Occur Goes Global - The Music of Eritrea

Sunday, 2 October 2016 23:01
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music There seems to be two Eritreas: One is the young nation who fiercely fought for independence from Ethiopia for 30 years. Another is the oppressive regime of Isaias Afwerki, from which thousands flee monthly to avoid military service and censorship. We’re recognizing artists from both sides of the conflict.   Yohannes Tikabo This revered Eritrean ex-patriot earned international acclaim in 2013 when his anti-government anthem “Hadnetna” went viral. Some listeners, cited by the BBC, referred to Tikabo as... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Equatorial Guinea

Monday, 26 September 2016 03:13
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Music has long been a form of escapism for those under the regime of Obiang Nguema, a ruler under global scrutiny for corruption. Though oil flows freely in the nation of about 800,000, only a sparse few enjoy wealth. Here are five artists confronting these inequities through the power of song and rhythm.   Las Hijas del Sol Aunt-and-niece duo Piruchi Apo Botupá and Paloma Loribo Apo traveled from their native land to Spain and forged a formidable... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of El Salvador

Saturday, 17 September 2016 05:03
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music A Central American country that’s no stranger to hostility and upheaval, El Salvador finds comfort in its small but multifaceted music scene. From swing to metal to emotive electronica, here are five bands to fill your hearts with liberty.   Safari Volvo Do you miss bands like the Bravery and She Wants Revenge? The darkwave dance revival lives on through Safari Volvo. Synths and monotone, vampy vocals courtesy Gabriel and Rubrt lurk in the shadows on tracks such... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Egypt

Saturday, 10 September 2016 21:48
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music The birthplace of one of history’s greatest societies, Egypt has seen more than its share of dynamism, revolt and change. Throughout its eons of existence, from the creators of the pyramids to the militant rulers of today’s government, musicians and other fringe professionals have been telling their nation’s stories — the glorious and the ugly. Here are five Egyptian artists who are shaking things up.   HanyMust Hany Mustafa’s resume reads like that of a Hamilton cast member’s:... READ MORE

Sex Stains in the Land of La LA

Monday, 5 September 2016 04:48
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music “You’re like the first person I think I’ve talked to today,” Allison Wolfe says groggily. “There’s been a festival going on in the neighborhood and something kind of crazy. And we played last night. Everyone’s just been drinking all day and staying out really late.”   Such is the life of Sex Stains, a punky pandemonium with songs such as “Don’t Hate Me ’Cuz I’m Beautiful” and “Land of La LA.” The quintet is co-led by Wolfe,... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of Ecuador

Monday, 29 August 2016 03:44
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Ecuador boasts one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, lush with mountains, beaches and jungles. The music scene of the South American country is similar, embracing the native rhythms of the Kichwa peoples, as well as the latest trends in EDM and more. Here are five standouts from Ecuador you need to know about:   Zanska Born of a love of brass and pride for their people, Zanska fuse Latin, Afro-Caribbean and Anglo styles in their... READ MORE

Occur Goes Global - The Music of East Timor

Monday, 22 August 2016 00:34
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Legend has it that the island of Timor formed from an ancient crocodile. The peoples of East Timor have been as resilient as this founding reptile, surviving colonization by the Portuguese and Indonesians to become one of the planet’s newest independent countries in 2002. These five bands and musicians carry on that brave spirit through song.   Dili Allstars Singing about “the people’s hope and salvation” on the bubbly ska track “Liberdade,” this East Timor-Australian collective rose to... READ MORE

New Single: Kim Killspeed - Inside (Produced By Jeff Martin)

Monday, 15 August 2016 03:49
Tia Scott

  Music Australian pop folk band Kim Killspeed recently released their single "Inside," which has an alternative edge, mellow rock groove and liberating message. The song was recorded and produced by Jeff Martin (The Tea Party) at his studio in Byron Bay, Australia. On the track, you hear Jeff also assisting with acoustic guitar, bass and backing vocals. Lead singer Candy recently stated that "Inside" is about hating work and quitting her job to rock on. "It's about having faith in... READ MORE

New Video: diNMachine – ‘Dbl Trbl’

Monday, 15 August 2016 03:45
Tia Scott

  Music NYC-based electro-rock band diNMachine links up with Russian artist Patrick K.-H. and Greek artist Bestbefore to create an animated video for their pulsating single "Dbl Trbl," which is reminiscent of Herbie Hancock's quirky, groundbreaking visuals for his 1984 classic "Rockit." For "Dbl Trbl," the overall video is an electrifying mash-up of diNMachine, Patrick and Bestbefore’s collective vision and sound. Each party brought its own ideas, sketches and sequences together to eloquently blend it all into the unique, erratic musical/visual... READ MORE