Daily Music: Heretic Pride
SXSW Q&A: Best Coast
“I’m well aware that Best Coast won’t last forever,” says the L.A. duo’s singer/songwriter Bethany Cosentino. “I hope it lasts as long as it can, but I’m realistic. I doubt I’m going to be doing Best Coast when I’m 50. I mean, maybe, but I’m probably going to be doing something else.” Saturday night she showcases her popular pop band at Uproxx House, 11:30pm.

2:30PM Sat. Mar. 21, 2015, Luke Winkie Read More | Comment »

SXSW Live Shot: Kurupt, E-40
Hip-hop took over as the dominant voice at SXSW this year. Vine stars like Dej Loaf join the adorable Rae Sremmurd and previous maestros Chance the Rapper and Smoke DZA. Despite a youth movement, the Festival can still give the old guys some love, especially when you’re talking E-40 and Kurupt.

12:55PM Sat. Mar. 21, 2015, Luke Winkie Read More | Comment »

SXSW Live Shot: Sophie
The only question left about PC Music remains whether or not it’d go over with the public. The London label/scene/collective specialize in a very particular strain of millennial dance music. If you’re reductive, call it “bubblegum bass,” shrieking pop melody with old-school dubstep inclinations, but that doesn’t capture their transgressiveness.

12:45PM Fri. Mar. 20, 2015, Luke Winkie Read More | Comment »

SXSW Live Shot: Speedy Ortiz
What’s the authentic SXSW experience? Sometimes it’s stumbling onto an artist unspoiled by extraneous attention. More often, it’s standing in an overcrowded bar drinking lukewarm Lone Stars to stay hydrated while watching a bedraggled band callously plug away at a 30-minute set almost out of spite for a bemused horde that’s not paying attention.

10:40AM Thu. Mar. 19, 2015, Luke Winkie Read More | Comment »

SXSW Live Shot: Vic Mensa
Vic Mensa, a 21-year-old from Chicago, was recently in Paris with Kanye West. Call him a protegé. The former Emo’s was filled with golden age Yeezy gems pre-set (mostly Graduation cuts), with Mensa hyping their collaboration “Wolves,” due soon on West’s new disc.

11:45AM Wed. Mar. 18, 2015, Luke Winkie Read More | Comment »

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: Flying Lotus
Steven Ellison’s Flying Lotus project has reached cruising altitude. With 2008 breakout Los Angeles and legacy-securing Cosmogramma now firmly in the rearview mirror, he’s embracing artist maturation by releasing a series of well-received albums in a row, including the newly acclaimed You’re Dead.

10:47AM Mon. Nov. 10, 2014, Luke Winkie Read More | Comment »

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Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: Girl Talk
Is Gregg Gillis finally getting bored of all this? The mash-up pioneer’s Girl Talk served as gatekeeper for the hyperactive, genre-compressing movement that’s become a way of life in 2014, but he hasn’t put out a proper full-length since 2010.

11:45AM Sun. Nov. 9, 2014, Luke Winkie Read More | Comment »

Fun Fun Fun Live Shot: Run the Jewels
El-P was dead in the water. An old-school hard knocks MC thrust into the Vine era, he watched his life’s work – the precocious, antisocial Definitive Jux label – dissolve into thin air. Killer Mike, a fine MC whose claim to fame was deep ties to Outkast, wasn’t faring much better. Then 2013 arrived and these two unlikely heroes banded together as Run the Jewels.

11:27AM Sat. Nov. 8, 2014, Luke Winkie Read More | Comment »

ACL Live Shot: Calvin Harris
Fifteen years ago, Calvin Harris would’ve been a nobody. He’d still have the money, the Grammys, the industry renown, but this headlining set? No way. Who cares about producers? Men and women behind pop music are supposed to blend into the background. That’s the job description.

12:24PM Mon. Oct. 13, 2014, Luke Winkie Read More | Comment »

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