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by PopMatters Staff

13 Apr 2011


Diego Garcia, the former frontman of Elefant, releases his solo debut this week via Nacional Records. Laura is already doing well at radio, with perennial trendsetting KCRW playing tracks often and the artist has also snagged an upcoming Starbucks “Pick of the Week”, which should substantially raise his profile as folks pick up those little download cards while waiting in line for their lattes. The album was inspired by a break-up, always good for inspiring songwriting. “I made the record to survive,” Garcia says. “I had to heal my heart. In other words, I had to get my girl back. It was time to write a record that only my story could tell. Artists like Sandro, Roberto Carlos and Julio Iglesias were early pioneers in what I like to refer to as a movement of romanticism in music. It only made sense for me to pick up where they left off.”

by PopMatters Staff

13 Apr 2011


Photo: Shervin Lainez

Brian Suarez, aka Allies, blends synth-pop and über dancy electro in a masterful way that produces instantly memorable tunes. Allies’ EP was released just this past March via iTunes and Suarez also dropped a mixtape last month featuring the likes of Florence and the Machine and Röyksopp. “Oceans” is a catchy synth tune that will appeal to fans of OMD and Underworld, while the Thade remix we premiere today strips the song down more to its essentials, converting into something more like blippy, glitch electro-pop.

by Eric Allen Been

13 Apr 2011


Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (OFWGKTA) just announced on their Tumblr page a string of new tour dates, which finds the Los Angeles-based hip-hop collective making their debut in several eastern U.S. cities and also heading to Canada for the first time. The tour kicks off on May 12 in Boston, which will be just two days after the crew’s mastermind, Tyler, the Creator, releases his highly anticipated sophomore effort Goblin.

The issued flyer for the shows initially listed their Philadelphia concert as taking place on May 14th, but a subsequent update stated that it goes down on May 20th. 

The new tour dates are listed below. 

5/12 Boston, MA - Paradise
5/13 New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
5/15 Toronto, ON - Mod Club
5/16 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
5/18 Washington, DC - Rocknroll Hotel
5/19 Baltimore, MD - Sonar
5/20 Philadelphia, PA - 1st Unitarian Church

by Thomas Britt

12 Apr 2011


Photo: Matthew Scott

Anticon’s 2011 release slate is quickening, with several albums on the way, including Son Lux’s We Are Rising on April 26 and 13 & God’s Own Your Ghost on May 17. These releases join early 2011 titles from Beans (the heavy hitting End it All) and Antonionian (Antonionian, the solo debut of Jordan Dalrymple).

The label offers a couple of videos in support of the new releases. The first takes us behind the scenes of the innovative artwork-making process for We Are Rising:

by Cynthia Fuchs

12 Apr 2011


Tamra Davis’ thoughtful documentary about Jean-Michel Basquiat premieres as part of Independent Lens on Tuesday, 12 April. At first, the film retells some familiar stories: Basquiat was a genius, ahead of his time and also “too fragile for this world,” as Madonna once described him. He loved women or misread them. He challenged or was foiled by the art world’s corrosive elitism, he was intuitive and authentic, or he fell victim to the monster called celebrity. He died too young, at 27, of a heroin overdose, alone, undone by his father’s disapproval or Andy Warhol’s death, or maybe his endless frustrations with racism. But it also offers less familiar insights. Built on a 1986 interview Davis conducted with her friend Basquiat, it shows him as funny, shy, and frank. Other interviewees—including Fab 5 Freddy and Julian Schnabel—knew or didn’t know him, appreciated his work or know something about his life choices. Some speakers point out what’s both most obvious and least discussed concerning Basquiat’s perennial alienation. Nelson George says, “The guy obviously spent a lot of time thinking and angry about what his place in the world was and the place of black people and black men in the world. It’s all in all his work, over and over again.”

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