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Night Panther takes a cue from Beastie Boys in “Fever” video (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 12/21)

Explosions, expletives, exotic dancers - OH MY! Local disco duo Night Panther’s video for their single “Fever” features all the elements you could expect to see in a Tarantino film (plus a car chase!) in just under 12 minutes – but in a lo-fi, campier style, naturally. The video pulls elements of Beastie Boys’ 1994 “Sabotage” video, making its lengthy running time pass quickly with a story of murder, drug wars, and unfulfilled vengeance. (Please note that viewers should watch with caution as all the bold words above appear quite vividly in the video.) You can check out the band playing at Johnny Brenda’s on December 21st- go here for more information.

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Beastie Boys tribute night coming to The Fire on August 7th

It’s been a rough few months since Beastie Boys founding member Adam Yauch passed away at the all-too-tender age of 47. Though his absence leaves a yawning void in our hearts, his legacy as MCA leaves decades of amazing, groundbreaking music well worth celebrating. And that’s precisely the point of the event the folks at The Fire have put together. Brooklyn rap-rocker Don McCloskey will host an evening of music from DJs, MCs, and a house tribute band including local artistsChuck Treece, Tom Spiker, Damon Bennet, and Travis Woodson. Admission to the 21+ event is $10; show starts at 9. More info is available on the Facebook event page.

Below, watch the video for “Sabotage” from Beastie Boys’ 1994 Ill Communication. You know you want to.

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The Beastie Boys’ live concert film, Awesome, I F*ckin’ Shot That, to screen at The Trocadero on May 17th

The film features the Beastie Boys’ 2004 performance at Madison Square Garden in New York City and was shot by audience members and directed by Adam Yauch. It will screen at the Trocadero at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 17th; a $5 donation is suggested for the 21+ event (proceeds to benefit an as-yet-to-be-determined benefit of the Yauch family’s choosing).

You can watch the trailer for the film below.

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Coldplay, playing Wells Fargo Center in July, pay tribute to Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys

Photo by Bryan Bedder, Getty Images

Coldplay paid tribute to Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys at the Hollywood Bowl last Friday night. Yauch passed away on Friday. In 2009 Yauch was diagnosed with cancer after tumors were discovered in a salivary gland. The Beastie Boys were inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, however Yauch did not attend the induction ceremony. Below, watch Coldplay’s cover of “Fight For Your Right To Party.” Coldplay play the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday, July 5th and Friday, July 6th. Go herefor tickets and more information.

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Major Lazer remixes Beastie Boys/Santigold, Switch to appear at 618 Fest in Philly this Saturday

Major Lazer, aka DJs Diplo and Switch, has just released a remix of “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win,” a track from Beastie Boys’ latest album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. The dub cut features Santigold, a regular collaborator for both members of the dancehall-electro-reggae fusion project. The remix infuses a slightly harder reggaeton and percussive feel to the already hype tune, creating a perfect companion for summer dance floors. Listen to the track below.


In other Major Lazer news, Switch will be performing at this year’s 618 Fest, taking place this Saturday (June 18th) at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. The “electronically flavored music and arts festival” will feature 10+ hours of hip-hop and electronic music, in conjunction with plenty of interactive art and activities. Highlights will include a 60-foot graffiti wall with pros painting all day, sponsorship by Pabst Blue Ribbon, and all-day integrated performances by Sergio Flores, aka YouTube sensation the Sexy Sax Man.

The hip-hop portion of the 618 lineup will take place during the day, with Shwayze, Gilbere Forte, local Tayyib Ali, and more slated to perform until 5pm. Then, the electro takes over with Switch, Autoerotique, rapidly rising star Porter Robinson, the Cataracs and others playing until 10pm. Tickets are available for $49.50 (fees included for all prices); when you buy with 5 or more people, they go down to $42 each. VIP tickets with hookah lounge access and complimentary drinks and refreshments are $79. There is also an option to buy an electro-only ticket for admission after 5pm, which costs $38. All tickets can be found here. —Claire Fishkow

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David Bromberg to release star-studded new album on July 12th

Philly-born David Bromberg (who has been a Wilmington, DE, resident since 2002) is releasing a new album, Use Me, on July 12th on Appleseed Recordings. It’s a star-studded musical collaboration that includes appearances by Linda Ronstadt, Levon Helm, Dr. John, Widespread Panic, and Keb’ Mo’. Bromberg also worked with the Butcher Brothers (Phil and Joe Nicolo) who produced the album’s title song, a cover of the Bill Withers song, “Use Me.” Other contributions come from John Hiatt (who wrote a song for the album), Vince Gill, and Tim O’Brien. Below, a video of “Sharon” from a 1989 show Bromberg and his band performed in Cambridge, MA, followed by the song “Johnny Ryall” by The Beastie Boys (which sampled “Sharon”).

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