Rave Reviews For Our New Years Dance Party Artist: Kid Sister

Got your New Years plans lined up yet?  It’s already less than a month away!

We suggest that you grab your tickets to the hottest party in town now, because they won’t last long.  On the eve of 2010, we’ll be presenting TEN, the all-night dance party featuring an artist creating major buzz on the hip hop/club scene:  Kid Sister.   We’ll be releasing more exciting details soon (including MCs, DJs, and prizes), but for now, check out the music world’s warm reception to this talented, rising star and her new album, Ultraviolet.

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“The dance-pop album of the year.” – CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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Hip Hop: A Vehicle for Positive Change (plus ticket giveaway!)

We recently posted an editorial criticizing the negative cultural effects of gangsta rap’s bravado and glamorization of thug life (“The Game’s Game Is Lame”).  There are, however, always two sides of the coin.  With that in mind, we wanted to draw some attention to the ways rap and hip hop are acting as a positive force in society.  Additionally, we’re giving reader a chance to win tickets to see a high-quality hip hop performance from Del The Funky Homosapien!

Read on for just a few of how hip hop is making the world a better place…

Media Roundup: New Tunes for the Weekend!

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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There are several fantastic new posts over at the I Am Fuel, You Are Friends blog including an interview with Blitzen Trapper, new music from Conor Oberst and a live set from Blind Pilot, who will be in Madison June 16th.

Blind Pilot

Blind Pilot

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Hunter S. Thompson once said “The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.”  Is there ever.  Read more about “Crime and Corruption in the Music Business.”

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Media Roundup: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes In The Music Biz

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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Following the successful side projects of many of the band’s members, The Strokes announced that they have finally begun work on their long-awaited fourth album.

The Strokes

The Strokes

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The Duke Spirit, who have played to Madison fans at several shows over the last year, announced plans to release their next album in an exclusive deal with Target stores. Along with the album’s release will come a clothing line inspired by the band’s frontwoman, Liela Moss.

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Stereogum is streaming Animal Collective‘s 1/20/09 show at the Bowery Ballroom.  Click here to check it out!

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YouTube has begun using “overlay links” allowing users to purchase songs while viewing videos.  Have you tried out this new feature?  Do you like it, or is this kind of advertising too invasive?

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Death Cab For Cutie revealed their latest tour dates!

Death Cab For Cutie

Death Cab For Cutie

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Introducing The Artist Formerly Known As Kanye West!  In strange-yet-true news, the hip hop megastar picks a new moniker for himself.

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True Endeavors artist Michael Franti recently completed a game of 20 questions for PopMatters.com.

Michael Franti

Michael Franti

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For all you musicians out there:  How do you know if it’s time to find yourself a booking agent?  Click here for some advice from HypeBot.

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Pitchfork reports that PJ Harvey recently completed the musical score for a new production of Hedda Gabler, a play starring Mary Louise Parker.

PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey

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Slash can’t party in his rock star lair.  Lawsuit ensues while the rest of the world deals with real problems.

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Read exerpts from Rebels Wit Attitude: Subersive Rock Humorists, as author Iain Ellis details the role of humor in musical rebellion.

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Peter, Bjorn and John announced new North American tour dates!

Peter, Bjorn and John

Peter, Bjorn and John

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Check out TV On The Radio‘s cover of David Bowie‘s “Heroes,” from the upcoming War Child charity album, also featuring Lily Allen, Peaches, Hot Chip, Elbow and many more!

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Media Roundup: A Cup of Lists, A Pinch of Controversy, and A Handful of Tasty MP3s

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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MTV may not be as cutting edge as it once was, but its website is currently in the middle of an advertising controversy.

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Pete Doherty lets fans in on some of the details of his forthcoming solo album, featuring guitar work from Blur’s Graham Coxon.

Pete Doherty

Pete Doherty

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Be sure to catch Fleet Foxes on Saturday Night Live this week.

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Your bootleg this week comes courtesey of the Aquarium Drunkard blog.  Check out a great Guided By Voices’ 1995 show.

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Ben Taylor will play the High Noon Saloon on February 8th.  Blog readers looking for a handful of mp3s to sample before he hits town should head over here to have a listen.

Ben Taylor

Ben Taylor

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NPR celebrated 50 years of Motown Records with a discussion with Detroit critic and author, Gary Graff.  Click here to listen.

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Reflections on the great year in music that was 2008 keep pouring in.  Check out this local fan’s impressions here.

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Rolling Stone has rounded up the favorites of your favorites! See what musicians like Ezra Koenig, Noel Gallagher, Gregg Gillis, and Santogold liked in 2008.

Santogold

Santogold

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Hip-hop fans will want to check out NPR’s list of the best “mixtapes” of 2008.

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It’s hardly news anymore:  Kanye West overreacts.  This time it’s over grey hair.  Seriously.

Kanye West

Kanye West

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Billy Zantzinger, the villian inspiration for Bob Dylan’s “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll” passed away on January 3rd.  Here is Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Robert Levon Been performing the moving song in a session for Minnesota Public Radio.

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