Bona fide rap legend Pep Love (of Hieroglyphics fame) will be performing in the Twin Cities soon as part of something called “Cali-Reggae group Rebelution’s Peace of Mind Tour” on 3/20. Now, that may sound like some kind of hippie dippy Michael-Franti thing on the surface, but Love is an accomplished rapper and no amount of groovy quasi-reggae can change that. Hieroglyphics were an East Oakland hip hop collective that contained the likes of Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Souls of Mischief, and more. While Pep Love’s solo work hasn’t quite reached the same level of acclaim as the Hiero crew, he isn’t any slouch either. Single “Act Phenom” from his 2001 solo debut The Ascension will tell you that much.
For those of you who like to keep track of every year’s hit new female-fronted folk breakout, undoubtedly you know that First Aid Kit is in the running for the title in 2011 (previous winners include Mountain Man – 2010, Alela Diane – 2009, and so on). While I am still unsure as to whether I am sold on these Swedes’ music, I am looking forward to checking them out when they arrive in our town on November 13th (at First Avenue opening for fellow Swede Lykke Li). I am not crazy about the new track they just debuted from their forthcoming EP, but I did really like the Fever Ray cover we posted awhile back. You can listen to the new tune, “The Lion’s Roar” below and decide for yourself if they are the next big female folk “thing.”