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HITS LIST: TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE
Patti Smith and Angela Davis have nothing to do with this. (2/17a)
THE GRAMMY
SUITE SPOT
We just can't help ourselves. (2/17a)
WHAT MAKES
KAREN RANT?
A pop-cultural kaleidoscope disguised as a radio column (2/17a)
SPOTTED ON NEW MUSIC FRIDAY PLAYLIST
Think of the latest offering as top-"Heavy." (2/17a)
FLIPOVER FRIDAY: NEW ARRIVALS AT iTUNES AND APPLE MUSIC
L.A. goes country with the better half of a Jets receiver. Come again? (2/17a)
OSCAR SO ... WHAT?
Politics and pluralism at the Academy Awards.
Q1'S FIRST BIG SURPRISE
The return of a star.
PLAYLISTS AND POLITICS
How it really works.
DECLARATIONS OF INDEPENDENTS
How indie artists break through in the new reality.
THE B-SIDE
TWO FEET ON THE ROAD
2/9/17

Two Feet—Harlem-based Bill Dess' moniker—will soon embark on his first North American tour.

If you're unfamiliar, the artist dropped his debut EP, First Steps, on Soundcloud last year after teaming up with Majestic Casual Records.—part of the Majestic brand, which is based in Stuttgart, Germany and launched in 2011 as one of the first audiovisual music blogs on YouTube. The tracks are outright tantalizing, particularly the opening number, "Go Fuck Yourself," which now boasts a total of 14m Spotify streams.

FYI: Two Feet is repped by Paradigm in the U.S. This stretch of dates will be in support of recent RCA signing JAIN, who sounds like a multicultural Lily Allen backed by Sylvan Esso, which is pretty fucking cool.

The pair hits L.A.'s Troubadour on 3/22 and NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on 4/8.

ARTIST DISCOVERY: RYDER
2/9/17

RYDER's "Nirvana" has racked up 100k+ plays on Soundcloud in two weeks. On Spotify, the track has north of 200k streams.

The track's production quality and song's generally mellifluous and hooky nature show immense potential.

The Los Angeles-based indie/pop siren is currently unsigned. For general inquiries, those interested can contact ThisisRyderMgmt@gmail.com.

BIBANG THEORY
12/7/16

Meet a genuine, bona fide rock star: Gutxi Bibang (pronounced, approximately, "Gucci BeBang"), a second-generation African from the Basque country of Spain who channels the fury of hard rock and punk through the fulcrum of swashbuckling psychedelic style. His "System of a Gun" clip below says it all, but we also like this quote from Atwood Magazine: "Gutxi Bibang has established himself as not only a major international force, but a veritable force for making modern, accessible rock music that inspires change–all while flipping a finger (or two, depending on your country) at dysfunctional systems everywhere."

His debut U.S. performance last night at Communion NYC, we're told, left behind smoking ruins and blown minds.

 

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