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Kendrick Lamar and Flying Lotus team up on 'Never Catch Me'


Speaking of Cali hip-hop, two of the most important figures in the contemporary L.A. rap scene, Kendrick Lamar and Flying Lotus, just revealed a surprising new collaborative single. The pair embody two of the dominant themes that have been bouncing around it recently: on one hand, a nostalgia-tinged re-engagement with the city’s gangsta rap history, and on the other, a psychedelic deconstructionist movement, influenced by cosmic free jazz, that’s doing to the boom bap what Ornette Coleman did to bebop. They may seem like artists with very disparate goals, but “Never Catch Me” shows that they’re more compatible than they may seem on the surface.


5 great indie discoveries from the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City

Image Credit: Loren Wohl

The 31st annual CMJ Music Marathon took place in New York last week, bringing with it the typical deluge of (mostly) unsigned bands and a ravenous music press fueled by enthusiasm and free booze.

Featuring around 1300 acts spread over 80 venues across Brooklyn and the Lower East Side, the Marathon is as much an athletic test of endurance as the footrace from which it draws its name. But for all those bands looking to be the next xx or Arcade Fire – both of whom emerged triumphant from CMJ performances in years past – and for the savvy journalists looking to find them, it’s an exhausting and irresistible gold rush.


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