Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Kylesa, Rosetta, Fight Amp, East of the Wall
7:00 PM 18+
A Georgian quintet that has for ten years avoided the petty subcategorization that plagues metal, Kylesa deviously vex their listeners by juxtaposing the disturbing with the exhilarating. Percussion primarily drives their instrumentation, with two full kits simultaneously pummeling away, as the strings shift between chunky riffs, lurching death marches, and walls of sound. Fans of southern metal, 90's alternative, classic psychedelia, and post-hardcore will easily find something to love here, as acknowledged by Spin which has nominated them for "Best Metal Band" of 2010. PopMatters raved of their latest record Spiral Shadow, "These perennial up-and-comers are now operating at an elite level. Welcome to the upper tier of American metal, kids."Pitchfork readers voted the record the #1 metal effort of 2010.
While most post-hardcore groups put an emphasis on the "post" aspect of their sound, Rosetta retains a rawness and grit that should endear them to punks and deter pussies. They make healthy use of spaced-out arpeggiations without getting syrupy, and an unrelentingly growling vocal melts over the groove without sounding mismatched.
Blackwood, New Jersey's Fight Amp provides an irreverent punk take on the grooves pioneered by Southern groups like Crowbar and Corrosion of Conformity. Pitchfork gave some shine to their 2008 release Hungry for Nothing, saying "This is no mere garage punk; this is a finely tuned assault with booming, modern production. It's not 'dope, guns, and fucking in the streets,' but it's pretty fucking dope."
EAST OF THE WALL
The progressive odes by East Of The Wall are a whirlwind of styles centered around brutal odd-time metal. The New Jersey group makes use of sharp juxtaposition as well as smooth transitions and style synthesis, producing a mesmerizingly bizarre experience that rivals any leader in the field of math metal.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
In honor of reOPENed’s one year anniversary, our special guest DJ will be A-Trak, his feet firmly planted both in electro and hip-hop, standing as one of the final guardians of turntablism for his generation. With a discography that boasts production and remixes for Lupe Fiasco and Kid Sister, MSTRKRFT, Boys Noize, The Rub, Kanye West, and Non-Phixion, he has served as a human melting pot for multiple urban styles. Trivia junkies might want to note that he holds the record for youngest DMC World Champion (age 15), and that he is the younger brother of David Macklovitch (Chromeo) with whom he runs the Audio Research label. In 2010 he and Just Blaze announced a forthcoming house music 12”.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
9:00PM PM 21+
FREE BEFORE 10PM/$10 after
This is the return of the intergalactic gauchitos better known as Uproot Andy and Geko Jones. After a brief winter recess moonwalking across the globe and cooking up hotter than habanero remixes the Que Bajo?! party is back like Danny Trejo's movie career.
Join us on January 27th as we welcome the Dominican wonderkid DJ Munchi all the way from Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Moombahton stylee from one of the scenes top notch DJ's.
FREE Asahi until 10PM
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
More videos of Lil B in our underbelly are surfacing, including this one from ILovePwnage.com.
We need to shine more on our staff over here, so don't sleep on the following vids from members of the Santos fam.
Music video for "I Want You" by Theophilus London, starring the brilliant Glenn Lovrich.
Live performance by reigning chiptune band Starscream.
"Titty Full of Beer" video by The Mr. Move (our own Reggie Cunningham)
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
In 1985, when the guitar in British popular music was nearing extinction, Peter and Chris Coyne formed The Godfathers, a bold foil to the prevailing trends. They built their sound upon searing blues guitar riffs and crisp back beats, a style that was decidedly working-class and geared towards raucous pubs. They built their first LP Hit By Hit around singles they had released independently, resulting in worldwide acclaim and a deal with Epic Records. As a primary influencer of the dominant Britpop of the 1990’s, The Godfathers are one of the most important rock bands in the history of the UK, thus their dissolution in 2000 gave way to an inevitable reconstitution in 2008. Santos is excited to bear witness as this legendary outfit expands its legacy.
The Godfathers will be playing Santos Party House on February 14.
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We'll be posting 2 more tracks for your listening pleasure so check back!
Friday, January 14, 2011
7:30 PM 18+
TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE
JANKA NABAY & THE BUBU GANG
African music, by co-opting aspects of electronica, hip-hop and reggae, is finally making some headway in the West, but the sounds by Ahmed Janka Nabay are more predecessor than Afro-pop pastiche. Nabay created his style in Freetown during the Sierra Leonean civil war, moderinizing the traditional style of bubu (normally played by large wind ensembles) with Western instrumentation rather than aesthetics, namely an old school digital keyboard that he plays alongside bamboo shoots and carburetor pipes. As a war refuser, he uses his lyrics promote humanitarianism, pacifism and feminism using a combination of English and Krio, sung in nimble West African harmonies, chants and falsettos.
During the war, rebels made use of his music to lure captives, and even forced Nabay to perform under duress. The pan-West African ECOMOG coalition, in turn, suspected him of siding with the rebels and nearly gunned him down. He fled to Philadelphia in the 90's, working at a Crown Fried Chicken as he grew a cult following in the US. In 2010, he moved to New York City to focus on music, and formed Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang featuring members of Gang Gang Dance, Skeletons, Starring and Zs.
While the most prominent rhythmic passages of Boshra AlSaadi's are strictly reggae, her harmonic sensibility is influenced by a variety of sources, be they melodramatic pop or folk rock. Her concise arrangements allow for the textures in her production to shine through, as well as her silky voice and evocative lyrics. She has collaborated with the likes of Lemonade, Pupa Bajah (Dry Eye Crew) and Janka Nabay.
A Brooklynite by way of Chicago, Brenmar produces tracks of percussive house jams inflected by hip-hop, R&B, pop and bounce. XLR8R drafted him for an official podcast and he is often sought out for remixes. By refusing to follow trends in commercial house, he has preserved the authenticity of his genre.