At this past weekend’s Glastonbury Festival, Colombian pop sensation Shakira revealed that she too was a fan of the much revered indie wunderkinds the xx. She then launched into a cover of “Islands”, a highlight from the band’s self-titled 2009 debut. Although less intimate than the original, Shakira has managed to amplify the tremendous pop sensibilities embedded beneath Romy Madley Croft’s and Oliver Sim’s hushed coos. And, as great as the xx are, it’s probably safe to say that Shakira can cut a rug better.
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The first video from Pernice Brothers’ latest release, Goodbye, Killer, “Jacqueline Susann” offers no great visual appeal, but the song is the real star of the video anyway—the kind of perfect little pop song the Pernice Brothers do so well.
After what seems like years of push-backs and delays, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty—the first stand-alone solo album from Outkast rapper Big Boi—is set to hit the record stores and legal-download sites on July 6.
But that doesn’t mean you have to wait until next week to hear the T.I., Gucci Mane and George Clinton-featuring album. You can spend your July 4th weekend listening to tracks like “Shutterbug” and “Shine Blockas” by making your way to Big Boi’s MySpace where Sir Lucious Left Foot is now streaming in its entirety.
On the other hand, the 15-track album contains over an hour of irresistibly futuristic-funk, so make sure you’ve got that laptop charged up and plenty of credits free on your data plan before you give in to the understandable urge to blast it through your car’s speakers.
To say Lauryn Hill kept a low profile in the previous decade is one of the biggest understatements in rock. As years have gone by since her iconic The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Hill’s mystique just grows larger. During a segment on NPR’s All Things Considered, reporter Zoe Chase discusses the impact of Hill’s 1998 classic as well as the weird rumors that have risen about the singer’s behavior (not allowing people to look her in the eye when they’re speaking with her?). However, this routine profile takes a huge left-field turn when Chase is invited to ride along with Lauryn Hill.