kweli’s Colours of Culture Collective.  Raised in the Bronx, he reflects the roots of Hip Hop.  The cameos in the music video are all artists that Chaz knows from the electric experience of the New York Hustle.  He’s about artistry and integrity, and his frustration with the commercial status quo is reflected in his rhymes: “I wonder how many licks does it take til the slave murder the master? I’m drowning in passion, hittin’ that glass ceiling but can’t get it crackin.”  His eponymous debut album is due out June 10 - proof that Chazmere is on ten all the time. - BrokeMC


Let time fly with BCxLD

 The pairing of a good producer and a great emcee is like that of a strong celebrity couple -- only sheer magic can come of it. That's why My, How Time Flies, a music project from emcee Lucas Dix (of Jellyfish Brigade) and producer Brass Clouds, should be well received.

Making music together as BCxLD, the two have got chill hip hop mastered. With the second installment, My, How Time Flies II, just dropping in May, the duo lay out slickly delivered rhymes over concrete beats, resulting in what's almost like the Pacific Northwest version of Atmosphere. Many tracks call for a contemplative reaction, while others just straigh make you want to bob your head to the beat.

My, How Time Flies I and II can be streamed on the duo's Bandcamp page and for updates on when the next in the series is coming out, like them on Facebook.


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