During the big “boy band” craze of the late ‘90s, early ‘00s, LFO stood out. Their hip-hop style and inventive, fast wordplay gave them memorable hit singles in a crowded, competitive field. Perhaps the biggest reason for their success was lead singer Rich Cronin, who partially wrote and produced much of the group’s music. Their biggest hit was “Summer Girls”, a nostalgic nod to a summer romance, punctuated with Cronin’s memories of early ‘90s pop culture. Where else are you going to find a song that mentions Abercrombie & Fitch, Fun Dip, Michael J. Fox, and New Edition, amongst other things? In 1999, it was virtually impossible to find someone under the age of 30 who couldn’t recite the chorus of “New Kids on the Block had a bunch of hits, Chinese food makes me sick…,”.
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The highly histrionic band Dresden Dolls have announced their reunion, which is to be followed by a Fall round of tour dates—beginning on Halloween in NYC. The Dolls released a short, and typically extraordinary, video as well. Aside from the costumes and drama, the video curiously resembles the script from another Boston band’s reunion video. Aerosmith proclaimed its 2010 reunion and tour quite similarly.
After traversing the globe for the first half of 2010—including Croatia, Ireland, and Jamaica—Grammy Award-winning humanitarian Maya Azucena is finishing up her third studio effort Cry Love, slated for release in early 2011. She recently previewed a selection of songs from her forthcoming album for a sold-out audience at the Blue Note in NYC.
Maya Azucena’s next appearance will be a special acoustic set on 11 September at Joe’s Pub In New York City. The performance will be streamed live and broadcast on PeaceDay TV as a special Preview Show for the 2010 PeaceDay Global Broadcast, which begins 17 September and runs through 21 September, the official International Day of Peace.
Azucena will also share the stage with L.A.-based pop-soul duo, JohnnySwim. The Joe’s Pub show marks the official release of 5-8, JohnnySwim’s new EP. Stay tuned for a Now Hear This! feature about JohnnySwim on PopMatters in the next couple of months.
Please visit www.mayaazucena.com for updates on Cry Love.
Three Mile Pilot hasn’t put out a full-length release since 1997’s Another Desert, Another Sea, a long gap that wasn’t exactly planned. The group planned to soldier on, but Zach Smith got busy with Pinback, while Pall Jenkins and Tobias Nathaniel formed the Black Heart Procession. Both of those bands have done nicely for themselves, so Three Mile Pilot was on the back burner for a solid decade-plus. In a little over two weeks, Three Mile Pilot are finally releasing their long-awaited follow-up to Another Desert, Another Sea. The Inevitable Past Is the Future Forgotten drops on 28 September via Temporary Residence and today we are proud to present the premiere of the perfectly-titled “Still Alive” from the new album.
Washington DC-based Rhythm & Culture Music released an intriguing album this week blending electronic music and world beats with something of the same sensibility as the superb Balkan Beats sets emanating out of Berlin. The Sound of Rhythm & Culture is a 14-track releasing featuring local CD music with a multicultural bent. Label founder, Farid Nouri, says “each track focuses on a particular sub-amalgamation of cultures, while holding true to Rhythm & Culture’s goal: producing music that can be played through the speakers of a club, or enjoyed in various other settings.” We have the pleasure today of presenting the online premiere of “Havana 2am” by Thomas Blondet, a veteran DJ since the ‘90s with a regular Sunday night residency at DC’s Eighteenth Street Lounge.