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New Wale – “The Crazy” and Mixtape About Nothing Tracklist May 26, 2008

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May 30th, folks. If you haven’t heard, it’s gonna be a hot summer. Shout-out to Best Kept Secret and the Allido crew. I feel a Soundtrakk/Lupe type connection going on…

Wale – “The Crazy”

Also, I don’t see Julia Louis-Dreyfuss on the tracklist as previously reported… maybe she’s on one of the skits.

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The Greatest Show on Earth May 2, 2008

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[photos c/o Kanye West]

By Natalia Ciolko

The stadium lights drop into pitch darkness. A blood-curdling shriek from the masses responds. A screen of stars whizzes past on a giant screen as Kanye’s voice rises over the heavy beating of drums, which were as tall as a grown man. The Earth has lost all creativity, and he has accepted the mission to save it. This is his last mission before he heads home.

Kanye West’s Glow in the Dark tour, featuring Rihanna, N.E.R.D. and Lupe Fiasco, descended upon the Frank Erwin Center Wednesday night. Tickets were preciously priced, but thousands of students and teenage Lupe-lovers saved up weeks of allowance to attend. (more…)

Q&A with Nikki Jean (Burnt Orange Juice exclusive) May 1, 2008

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Remember how I told you we’d cross paths with Nikki Jean again? Well one of our sources called us up the night before Glow in the Dark (more on that to come, believe me) to say a certain someone might be available for an interview. (more…)

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…)

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.

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.

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.