Chops are decidedly not the chief deficiency on Palmystery, the latest solo release from electric bass phenom Victor Wooten. Throughout, Béla Fleck’s funkiest Flecktone revels in his own virtuosity. Yet his coterie of guests, including guitarist Mike Stern and Soulive organist Neal Evans, keeps things from feeling too much like a Sam Ash clinic (except, maybe, on “The Lesson”). What stifles Palmystery is the New Age spiritualism that seems to compete with Wooten’s overdrive fusion. Gospel works wonders for him, but “I Saw God” is a phrase the maestro should leave to his fans.
Grand Theft Auto IV Tops $500 Million In 1st Week Sales Take-Two's Grand Theft Auto IV has lived up to the hype and raked in more than $500 million in its first week in stores. The highly anticipated title sold more than 6 million units worldwide, including 3.6 million units on its opening day. The game, which follows Eastern European immigrant-turned gangster Niko Bellic on crime missions around a fictional Liberty City, has received stellar...
Many of you have probably noticed the new Little Brother LP up for pre-order in our online store and listened to the new audio snippets we posted in our New Singles section yesterday. If you have, you're probably up on the obvious fact that the LBs have a brand new album dropping June 10th. The album, And Justus For All is comprised of seven new tracks as well as mastered versions of songs from the 2007 Mick Boogie mixtape of the same name. There's even a 9th Wonder reunion track on the album and four new bangers from Khrysis. To preview the snippets from the album, click here.
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Chaos erupted at a performance by 50 Cent in Angola last week after a man jumped onstage and snatched 50 Cent’s neck chain. The scene, captured on video and circulated on YouTube, above, shows a man rushing 50 Cent, interrupting his performance and quickly dashing off. A spokeswoman for 50 Cent at Interscope Records, the label that distributes his music, said the interloper had been prevented from leaving, and that 50 Cent’s chain had been recovered. In the video the scuffle appears to have set off a scramble of fans. It was not clear if anyone was hurt.