Lowdown From Rakim Before The Roots Picnic

Rakim is one of the most influential rappers of all time. Along with Eric B, he released four classic albums, including 1987′s landmark record Paid in Full. This weekend in Philadelphia, he will be performing it in full along with The Roots at The Fifth Annual Roots Picnic. I had the chance to interview him and here is what went down. TSI: What does it feel like to be performing Paid in Full to a new generation of fans?...

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Album Review: Roger Seller ‘Moments’

  Album Review:  Roger Sellers Moments It is very rare that an album comes along that successfully meshes folk/pop acoustics with electronic savvy.  In an electronic music climate dominated by volume and huge bass drops, it’s nice to see an artist that understands how to blend inventive electronic music-making abilities with standard instruments that everyone’s heard almost daily.  Think Sufjan Stevens without the 25 minute epics...

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Hear Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s Recording of “God Save the Queen”

Neil Young and Crazy Horse are working together again for the first time in a long time, and they’re already planned to release two albums within the year. One of those album, simply title Americana, is a series of covers of folk standards. The two rock stalwarts have released a preview of this album, a video for their recording of British National anthem “God Save the Queen,” which was included on the record for...

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Watch Josh Homme’s Informercial For Scissor Sisters

Josh Homme created an infomercial for the Scissor Sisters upcoming release Magic Hour, which is due out next week. The video is less than three minutes and incredibly hilarious. Magic Hour is available for 3.5 easy payments of $19.99.9  

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The National’s Matt Berninger Narrates an Online Children’s Book

As is probably no surprise to followers of the band, many members of The National are fathers. Aaron Dessner recently had a child with his longtime girlfriend, an aspect of his life that he joked about on the band’s last tour by introducing the song “Think You Can Wait,” as a plea to his then nine-months-pregnant spouse to put off having their baby until all of the band’s shows were done. Also, a fairly recent...

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Album Review: Hot Water Music – Exister

Artist: Hot Water Music Album: Exister Release: May 15 2012 Review By: Micah Binns I don’t find this ironic that I sit here writing a review about the latest release from Hot Water Music while listening to the old stuff… after all my relationship with HWM has been a long one. I’ve been through good times (a lot of them) with my dear Richmond friends, hell I even told the DJ at my wedding Hot Water Music was mandatory in our playlist....

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