May 2nd, 2013
We’ve had a kickass year here at KOXY. Endless thanks to Hip Hatchet, Titus Andronicus, Ceremony, Le Cos, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Bastidas!, Luna Is Honey, The Silver Lake Chorus, !!!, Vice Cooler, Teenage Sweater, Aftergloam, Kristoff Krane, Peaceful Antelopus, Rounak Maiti, Warmm, Campus Security, Simian Pillage, Airborn, The Shifty Wumbologists, Captain Crabby & The Crabcakes, Kainoa King, ibid., Nina Carlin, 420 Dank Crew, DJ Griff Carter, CMTGTH;TATQ, Tyler Ollanik, and D R A G O O N for playing KOXY events this year. And endlesser thanks to everyone who came out to our shows, helped us set up, spread the word about any of our events, listened to our station, put our stickers or tats on their shit or themselves, wore our shirts, said our name. We love you all.
Until next year,
April 25th, 2013
MC Illogic and beat-maker Blockhead have teamed up for “Capture the Sun,” and an incredible roster of rappers join them on the album.
Indie rap supporters and rappers keep saying how it’s the album of the year. One full listen through, and I think I agree. As a major major Atmosphere fan though, I wish Slug’s appearance on the album sounded less stupid. Oh well. Blueprint sounds great, Kristoff Krane slides into the last song wonderfully, and Zero Star flows with Illogic well.
Stream the whole thing here:
Now that Occidental hosted Kristoff Krane and has received interest from other indie rap artists wanting to perform, maybe it’ll become a road stop for these artists. I can dream. This album makes you a more informed fan.
March 28th, 2013
Remember when Macklemore & Ryan Lewis tore it up at Springfest? Remember those rad dudes called Brothers From Another who opened the show? Well, KOXY’s own DJ Quaff Nemesis and DJ Honey Bunches of Coats from the acclaimed radio show The Underground Sound sat down with them in the KOXY studio before their performance! Listen to the interview here, and check out BFA’s awesome (and fantastically affordable) music at their bandcamp page!
Brothers From Another Interview – The Underground Sound (27:25)
March 24th, 2013
So about two weeks ago, Beyoncé Queen Of Mortals released a new single entitled “Bow Down / I Been On” on her Soundcloud. If you haven’t heard it, it’s worth checking out.
It’s a really interesting song, and it has been the target of much criticism both for its style and its substance. Old-guard Queen Bey fans have struggled to connect to a song that falls, in a musical sense, well outside the scope of what we’ve come to expect Beyoncé’s recorded music to sound like. Lyrically it is a self-promotional, anti-hater anthem that subordinates her female audience with one simple command: “bow down, bitches.” Feminists, fellow musicians, and even Rush Limbaugh (although for entirely different, and entirely offensive reasons) have come down hard upon this track and its purveyor for publishing a song that so directly and bluntly counteracts Beyoncé’s canon of pro-woman, pro-feminist music. And on the surface these critiques hold up: saying “bow down, bitches” to your female audience seems to work against a movement of empowerment and independence for women. But the song is more complex than that. Much more complex.