Hip Hop

Ozomatli – Place In The Sun (2014)

Ozomatli – Place In The Sun (2014)

I can say without reservation that the Los Angeles-based Ozomatli puts on the best live show I’ve ever experienced. The term “show” doesn’t do the band’s live gigs justice since the audience can’t help but be caught up in the “Ozobeat.” There’s no passive involvement in an Ozomatli concert.

Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana – Mehliana: Taming the Dragon (2014)

Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana – Mehliana: Taming the Dragon (2014)

Forget everything you know about Brad Mehldau, who rose to fame via contemplative classical-leaning reimagingings of pop songs at an acoustic piano. This isn’t that. It isn’t even jazz

Beyonce – Beyonce (2013)

Beyonce – Beyonce (2013)

Beyoncé’s eponymous fifth album took many by surprise with its release on December 13 via iTunes without any hype or promotion, but perhaps what’s most surprising – and exhilarating – about this release is the actual music

Jaimeo Brown – Transcendence (2013)

Jaimeo Brown’s work on the forthcoming Transcendence reflects the stirring continuity of traditions, as Deep South gospel is melded with blues is melded with jazz is melded with rock is melded with hip hop is melded with electronica.

‘The major rip-off of all time’: The Police’s Andy Summers is still fuming over Puff Daddy sample

‘The major rip-off of all time’: The Police’s Andy Summers is still fuming over Puff Daddy sample

Imagine guitarist Andy Summers’ surprise when he heard his iconic riff from the Police’s “Every Breath You Take” for the first time as part of a Puff Daddy song — on his kid’s radio.

The Friday Morning Listen: The Roots – The Roots Come Alive (1999)

Ah, the year’s end approaches and I’m sitting here thinking about coming up with some cohesive statement about the 365 days gone by. Or rather, I’m actually at a remove…thinking about the person in his chair who’s struggling to figure out what goes in box. The truth is, that person is very, very tired. By the events of the year?Read More

Something Else! salutes 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Rush, Heart, Randy Newman

The 2013 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been finalized, and Rush, Public Enemy and Heart are among the new members.

‘It’s a strange thing’: Greg Lake is still not over Kanye West’s sample of ’21st Century Schizoid Man’

‘It’s a strange thing’: Greg Lake is still not over Kanye West’s sample of ’21st Century Schizoid Man’

Greg Lake marvels at how current “21st Century Schizoid Man,” recorded during his co-founding stint with King Crimson in 1969, continues to sound some four decades later. So much so, in fact, that it was sampled by Kanye West.

Desert Island Discs: 1980s R&B and Hip Hop Edition

Desert Island Discs: 1980s R&B and Hip Hop Edition

We’ve finally answered an age-old question from the decade, as our intrepid panel of shipwrecked music lovers definitively chose Prince over Michael Jackson — not to mention Stevie Wonder, Public Enemy, Rick James and Run-DMC

Various Artists – Chasing the Sun: The Greatest Songs of Summer (2007)

A friend of mine has informed me that the technical, WeatherChannel description for the kind of weather we’re having right now is “ball-sweating hot.” Funny, I’ve never heard that phrase used during one of those “On The 8′s” broadcasts.