New Orleans’ sissy-bounce ambassador Big Freedia made his biggest move yet to bring the hyper-active sound to America, appearing on Late Night With Jimmy Kimmel yesterday. Decked out in head to toe zebra, topped off with an impressive coiffure, Freedia’s performance started out on Hollywood Blvd before heading into the El Capitan Theater and jumping onstage with his backing dancers who were wearing network television friendly t-shirts and tights (as opposed to the usual booty shorts). Still, you can tell that the show’s editors had a hard time determining how much ass is too much azz for ABC.
As a part of this year’s Best of 2011 survey, we asked voters to tell us what they thought made 2011 special when it comes to music. And as we expected, URB readers told us what’s up. Some of you were disappointed, but most stayed positive about the past 12 months and are enthusiastic about the year to come. As one of you so aptly put, “I want the music of 2011 in my head for at least the month of January 2012.”
With only a few hours left in the year, we decided to share some of the best comments with you. Thanks for an awesome 2011 and looking forward to 2012! Have fun tonight and stay safe. …MORE
Ranking the top artists of the past 365 days is a tricky proposition. What seemed like a simple enough question when we asked you to rate 100 top artists becomes a labyrinth of questions regarding the state of music in 2011. Is dance music really taking over the American landscape, or does hip-hop still rule the minds of music fans? Is it fair to nominate an act that didn’t release a proper record this year, when the internet has made the act of releasing albums virtually obsolete? Did some acts hustle hard for voters while others sat back and let the votes come in? …MORE
Austin is no stranger to major music gatherings, but local fave Fun Fun Fun Fest has grown out of the shadow of it’s older siblings ACL and SXSW to become an event worthy of national attention on its own. Here’s URB’s video recap by Calvin Millar with awesome footage of Spank Rock, Big Freedia, Major Lazer and more. Music by Neon Indian. Wish you were there? You betcha.
“Car Song” is the fourth tune we’ve heard off of Spank Rock‘s upcoming album Everything Is Boring and Everyone Is a Fucking Liar. And like his previous pairings with Boys Noize (“Energy“) and Big Freedia (“Nasty“), the addition of Santigold to the tune proves that Spank Rock picked all the right collaborators for his second full-length, which is dropping Sept. 27th.