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.”
Electronic duo Phantogram will be returning to the Twin Cities sooon for a 10/26 performance at First Avenue. We happen to be giving away a pair of tickets to go to the show so snag them while you can! You can enter the contest by simply sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and Phantogram in the subject line. One winner will be drawn out at random and notified on 10/25. Your email won’t be used for any email lists or anything like that, simply because we don’t have any. Good luck!
Future Shop announces preorders for the much-hyped Nexus S from Google smartphone.
Electronics Newsweekly March 30, 2011 Future Shop, Canada’s largest retailer and etailer of consumer electronics, is accepting pre-orders for the highly anticipated Nexus S from Google smartphone. Available at all 146 Future Shop locations and www.futureshop.ca early April, the latest innovation by Samsung offers the Canadian debut of the Pure Google Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” operating system, 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, the world’s first 4″ brilliant contour display, and much more. go to web site nexus s reviewgo to web site nexus s review
The Nexus S from Google will be available at Future Shop on the Bell, Fido, Koodo, Rogers and Telus networks at launch*. Pricing will be available early April.
For more information about the Nexus S from Google smartphone, visit www.futureshop.ca.
*Selection at each store location may vary by carrier on launch day.