The once-underground hip-hop artist Common painted himself into a corner a while ago as a chin-stroking hippie who can still hang with the harder types. It might've gotten Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. a few Hollywood jobs, but it didn't help diversify his image -- and image counts for a lot in Common's business.
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British DJ and producer (Will Holland) brings the sounds of the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa – fused with his special brand of funk and soul to the Echoplex on August 15th. He will be joined by his Combo Barbaro featuring Alfredito Linares, Freddy Colorado, Malcolm Catto and Nidia Gongora on vocals; plus special guests J. Rocc and Nu-Mark will perform DJ sets. This is going to be a special show.
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A native of Linz, Austria's third largest city, Parov Stelar – AKA the rather more Teutonic-sounding Marcus Fuereder - is the head of Etage Noir Recordings. Home to a small but colourful roster of like-minded musicians, DJs and producers, the label nurtures those who share a love of fusing modern dance beats with more organic sounds.