Back-in-the-day Sac-town buds Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel are Blackalicious: backpacking West Coast hip-hoppers, rhythmic wordsmiths, underground players, creators of an alphabet song that would make Big Bird jealous ("A to G"). The Craft is the duo's third record, and arguably the most rock-influenced — check "Powers" for a taste. Hip-hop heads have been anticipating this one for months; the rest of ya'll would be remiss to sleep on this one.
By Hua Hsu on 08.24.12 in Reviews
The Bay Area's DIY Solesides collective aspired to make a movement of their casual, self-reflective rhymes and meticulous, patchwork beats, like a more everyman version of the East Coast's Native Tongues posse. While thi...
By Hua Hsu on 05.22.11 in Reviews
Interesting things can happen when you're just a few steps away from the limelight. Left to their own devices in the drowsy college town of Davis, California, DJ Shadow, Blackalicious, Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truth Sp...
By Sasha Geffen on 06.23.14 in Features
Frontman Peter Silberman talks about the Brooklyn band's new album 'Familiars.'
By Brian Howe on 06.17.14 in Reviews
Brooklyn's the Antlers have come a long way since going from a solo project to a trio for 2009's Hospice. Though still built around Peter Silberman's vulnerable voice, bare-all lyrics and silvery guitar, the band's palet...