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New Coldplay – “Violet Hill” April 30, 2008

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I’m petty curious about this album… and its relationship to the French Revolution. (more…)

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Connect 4 faceoff: Kanye vs. Jonah Hill April 25, 2008

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Jonah Hill is getting a lot hipper these days, what with the Mikey Rocks stamp of approval and all. Here, infamous connect 4 fiend, Kanye West challenges to the Superbad star to a showdown. As you might expect, Seth plays dirty.

Urging for some Evil April 25, 2008

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Ok, so we’ve woefully under-posted about My Morning Jacket’s new LP, Evil Urges which may well turn out to be one of the better albums to come out this year. We’ve been stoked since their set at SXSW. The album leaked like 2 days ago and we’re still chewing on it. You should too. Here’s the title track My Morning Jacket – “Evil Urges” and a breakdown with Jim James to get you started.

Ride to The Pharcyde April 24, 2008

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Fader has a pretty in depth Q&A with the infamously elusive, legendary California hip-hop crew, The Pharcyde. As previously mentioned, the foursome are scheduled to reunite at Rock the Bells, but they apparently haven’t been in the same room together for over a decade. Stimulate your brain cells here.

Nikki Jean is cooler than you April 23, 2008

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OK, so we first fell in love with R&B and alternative artist/Nouveau Riche frontwoman, Nikki Jean at the Lupe Fiasco show back in January. That’s when we found out she has a pretty well read and maintained video diary about all her adventures touring to support The Cool and with her band, and at SXSW w/ N.E.R.D. etc. Now 2dope‘s brought her back into our lives with the above video featuring none other than Mikey Rocks of The Cool Kids. The two chat about a failed encounter w/ Jay-Z and their love for Jonah Hill of Superbad fame. Definitely a cool little convo.

We shall meet again, Ms. Jean.

Fool’s Gold tour diary April 23, 2008

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Fader has a ton of photos and footage from the last leg of A-Trak and the boys’ tour in San Francisco last weekend. If there’s anything we learned at South By, it’s that Fool’s Gold knows how to throw a party. I used like three exclusive tracks off a DJ sampler A-Trak gave out for Juicy Jams.

New Roots video ft. Chrisette Michelle & Wale – “Rising Up” April 23, 2008

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This isn’t a Roots blog, I promise.

Rising Down out 4/29

Tegan and Sara on Leno tonight April 23, 2008

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Check out the most endearing pair of Canadian, guitar-strumming twins who happen to be lesbians you’ll ever meet on Jay Leno tonight. It always amazes me how something as commercial as GE/NBC/Universal’s the Tonight Show manages to cross paths with artists like the Quin twins. Shout out to good booking agents.

Tegan and Sara have a live EP coming out on the 29th for iTunes featuring select tracks from their break out album, last year’s The Con. You should have that album (produced by Death Cab’s Chris Walla), but if you don’t, check out some tracks here.

UPDATE: Hear a new song by Tegan (sans Sara) for Augusten Burrough’s new memoir A Wolf at the Table here.

A Tribe Called Quest to headline Rock the Bells April 22, 2008

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Man, this is my favorite group of all time. And with Weezer dropping an album this summer, the 90’s are back in a big way. My high-top fade is so fresh right now.

The annual hip-hop heavyweight tour will also feature Nas, Mos Def, De La Soul, The Pharcyde (ATCQ, De La Soul AND the Pharcyde!!!!!), Jay Electronica, Murs, Santogold and more. If you ever owned a tape deck, get yourself a ticket.

?uesto gets to know Al Green, Dap Kings April 22, 2008

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The roots drummer and indie rap icon, ?uestlove, recently teamed up with legendary soul singer Al Green for his new album Lay it Down. If that crossover appeal doesn’t get you, the buzzing horns wizards the Dap Kings, of Mark Ronson/Sharon Jones/Amy Winehouse fame, pitched in as well. And if THAT isn’t enough for you, Corinne Bailey Ray, John Legend and Anthony Hamilton will lend vocals to the project. Just do yourself a favor and check it out here and here.