Welcome back to the proverbial Terrordome, ladies and gentleman! First and foremost, G-Side is coming to The End on Wednesday, and you should be totally pumped. If you're not totally pumped, you haven't been paying attention and I'm going to have to insist that you read the really great feature story that ran in the latest issue of Spin. Or you can read my way-shorter Critic's Pick in the dead-tree edition of the Scene. And I quote:
You know, for an indie act from right down the road, Huntsville's G-Side almost never stops here in Music City. Hell, it's been well over a year since the Rocket City rap outfit played one of the best sets we've ever seen at SoundLand — or Next Big Nashville, or whatever it was called whenever that was. Since then, they've released two stellar albums — January's One and last month's Island — and played shows across the globe, developing an international reputation for creating some of the most progressive, infectious hip-hop out there. Tracks from their latest record like “Cast Away” and “Stay-cation” tow a line between classic soul melodies and Asmovian, deep-space soundscapes that one would expect from our nation's rocket science capital. The best part of G-Side's rise (they're part of Spin's underground rap-themed issue “The Changing Face of Hip-Hop” — not bad for some kids from ’Bama) is that with each step forward into the limelight, their music has gotten better.
If you haven't heard Island, get your ass over to their Bandcamp page ASAP. Local favorites Chancellor Warhol, OpenMic and Future are on the bill too. Basically, you can't fuck with this show, but you better fuck with this show — if you know what I mean.
Now it's time for more partying and more bulllshitting after the jump.
* Not entirely sure how this one from Murfreesboro's Katalyst went under my radar for nearly a month. It's got everything I love: food references, gnarly synth lines, weed and, most importantly, the classic "Party and Bullshit" chant which gave this column its name. You can scope Katalyst's debut mixtape over on Dat Piff.
* Dee Goodz dropped the two final installments of "Yacht Club Adventures" this week. Are you guys pumped for Donald G yet? You should be.
* Oh shit and oh damn, that's my motherfuckin' jam! No seriously, "Soul Finger" by The Bar-Kays is one of my favorite songs of all time, a staple of my DJ sets and the root of more than a couple inappropriate jokes. Call It Anything's BlackCat Sylvester and local turntable terrorist Ugly Lovelly manageto make this track even more infectious, dropping in some Jay-Z and gut-rattling synths. Fun stuff.
* If you're not down with Bill Breeze yet, you better rectify that shit. His Ill in the Ville tape this summer was dope and the new tracks he's posting on Soundcloud are hot as hell. I am particularly fond of his work with DJ Burn One, but you probably could have guessed that.
* Swagnum PI's alter-ego, comedian Gary Fletcher, is headlining Zanies on Wednesday. He's a funny mother fucker and you should check him out before you go to The End.
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