Blackalicious: It’s one thing to make enduring records, another still to work with luminaries in multiple fields. Another thing still to treat the rhyme not only as a piece of poetry, but to play with the aesthetics of language in ways that represent the voice as a unique instrument in and of itself. Blackalicious do all of these things, and as evidenced by the reissue of 1993’s Melodica, they have been doing these things for years. Originally released exclusively on cassette, Melodica is being reissued digitally for the first time. It’s a vital document of the group’s progression towards their eventual position as lords of the West Coast Underground, Gift of Gab twisting his words with aplomb, his lyrics more carefree than his later work. Chief Xcel’s beats, meanwhile, tread the same funky, lighthearted waters as many of his left-field contemporaries, but everything on Melodica is coated in a murky scuzz that, somewhat conversely to logic, could place the EP alongside much of today’s weird, lo-fi hip-hop. As an added treat, Melodica contains “Changes,” an unreleased cut produced in part by one DJ Shadow, who joins forces withBlackalicious producer Chief Xcel to offer dusty drum loops and subtle, textured samples that would offer a glimpse into much of Shadow’s later work. In an era where hip-hop devolves into half-baked facsimile with alarming regularity, Melodica serves as a reminder that the true school will always triumph over the bullshit. Nickie P: From murkey basements to Major Venues, Nickie P. (a.k.a. Sick Nick) has pleased crowds all over Southeastern Michigan and Northern Ohio. Nicole Price has been heavily involved in the music scene her entire life. Her father, James Price was a member of a Doo Wop group as a young boy alongside his father. Her mother, Toni Eide was active in a church musical group out of Milford, Michigan for several years, later involving Nickie in the group. Her oldest brother David (a.k.a. Boliver Trask) played guitar and sang for a punk rock group called No Prematures and her second oldest brother, Kevin (a.k.a. Esque Roxwell) was a member in a local hip hop group called The Seven Chakraz. From 1996 to 2000, Nickie attended private voice lessons at Milford Music doing performances at the local legion hall and various street shows during town festivals. Nickie was primarily trained in classical, Broadway and Italian Opera, but Nickie found her true passion in Hip Hop music at the young age of 14. She wrote secretly until she found the courage to present her ideas to her brother Kevin (Esque) in 2002. That year Nickie became a new member of the crew and ever since has worked faithfully alongside her brother and a cast of friends and family spanning from Ann Arbor, Michigan to San Francisco, California. The crew has played at numerous venues in Michigan and Ohio including the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, the Screamin’ Eagle in Ypsilanti, Mac’s Bar in Lansing, 1515 in Detroit, Frankie’s Bar in Toledo, Ohio and are continuously crowds to this day. In 2009, Nickie signed with Daleth music group from Southfield Michigan and put most of her focus and drive into finishing her first solo project "The Glitter Wars" (2009). In October 2010, Nickie left Daleth to create music on her own terms aspiring to finish her second album "The Triumphant Rise and Tragic Existence of Sick Nick" due out Summer 2011. You can find information about Nickie P. at www.myspace.com/nikkipakasicknick, www.myspace.com/sevenchakraz7c, and of course www.nickiep.com New Breed Brass Band: A NEW BREED OF NEW ORLEANS BRASS... New Breed Brass Band lives and breathes the culture of New Orleans, infusing funk, rock, jazz, and hip-hop into a custom-made enhancement of second-line brass band tradition. “That’s what we came up under,” says snare-drummer Jenard Andrews of second line bands like the ReBirth, Dirty Dozen and Lil’ Rascals Brass Bands. “Now we’re trying to take that sound and bring in some new stuff and expand it. We bring outside influences like Earth Wind & Fire and Brass Construction, trying to interpret a different song for every genre, and make it all our own sound.” With a founding core of five New Orleans natives, New Breed Brass Band made its street debut as a nine-man unit in November 2013 at the Nine Times Second Line. Since then, they have showcased their originality opening for such diverse bands as The Fray, Red Baraat, Dr. John, The Waterboys, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, as well as competing in the Red Bull Street Kings brass band competition in 2013. Most of the members have been playing music since they were toddlers and count such New Orleans legends as James “12” Andrews, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Topsy Chapman, Karl Leblanc, and Bruce “Sun-pie” Barnes as family members. Honing their childhood experiences playing music with their families, and on through high school marching bands and concert ensembles, the nine members of New Breed are united to one cause: rocking each show and entertaining audiences to the maximum degree possible. The band’s strong desire is to be the next heavyweight contender among internationally-known New Orleans brass bands. Whether performing in their hometown or on the road, New Breed will forever bring the vibe of the New Orleans second-line with them. “We can’t wait,” Andrews says of bringing the New Breed sound to stages and festivals around the world. “It’s a new breed of music that we’ll be bringing to our culture, and we hope to create a new sound for our city in the process.”
Nickie P. www.nickiep.com https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nickie-P/91726556921 nickiep.bandcamp.com/ The Kind James Dillinger: https://soundcloud.com/kjd6592 kjdofficial.bandcamp.com/ https://www.facebook.com/KingJamesDillinger Mr. Demented: http://www.reverbnation.com/mrdmntd https://www.facebook.com/mrdmntd Mike Burner: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mike-Burner/135517283183261 mikeburner.bandcamp.com/
Nickie P. Birthday Show w/ special surprise performances....
It's Cold Out. In the best possible way. Coldest songs, coldest beats, coldest verses. Two Days before Thanksgiving, we'll be kicking off the week right with some of the finest artists in the 734. Prhyme Rhyme Boss ( Chrome Star Records)... Nickie P. ( Alibi Crew) Ant the Champ ( Branch Out Collective) Pinnacle Entertainment L05 (BOC // Complex Movements) HOSTED BY Man In Charge (BOC) Living Legend DJ Chill Will 734 will be holding down the sound for the night. Doors at 9PM $5 Over 21+ $8 Under
Label: PlushLovely Records
Manager: Corryn Jackson
Bio: From murky basements to Major Venues, Nickie P. has pleased crowds all over the Midwest...
Nicole Price has been heavily involved in the music scene her entire life. Her father was a member of a doo wop group as a young boy alongside his father. Her mother was active in a church musical group...See Full Bio
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