Is Hip-Hop Dead? Tell Us Your Own Opinion

Arguably rap or hip-hop took over the popular music scene during the late 90’s and for the greater part of the next decade. Now the spotlight has shifted to many subgenres of electronic music, such as dubstep and the numerous forms of electronic dance music. In some recent records, hip-hop artists have taken the initiative to add elements of electronic music to their songs. There has been some debate over whether hip-hop, in its truest forms is here to stay. Some people take the stance that music evolves over time. Others say that the fire of hip-hop really has been extinguished. Some say that there is still a lot of productivity from hip-hop artists and the public is waiting for some big records to come out in the near future. Take a look around on youtube or music forums and this debate is still going on. As we are all part of the music community, it would be insightful to start the conversation here on the front porch. Let your opinion be heard and drop a comment below!

Awesome Local Shows

Sometimes you don’t have to drive all of the way to Baltimore, Philly or NYC to see a good show.  Some are happening rather close by.  Check out these upcoming shows at local venues.

WoodBrothers

03/19/2012 – The Wood Brothers

The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company
Doors at: 07:00 PM | Show Starts: 07:30 PM – $15/$18 cover Tickets

For Chris and Oliver Wood, music has always been a family affair. Raised in Boulder, Colorado by a Harvard-trained microbiologist [more]

Fri 03/23/12 DRI – Reverb – Reading (tickets)

03/24/2012 – Quagmire Swim Team at Savannah’s on Hannasavannahs

Savannah’s on Hanna
Doors at: 08:00 PM | Show Starts: 09:00 PM – 10.00/12.00 cover Tickets

Quagmire Swim Team is an unusually generic jamband with common skills and an incredibly lame audience. The band’s songs are [more]

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04/15/2012 – CONSPIRATOR

The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company
Doors at: 07:00 PM | Show Starts: 08:00 PM – $16/$18 cover Tickets

2011 has been a seminal year for Conspirator. Formed in 2004 by Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits’ [more]

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04/17/2012 – Raekwon’s Unexpected Victory Tour

The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company
Doors at: 07:00 PM | Show Starts: 08:00 PM – $25 advance cover

Plus guest MC Supernatural and more TBA Tickets on sale March 4 at 8AM Corey Woods aka Raekwon The Chef, [more] Tickets

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04/25/2012 – Colin Hay

Colin Hay may be best known as the lead singer for Men At Work, the platinum selling Australian band that [more]

The Gallery at The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company
Doors at: 07:30 PM | Show Starts: 08:00 PM – $22/$25 cover Tickets

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The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company
Doors at: 07:00 PM | Show Starts: 08:00 PM – $10/$12 cover Tickets

Plus guests TWERPS On October 17th (18th in North America) 2011, New Jersey’s Real Estate will release Days, their second [more]

 

Kurt Vile and the ViolatorsThu, May 17, 2012

Chameleon Club (Lancaster)

Kurt Vile and the Violators

Black Bananas, True Widow

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07/20/2012 – Dick Dale

The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company
Doors at: 07:00 PM | Show Starts: 08:00 PM – $25 advance cover Tickets

The Dick Dale Phenomenon. His style is something different and unique. Since his first appearances Balboa, Ca. at the famed [more]

A Candlebox Full Of Vocals

Candlebox’s self titled album managed to sell two million copies. This was quite an accomplishment as it was their first album. The song “Far Behind”, one of the only so called catchy songs on the record, was described as taking the heavy sound of Alice In Chains from the previous generation and confining it to the constraints of a pop song with heavy alternative influences. This album may have been well known for it’s time, but similar to Saving Abel, Candlebox got lost over time. Here is the golden oldie from 1993:

Representing The Underrepresented: Crash Kings

This little number by the Crash Kings at one point topped the alternative charts in the U.S. Now is the perfect time to shed some light on the Crash Kings as they are about to drop a new album this month. The Crash Kings received some superb production from Dave Sardy and it shows on the track “Mountain Man”. For a trio, the Crash Kings achieve a big sound and some killer vocals.

Performance Spotlight: Promised Ones

A couple months ago Guitar World Magazine and Blessthefall teamed up to form a guitar cover contest. Contestants uploaded their cover videos and then the band chose a couple lucky prize winners. The contest concluded a while ago, but blessthefall recorded an awesome video for Guitar World where guitarists Eric Lambert and Elliott Gruenberg showed viewers how to play their hit song “Promised Ones”. The video is located below the descriptions.

 

Guitar World is a magazine that provides resourceful information about guitars, equipment, playing technique, bands, and how to play songs on guitar. If you happen to be a guitar player, or just like music in general, check out their website!

http://www.guitarworld.com/

Blessthefall is a metalcore/post-hardcore band from Phoenix, Arizona. Their music has a collaborative feel overall and is very well put together in terms of composition. Singer Beau Bokan only sings vocals while bassist Jared Warth jumps in for all the growling.  Eric Lambert and Elliott Gruenberg trade guitar parts at times, each taking turns playing lead melodies in the riffs. If you pay attention to the chorus riff in this song, they will switch who plays the rhythm and who plays the lead parts at different intervals of the song. By the way I’m not going to leave out drummer Matt Traynor. His double bass can pound a hole in your wall and it accents the guitar notes quite well.

 

Cowboy Junkies Concert In Harrisburg!

The Cowboy Junkies are an alternative blues-rock band and are two time nominees for Group of the Year at the Juno Awards. Hailing from Canada, the group is currently promoting their themed album series consisting of: Remnin Park, Demons, Sing In My Meadow, and Wilderness. The themed album series was an 18 month long production and the band is using their current tour to show off some brand new music. They are an experienced band with albums that have gone 2x platinum, platinum, and gold in Canada.  The Cowboy Junkies will be performing in Harrisburg on March 7 at the Whitaker Center. Be there or be square!

Band Page: http://latentrecordings.com/cowboyjunkies/

Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/02004772DF4795F6?brand=brepresents

Representing The Underrepresented: UGK

The rap savvy may have discovered UGK, however they  remain a largely unknown group. The incarceration of Pimp C in 2002 led to Bun B forming a grass roots movement to free his counterpart in the rap duo. In doing so Bun B released the album Trill to support his partner. This brought Bun B attention on a national level and soon after attention to UGK’s 2007 album Underground Kingz (what UGK stands for). UGK’s recent recordings have surfaced in the main media, but most of their older recordings still remain in the underground scene.  This is their song “Underground” from the 1994 album  Super Tight.

 

** Warning, the content below is heavily explicit. If you are offended by this as a listener please choose a different selection from the Music tab.

 

Spotlight: UKF Dubstep

UKF Dubstep is the self proclaimed leading provider of bass heavy music to the UK. Their youtube channel is also a really good source for upcoming dubstep and electronic music from quality artists that are outside the mainstream circle. This is a track from the Skeptiks who made their debut with the single “Cobwebs”, which found its way onto the Beatport Top Ten. “Without A Name” is definitely bass heavy.

 

Women’s Lacrosse: Dickinson Vs. Stevenson

Tune in this Saturday at 3 p.m. to listen to the sports broadcast of the women’s lacrosse game here on WDCV! Check out the #19 Dickinson Red Devils battle it out with the Stevenson Mustangs. Don’t have radio access? Can’t watch the game in person? Who cares, just use our internet live stream which is accesible from smart phones as well.

 

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Representing The Underrepresented: Jam Y’all Some Junior Reid

Hiding inside the inner circles of reggae’s deep cuts, Junior Reid has been considered an underground artist for most of his career. He became most noticed when rapper, The Game, sampled his track for the single “One Blood”. However that rap song is synonymous to a little known number originally recorded by Reid.  Here is the original for your listening pleasure.