*Free MP3 from the archive* After over a decade of collectively and individually defining West Coast rap, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, and Warren G come together as hip-hop supergroup 213. Combining Nate's smooth vocals, Snoop's laid-back flow, and Warren's production prowess, 213 stay true to their roots while updating their signature g-funk and gangsta rap styles into party bangers like this exclusive track, "Groupie Luv."
Everyone is always complaining about how nobody dances at shows anymore, and it's getting on New York's nerves. Fortunately, Brooklyn's Oxford Collapse takes on the dance-punk challenge, and now people are putting their drinks down and dancing around like uninhibited 10-year-olds. Imagine Spike Jonze directing a Gang of Four video.
FREE MP3 FROM THE ARCHIVE. Forget their influences--people now want to know what bands Fall Out Boy have inspired. Their latest efforts have scored them prime cover shots on all the top magazines (such as "Rolling Stone"), and although it's hard to remain punk after such praise, they still get props among the hardcore.
Irreverent classic "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" gets a remix and new satirical company on Dr. Elmo's new holiday EP. In addition to threading scratches into that hokey number, Elmo serves up some fresh contemporary fare: see especially the wistful "Prison Without Martha" and the beat-laden "Night Before Kwanzaa."
Overlaying dreamy vocals with fairly dense music, Detroit's one-man band, Daestro mixes melodic indie rock with synth-infused soundscapes on his latest electro-pop release, "Keepers". Randolph Chabot sure knows how to genre-hop with his strange combination of subtle music textures, spine-tingling in instrumental complexity and perfect for a trip to outer space.