The votes have been tallied and once again URB readers have made their voices heard. And how did 2012 flesh out in terms of your favorite artists? A rock solid mix of all-time favorites, current buzz-makers and a few veteran acts climbing their way to the top once again. Don’t call it a comeback — although it seems hip-hop dominated your world in 2012, while the rest of America was jocking EDM as the next big thing. Are MCs the new DJs, who are the new pop stars, already? …MORE
From his open mic poetry days in NYC to ripping mics at the earth-shattering Church of Love and Ruin shows, B. Dolan has always used his platform and his art to rally against a host of evils plaguing modern man. Falling in line with the ethos of the Church festival, which recently celebrated its second year tearing through the northeast, Dolan’s “Which Side Are You On?” is a battle cry against small-minded hatred. Hip hop has been viewed as a homophobic art form for far too long. One need look no further than the Busta Rhymes interview clip featured in Dolan’s video for a taste of such ignorance. Along with the only footage of the arrest of Leslie Feinberg, a prominent transgender activist who tagged the Minneapolis City Jail is solidarity with Cece McDonald, Atmosphere‘s Slug makes a cameo marching alongside Dolan.
“Which Side Are You On?” is taken from Dolan’s House of Bees Vol. 2 mixtape, available now on Strange Famous Records. His Church of Love and Ruin tour, featuring Sage Francis on select shows, is currently making its way through the UK, with remaining dates listed after the video.
Sometimes a quality hip-hop track can give new life to the overplayed pop hit it samples. Other times it’s just an infuriating excuse to get said annoying pop song stuck in your head for another few hours. So which is it for “Northern Lights,” the new cut by Slug of Atmosphere and fellow MPLS emcees Kaleem and Master Mind iDV? We’ll let you know in a few hours if we’re still humming “We Are Young.”
The moodiest tune off of Atmosphere’s 2011 album, The Family Sign, has been given an equally moody video, compliments of a collaboration between the Minnesota School of Business, MTS Digital Media Academy, Alex Horner Pictures, and Hickey Photography. Check out the mixed-media clip here, then go on to the making of video after the jump to be amazed at what you can do with an indie budget and some helpful friends.
It must be August, it must be hot, and it must be time once again to head to Chicago’s Grant Park to celebrate Lollapalooza, the annual Midwest superfestival that packs somewhere arounf 100,000 people into the expansive Chicago waterfront to hear some of the world’s biggest acts along with a great many up-and-comers.
This year, the Lollapalooza brand is celebrating 20 years since it first hit America as a roaming daylong event—with bands such as Nine Inch Nails (who played in daylight!), Ice-T’s metal project Body Count, Siouxsee and the Banshees and Janes Addiction introducing the American people to the alternative nation. A gathering of tribes not really seen since the heyday of the ’60s.
We don’t expect to see as many mohawks or Rollin Band sun tattoos at Lollapalooza 2011, but there’s still plenty of great music to discover. Move ahead and check out URB’s 10 Lollapalooza Acts You Can’t Miss. …MORE