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by PopMatters Staff

4 Oct 2011


New Zealand’s Sola Rosa (otherwise known as Andrew Spraggon in real life) has six albums under his belt and has built a big name for himself in Kiwi circles for his brand of downbeat electronic music. Sola Rosa’s latest album is Get It Together, which you can stream in full over on solarosa.com or below the jump right here. He’s a genre bender of the sort we love here at PopMatters, traversing soul, jazz, hip-hop and Latin, while underpinning that blend with super funky, electro beats.

Unlike Spraggon’s earlier work as Sola Rosa, he has now built out the act into a performance based ensemble with a full band for live dates. That new approach is evident on Get It Together, which includes musical help from previous Sola Rosa collaborators Matt Short (bass), Ben White (guitar), and Will Scott (drums), as well as appearances by vocalists Spikey Tee (best known for his work with Jah Wobble, Mr Scruff, and Bomb The Bass), UK MC Serocee, German-based poet and singer Bajka, and Wellington songstress Iva Lamkum. The album has already hit #1 on iTunes in New Zealand as well as staying lodged high on the Independent New Zealand Music Album Chart for four months.

by Russ Slater

4 Oct 2011


Is Vincent Moon one of the busiest directors in the music industry right now? What’s certain is that he’s one of the most unique. After recent work on DVDs for Arcade Fire and R.E.M., and alongside his normal work on Le Blogotheque’s Take Away Shows, as well as his nomadic existence travelling around the world for his Petites Planetes project, he has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new ATP film project.

ATP (or All Tomorrow’s Parties) is one of the most unique festivals in the UK, set in a holiday camp with weekends of music curated by people such as Sonic Youth, Mogwai, Vincent Gallo, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse and Matt Groening in the past. Vincent has been a regular at the festival, filming lots of fan’s eye view footage of proceedings.

by Sachyn Mital

3 Oct 2011


WIN A PAIR OF TIX TO SEE MOTOPONY AND VIVA BROTHER LIVE!

PopMatters recently had the opportunity to speak with Daniel Blue of the band Motopony as well as to experience the band at a live performance in New York City. Now we’d like to help you experience them live by sharing the details of the band’s Twitter contest for tickets to all the cities on their tour in October.

How to Enter:
You will need a Twitter account. If you don’t have one, sign up for free at http://www.twitter.com.

Make sure you are following @Motopony to receive their updates and following @PopMatters. Just click ‘follow’ on Motopony’s Twitter page here and at PopMatters Twitter page here.

Check out the tour dates below, pick your date, and send the tweet below. Let us know which show you’d like to attend by including your city after the #hashtag.

Tweet This: (Copy and paste but be sure to change the city)
Win free tix to see @Motopony with @VivaBrother live! Details here: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/post/149122-contest-win-a-pair-of-tix-to-see-motopony-live #seeyouin(city)

October
13 - The Legendary Horseshoe - Toronto, ON BUY TIX *
14 - Le Petit Campus - Montreal, PQ BUY TIX
16 - Johnny Brenda’s - Philadelphia, PA BUY TIX * 21+
17 - The Middle East Downstairs - Cambridge, MA BUY TIX * 21+
18 - The Met - Pawtucket, RI BUY TIX *
19 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY BUY TIX * 19+
21 - The Rock and Roll Hotel - Washington, DC BUY TIX (Motopony headlining show w/ opener Bike Trip )
22 - Club at Water Street - Rochester, NY BUY TIX
24 - The Basement Columbus, OH BUY TIX
25 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL BUY TIX
26 - Triple Rock - Minneapolis, MN BUY TIX
Note: All shows are 18+ unless noted otherwise.

Download Motopony’s self-titled debut album from iTunes here and stay up-to-date with the band motoponymusic.com.. Also get Viva Brother’s latest album on iTunes now and find more info at http://acidlove.net.

You may only enter once! Winners will be notified within 48 hours of the tour date. By entering you are agreeing to these official contest rules:


ELIGIBILITY:
Contest is open to residents of the US 18 and older. Contestants must follow @PopMatters and @Motopony on Twitter to be eligible to win.


HOW TO ENTER:
Detailed instructions on how to enter are located at motoponymusic.com. Winners will be selected randomly and notified via DM from @Motopony on Twitter. Winners will have 24 hours to respond and confirm, after which an alternate winner will be selected. Please note age restrictions before entering the contest.


PRIZES:
The winner will receive 2 tickets to the Motopony/Viva Brother show indicated in his/her contest entry tweet. Prize will be picked up at will call at the venue the night of the show under the winner’s name. Please bring a valid form of ID when picking up tickets.

by Sachyn Mital

3 Oct 2011


Contest is now closed! Please be sure to check pick up the Ocean’s Kingdom score on compact disc or vinyl!

A couple of weeks back we shared with you a discussion between Sir Paul McCartney and New York City Ballet’s Master in Chief Peter Martins about their new collaboration, Ocean’s Kingdom. With the album coming out tomorrow, October 4th, here in the US, (available at Amazon and other fine retailers) we wanted to make sure this album made a splash on your radar. To help spread the word, we’ve got THREE (3) copies to give away to (3) lucky PopMatters readers! But before we tell you how to enter, we’ll first tell you more about the album and be sure to check out www.paulmccartney.com.

From the Press Release:
An hour long score featuring four stunning movements—“Ocean’s Kingdom”, “Hall of Dance”, “Imprisonment” and “Moonrise”—the ballet tells of a love story within the story of an underwater world whose people are threatened by the humans of Earth. A potently expressive and richly varied work, the score is Paul’s most challenging and emotionally complex yet. As he explains: “What was interesting was writing music that meant something expressively rather than just writing a song.  Trying to write something that expressed an emotion—so you have fear, love, anger, sadness to play with and I found that exciting and challenging”.

by PopMatters Staff

30 Sep 2011


Rex Riddem and Mustafa Akbar are the duo at the heart of performance wunderkinds Nappy Riddem. They seamlessly blend hip-hop, soul, Afrobeat, funk and reggae into a cohesive whole aimed at packed dancefloors. Next week their debut album One World Sovereignty releases via Fort Knox Recordings, the Washington DC renegade funk ‘n’ soul label. It’s a perfect home for genre-mashers like Nappy Riddem, who joyfully respect no boundaries, instead drawing from virtually every genre of the African Diaspora. To celebrate the new album, Nappy Riddem has graciously given us a truly bangin’ mixtape with their funked of versions of classic tunes by Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Zap Mama, Kanye West, and more, as well as their own song “Angle It”. It’s a perfect collection of warm sounds that’ll heat up our rapidly cooling autumn days. The full tracklist after the jump, while you can now pre-order One World Sovereignty.

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