When you dare to combine genres of music, you dare to combine more than simply sound and style. An audacious blend of music can bring together diverse cultures, and in the realm of American society there are few backgrounds more disparate than that of small-town bluegrass and the deep urban flavor of hip-hop. On Thursday night, the 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center made easy work of the task, lead by the prototypical alchemist of the genres, Gangstagrass.
The dirty, lonesome sound of Gangstagrass may have traditionalists daydreaming that both Bill Monroe and Eazy E are rolling over in their graves.
We're not even two months into 2014 and already the rush of new releases is upon us. What albums are the DJs of KDHX most excited about? These lists will give you a good hint.
Loving music means supporting those who make it, and there's no better way to do that than to pick up a brand new album at a brick and mortar record store near you.
One of KDHX's few hip-hop DJs, Wil Wander shows off the finer side of the genre during his show "Elevated Rhymestate," which can be heard early on Thursdays from 3 to 5 a.m. Central. With a focus on laidback or smooth sounds and poetic lyrics, Wil picks from the early rhymes of the 1980s or '90s, as well as newer releases, including some hip-hop from around the world.
This past year, my concert schedule started with a frantic pace, but then unfortunately dwindled away a bit due to increasing limitations on time and finances.
This is probably my favorite year-end list to make. Videos today are as diverse as the music they accompany, and in some cases, they rival the big screen in production value. This year's lot has definitely elevated the standard of video excellence.
2013 was a great year in music with both new and veteran artists putting out some quality stuff. Of course, music is subjective; and so are lists. No two music lovers' Top 10 is going to be the same, but it's fun to share nonetheless.