Bibi Tanga & The Selenites closing out their set with “My Heart Is Jumping” off of 40° Of Sunshine - going for spins at radio now!

Bibi Tanga & The Selenites closing out their set with “My Heart Is Jumping” off of 40° Of Sunshine - going for spins at radio now!

Going for ADDS on 4.17

Brownout - Oozy (Nat Geo)

Gloom Prophet - Let The Prophet Speak: A Grand Duchy Remix Album (Sonic Unyon)

Gemma Ray - Island Fire (Bronze Rat)

Jef Stott - Arcana (Six Degrees)


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Going for ADDS on 2.7: Balkan Beat Box - ‘Give’ (Nat Geo)

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The socially conscious, multicultural trio Balkan Beat Box has announced they’ll return with a new full-length album entitled Give, to be released Tuesday, March 6 on Nat Geo Music. It marks the critically acclaimed group’s first release in nearly two years. Give is their most musically intense and lyrically conscious album yet. It’s a reflection of how life has evolved for each member personally and takes an honest and sobering look at current international issues while offering hope in a Mediterranean-inflected, globalized electronica sound, as only Balkan Beat Box can do.

Having earned a worldwide reputation as an explosive, unique and outspoken group, Give further sets Balkan Beat Box apart from others. Inspired by last year’s people’s protest movements across the globe–from the Arab Spring, to Occupy Wall St., to Israel’s own massive social protests–Give captures the cautious hope and heated spirit of our time. “It was kind of a crazy vibe in the studio sometimes,” drummer/ percussionist/programmer Tamir Muskat laughs. “I think it gave things a hopeful vibe…it reminds us that we’re fighting for something, not just against everything.”

That hopefulness emerges most fully on “Part of The Glory,” a meditation on the role of social media and YouTube, which horn player Ori Kaplan describes as “how we all have something unique in us; how we have these glorious talents that we display on YouTube. But how in spite of that we live with this shadow society of migrant workers and ‘illegal aliens’ who run the engines of our world, and how we choose to ignore them in real life.”

Other highlights from Give include the previously released “Political F*ck,” of which Rolling Stone South Africa wrote: “The explosive New York-based trio are at their provocative and edgy best again, with their mashup of all things exotic, eclectic and politically sensitive.” (12/6/11) Tracks “Money” and “Minimal” address the fiscal inequality affecting millions around the world while “Enemy in Economy” recounts the true story of frontman Tomer Yosef’s detention by TSA authorities after being mistaken for a terrorist on an Alaska Airlines flight.

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Going for ADDS on 10.18: The R’s - ‘De Fauna Et Flora’ (Nat Geo)

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The R’s (formerly The Record’s) formed in the summer of 2002 in Brescia, Italy. They are Pierluigi Ballarin (Vocals, Guitar), Gaetano Polignano (drums), and Pietro Palettie (bass, vocals). Early on the band released a series of self-produced recordings that helped build a cult following. In 2007 they won a music contest sponsored by Italy’s most widely read newspaper and released their first official EP, Joyful Celebration. The Record contained the single “Move Your Little Fingers,” picked up by the most prominent national radio stations.

In 2008 The R’s released the album Money’s On Fire with the collaboration of venerated musician/producer Giovanni Ferrario (P.J. Harvey). With one of the tracks from the album featured on a major national advertising campaign and prominent exposure on MTV Italy, the band began reaching a wide audience. By the end of the year they were on best-of lists of the most important newspapers and music publications in Italy.

The R’s sound is an encapsulation of time. Their music crosses genres and eras with hints of the early days for rock – from the 1950’s to garage rock, alongside indie pop and psychedelic folk.

In 2011 The R’s signed with Nat Geo Music, the record label of the National Geographic Society that specializes in contemporary international music. They are prepared to make their U.S. debut with the release of their latest album, De Flora Et Fauna.

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Going for ADDS on 10.11: The R’s - ‘De Fauna Et Flora’ (Nat Geo)

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The R’s (formerly The Record’s) formed in the summer of 2002 in Brescia, Italy. They are Pierluigi Ballarin (Vocals, Guitar), Gaetano Polignano (drums), and Pietro Palettie (bass, vocals). Early on the band released a series of self-produced recordings that helped build a cult following. In 2007 they won a music contest sponsored by Italy’s most widely read newspaper and released their first official EP, Joyful Celebration. The Record contained the single “Move Your Little Fingers,” picked up by the most prominent national radio stations.

In 2008 The R’s released the album Money’s On Fire with the collaboration of venerated musician/producer Giovanni Ferrario (P.J. Harvey). With one of the tracks from the album featured on a major national advertising campaign and prominent exposure on MTV Italy, the band began reaching a wide audience. By the end of the year they were on best-of lists of the most important newspapers and music publications in Italy.

The R’s sound is an encapsulation of time. Their music crosses genres and eras with hints of the early days for rock – from the 1950’s to garage rock, alongside indie pop and psychedelic folk.

In 2011 The R’s signed with Nat Geo Music, the record label of the National Geographic Society that specializes in contemporary international music. They are prepared to make their U.S. debut with the release of their latest album, De Flora Et Fauna.

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Rene Lopez is live on WNYC’s Soundcheck right now!  Tune in at WNYC.org!

Going for ADDS on 8.30: Rene Lopez - ‘E.L.S.’ (Nat Geo)

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“A Latin soul charmer” – Washington Post

“Influenced by old-school masters like Wilson Pickett, Shuggie Otis, and the Exciters, Rene encompasses the very soul of soul.” – New York Post

Rene Lopez will release his new full-length, E.L.S., this July on Nat Geo Music. The album’s title refers to a style Lopez has been developing over the past few years, a now-signature sound he calls “Electric Latin Soul.” The sound is a celebration of Rene’s dual identity as both a native New Yorker and a second generation Puerto Rican American, and mixes Latin soul and Boogaloo with rock, hip-hop and R&B, featuring a seductive blend of hypnotic rhythms and Rene’s undeniably soulful voice. E.L.S. features co-producers Mario Caldato Jr., a.k.a. Mario C (Beastie Boys, Jack Johnson, Bebel Gilberto) and Jason Lader (Julian Casablancas, Jenny Lewis), as well as special guests Joey Altruda, and Money Mark (John Butler Trio).

The son of Latin trumpet player René López, a founding member of the seminal Latin group Tipica 73, Rene Jr. grew up surrounded by both Latin music and urban pop. He spent his youth divided between salsa clubs where his father was performing, and the rock, r&b and hip hop music he and his peers enjoyed. His own musical career began playing drums, but it was his discovery of Prince that led him to pick up a wider range of instruments, and to step up to the microphone to sing. Starting in college, Rene was the lead singer and songwriter for The Authority, a cult favorite in the early 90’s New York rock scene.

Eventually Rene began synthesizing his influences, combining rock and hip-hop with Boogaloo – a distinctly Nuyorcian sound that is rooted in mambo, soul, and R&B. E.L.S. is the natural result: A nod to Rene’s Latin roots, with an eye on modern electronic music and good ol’ rock-and-roll.

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GRUPO FANTASMA CELEBRATES FIRST GRAMMY WIN FOR EL EXISTENTIAL

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Acclaimed Austin-based Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma receives their first Grammy Award. Garnering “Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album” for their latest album, El Existential, the band’s guitarist, Adrian Quesada says, “Considering the DIY and homegrown effort we’ve built over the last decade, including the immense undertaking and process of producing this album all by ourselves, it feels unbelievable to finally go home as winners. And with so many genres combined into this one category with such fierce competition, it’s even more of an honor and statement of our hard work over the last ten years.”

Released on Nat Geo Music, El Existential is being praised by critics including the Huffington Post who declared it “a sound done so right that you have to hand the crown to this group,” while Billboard states that by “tightly weaving Anglo, Afro and Latin musical genres, El Existential takes on an identity of its own.” Though this is Grupo Fantasma’s first Grammy, this was their second nomination, which they celebrated with a short tour of the Southwest.

Grupo Fantasma are widely known for their energetic live shows, which NPR declares “seamless…whenever and wherever they’re on stage.” The 10-piece orchestra has received praise from The Wall Street JournalLa Opinion, and by USA Today, calling the band “Latin-funk masters.”

Brought together by Austin’s bustling music scene, Grupo Fantasma formed in 2000 and is comprised of musicians with Latin American and Texan backgrounds. Praised as one of the most important independent acts in the Latin genre, the band draws from influences including cumbia, salsa, old-school funk, reggae and more.

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