Hip hop has evolved over its roughly 30 years of popularity into one of the most divisive musical genres since. Mainstream, underground; egotistical, abstract; guest verses, breaks. Two things that remain consistent in all spectrums of the genre are beats and rhymes.
New Year’s Eve is just a few nights away – are you prepared? Get your pre-game all week long with MP3.com as we feature tunes to prepare you for an evening full of dancing. Today, we highlight a few artists set to perform at Lights All Night NYE Festival in Dallas, TX.
As 2011 draws to a close, we’re wrapping things up by putting together playlists of our favorite songs from the past year. Here are my favorite free downloads we’ve featured this year, all from artists on teh rise with great potential for a successful 2012.
In anticipation of tomorrow’s announcement of this year’s GRAMMY award nominees, we’ve compiled some of our favorite live performances and interviews from last year’s hottest nominees. Let us know in the comments section if you think any or all of these artists stand to receive recognition this year!
Danny Ross the government employee has a had a rough week. Danny Ross, the Beatles-inspired singer-songwriter, has had a week of new found freedom. Before embarking on a mini East Coast tour (the “Laid Off Tour”) that begins on the last night of CMJ, Danny took a few minutes out of his recently opened schedule to chat about the music industry, its position in a suffocated economy, and what CMJ really means to musicians.
We caught up with rising punk band Fidlar (acronym for “F**k It Dog Life’s A Risk”) after their furious set at the Lost Angeles showcase last night. Singer/guitarist Zac Carp, singer/guitarist Elvis Kuehn, bassist Brandon Schwartzel, and drummer Max Kuehn share their thoughts on punk music in LA, plans before June 2012, and influences beyond rock and roll. Read the full interview and grab a free track from Fidlar after the jump:
Based in San Diego, rising post-punk band Tropical Popsicle weave intimate melodies and pop hooks under a blanket of lo-fi haze. We spoke with Tim and Chase after their Cake Shop performance about their sound, a penchant for fog machines, and opening for Lana Del Ray. Read the interview and grab a free mp3 from the band after the jump…
Best way to get a grip on CMJ: plan ahead. Pick out a handful of showcases you want to catch, stick around for a few bands, then move on to the next showcase. Routing your day around individual acts instead of showcases will lead to burdensome travel time and unforgiving headaches, so eschew our advice at your own risk! Besides, CMJ offers a week of music discovery – leave pretensions and snobbery at the door, and enjoy new bands before evil labels snatch them up and create more Black Eyed Peas.
Thursday is the most peculiar day of the week for me. The stress of work, life, and existential pondering weighs heavier than on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, those super-charged business days when the week ahead seems so easy, and Friday, when the hours tend to crawl at the exact pace needed to ensure your weekend will be a precious 48 hours. The best way to handle Thursdays is not to take a weekly sick day, but to start your morning off with a healthy dose of Instant-Relaxo Beats, courtesy of MP3.com.