It's Monday morning and my bones hurt. I'm tired, hung-over, and there's a slight ringing in my ears. It's time for work. The pit-falls of Sunday at Clockenflap are that Monday comes round just as it would any other week and Hong Kong works hard. Luckily for Clockenflap it plays hard too.
In its eighth year Clockenflap continues to get bigger, but still has a small and very relaxed feeling which lulls you into things. As the temperature soars and people begin to regret their choice of 'cold weather' clothing the beer tents swell and the music starts to take hold. On the YourMum stage local noise-rock group Prune Deer begin to draw in a small crowd by the end of their blistering set. The sound quality here is fantastic and between their fierce riffs and spacey breaks they show why they're one of Hong Kong's most promising young bands. The stage line-up is one of the best of the day; with the bunny-mask donning Sleep Party People throwing a crowd-surf friendly set full of lynchian loveliness and Japanese weird-out kings Bo Ningen melting plenty of faces; definitely two bands worth checking out. Bo Ningen need to be seen to be believed, vocalist Taigen Kawabe is mesmerising as a front-man, between his supersonic ramblings and what we can only describe as a death-squeal, you really need to see the quartet for yourself.
After a recommendation we went to checkout Shugo Tokumaru who was a delightful discovery. Another Japanese artist, Tokumaru's delicate indie-pop was perfect under the sun. His charming multi-instrumental compositions were endearingly performed by a full live-band. If you like the sassier side of Belle and Sebastian or the uplifting naivety of The Shins then this one's for you.
Continue reading: Clockenflap - 29 November 2015 Live Review
Blackalicious Star Mc Gift Of Gab Is Undergoing Dialysis After Suffering Kidney Failure.
The 44-year-old rapper, real name Timothy Parker, has revealed he endured a major medical crisis back in 2012 just as the band was poised to launch a comeback.
The group's revival was put on hold after doctors diagnosed him with kidney failure and he spent a month in hospital, but he is now undergoing regular dialysis treatment and is ready to go back to work to launch their first album in a decade.
He tells the New York Post, "I thought I had the flu, but then I realised I couldn't walk 10 steps without being exhausted... I went through a lot of things mentally. I didn't know if I could do a show or tour, but I'm on dialysis now, and I'm actually thriving."
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Rap Duo Blackalicious Are Set To Release Their First Album In 10 Years.
Rapper Gift of Gab and producer Chief Xcel will release their fourth studio album independently in August (15).
Chief Xcel, real name Xavier Mosley, tells Rolling Stone, "Imani Vol. 1 is our fourth album and marks another milestone in our career.
"Each album we do together tends to be a journey within itself that represents a very specific chapter of our lives..."
Continue reading: Blackalicious To Release First Album In 10 Years
British actor Daniel Radcliffe stunned fans during an appearance on late-night Tv in America on Tuesday (28Oct14) when he showed off his hip-hop skills by rapping his way through Blackalicious' tongue-twisting track Alphabet Aerobics.
During an interview on America's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, he explained, "I think initially I got into Eminem and... I think I was the first kid in my class to learn all the words to The Real Slim Shady... There's also a guy called Plan B in England (who I'm a fan of)... but I've always had kind of an obsession with memorising complicated, lyrically intricate and fast songs..."
Just when you thought it wasn't possible to love Daniel Radcliffe anymore…
Ever since we first saw him as Harry Potter 13 years ago, we’ve known Daniel Radcliffe was one pretty talented guy. But it turns out that Radcliffe’s talents actually stretch even further than we first thought. Appearing on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ on Tuesday (October 28th), the 25 year old showed off an unexpected hidden talent, yes it turns out Radcliffe can rap too!
Daniel Radcliffe can rap, who knew
Radcliffe was appearing on Fallon’s sofa to promote his new movie ‘Horns’, in which he plays Ig, an outcast who one day wakes up to find a pair of horns growing from his forehead, giving him special powers.
Fatboy Slim - real name NORMAN COOK - is promising fans his new album PALOOKAVILLE is a mixture of "different sounds", and is a departure from his last record, 2000's HALFWAY BETWEEN THE GUTTER AND THE STARS.
Cook says, "It's quite different from the last few because music has moved on a lot in the last few years.
Continue reading: Fatboy Slim New Album Is 'Experimental'
Five of reggae legend Bob Marley's sons are teaming up for a tour of North America.
BOB MARLEY: Roots, ROCK, REGGAE FESTIVAL kicks off on 7 August (04) in Portsmouth, Virginia, and will feature ZIGGY, STEPHEN, JULIAN, DAMIAN and Ky-Mani Marley as a group, performing solo material and their late father's hits.
Hollywood veteran Harrison Ford has outed himself as a devotee of hip-hop music.
And 60-year-old Ford confesses to being a closet rap-fan.
Continue reading: Harrison Ford: Rap Fanatic