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Funky Friday: Roots Picnic edition

RootsPicnic_2013_Schedule_WEB Tomorrow is the Roots Picnic at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing with a stellar lineup including Naughty By Nature, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Grimes, Joey Bada$$, Trinidad James, Gary Clark, Jr., Solange, Grimes, Robert Glasper, How To Dress Well, Philly’s Lushlife, DJ Premiere and others. The music starts at Noon; schedule is above. Being that’s it’s Funky Friday today, we bring you the Roots Picnic edition of Funky Friday with some of our favorite jams below. See you at the picnic!


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Download Major Lazer’s remix of “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (playing Roots Picnic on Saturday, June 1)

macklemore-960 Below, download a Major Lazer remix of “Can’t Hold Us,” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. It’s an unstoppable groove-a-thon, perfect for any party.

Major Lazer’s new album, Free The Universe, is out now. They play the Mad Decent Block Party on Saturday, July 27.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis play the Roots Picnic on Saturday, June 1. Tickets here.

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Made In America announces lineup: Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, Haim, Kendrick Lamar, Fitz and the Tantrums, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Public Enemy, Beyonce and more

Here’s the lineup for this year’s Made In America festival.
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MIA Facebook special pre-sale happens Monday, April 15th, 10AM through Tuesday, April 16th, 10PM EST. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 17th at 10AM. Go here for ticket information.

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Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (featuring Mary Lambert)

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are a hip-hop duo from Seattle who have taken the music world by storm since the independent release of their 2012 album The Heist. The week of the album’s release in October, 2012, it debuted at number two on the Billboard Top 200 charts, right below the number one album of the week, Mumford & Son’s Babel. The band’s incredible debut promptly caused a lot heads to turn. Both music fans and music industry folks who weren’t aware of the duo were asking “Who are Macklemore & Lewis.”

Since the release of The Heist, the duo (rapper Macklemore and producer/DJ Ryan Lewis), have been on Saturday Night Live, recorded an NPR Music All Songs Considered Tiny Desk Concert (watch below), are selling out venues all over the country, and have universally received overwhelmingly positive reviews for the album and their energy. The popularity of the album and band show no signs of slowing down. In fact, last week, the duo’s song “Thrift Shop” had its 12th week as number one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, setting the record for the longest-running No. 1 rap song in the chart’s history.

But while “Thrift Shop’s” popularity continues to build, the song “Same Love” (featuring Mary Lambert) is the song from the album that has music fans and supporters of LGBT rights around the world uniting around its message. Thank Ellen DeGeneres who put the song on a broader public stage when she invited the rap duo to sing the song on her show last October. The song became the theme for the Washington State Referendum 74 movement, which ultimately led to the approval of and legalization of the same-sex movement in the State. About the song, Macklemore told Kurt Anderson of Studio 360 that misogyny and homophobia “are the two acceptable means of oppression in hip-hop culture. It’s 2012. There needs to be some accountability. I think that as a society we’re evolving and I think that hip-hop has always been a representation of what’s going on in the world right now.”

Neither gay or African-American, Macklemore is using rap music to bring people together with an important message. “Strip away the fear/Underneath it’s all the same love/About time that we raised up.” Below, listen to the song and be sure to watch the video for “Same Love.”

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Watch Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on Saturday Night Live (playing Roots Picnic in June)

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed on Saturday Night Live last Saturday night. They’ll be back in Philly at the Roots Picnic on Saturday, June 1st along with Gary Clark Jr., Naughty By Nature, Grimes, Lushlife, How To Dress Well, DJ Premier, Solange and others. Go here for tickets to the show and more information. Watch their performances below.

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Kate Bracaglia’s Top 5 Music Videos of 2012

For The Key’s year-in-review, we asked our trusted sources – our writers and photographers, XPN’s on-air staff, fellow bloggers in the Philly scene and even a few musicians – to send us their Top Five Whatevers. Could be the traditional music route – albums, songs, concerts of the year – or it could be only loosely connected. We’ll be sharing these recaps every day through to the end of the year. Contributing writer Kate Bracaglia opted to weigh in on the visualized music we saw in 2012.

Music videos: they’re so much fun, and sometimes they contain biting social commentary too. This year there were so many amazing vids that making this list was hard—and so quick shout-outs to Passion Pit, “Take a Walk” (filmed in Philly!), Jaill, “Perfect Ten” (colored slime, GG Allin antics), Hot Panda, “Future Markets” (weird masks/futurism), Nicky Romero, “Toulouse” (MORE weird masks, creepy dancing), and The Very Best, “Kondaine” (men visit Kenyan medicine man, get turned into goats), which were so close to making the cut. But in the end there can only be five. Continue reading →

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