Antiwarpt Music Festival was founded by five local music enthusiasts who wanted a place to showcase the area’s immense pool of talent that spanned a wide range of genres and tastes. What has become Tampa Bay’s biggest music festival (earning several “Best of the Bay” nods from Creative Loafing) is back, poised to to raise the bar after 2 years of successful St. Pete take-overs. This year it’s going down on Saturday, July 28th, with 10 venues participating.
In last week’s article I got carried away with some dismissive acknowledgement of Kitty Pryde’s growing popularity. In reality, I like her EP. Part of me wants to tell you “how could I possibly identify with a teenage girl’s giggly lyrics about her boyfriend (and/or whatever)?”. Not sarcastic–really, how could I? But that would accidentally imply that I can identify with Waka Flocka Flame or something. Ultimately rapping has everything to do with the flow and the moment, and Kitty doesn’t miss a beat.
Update: Should be noted that GRANT calls for rappers (to use his beats) on his Bandcamp (hence K-Pryde intro)
So you think you can rap? You probably can if success is measured by people’s curiosity.
Few would have guessed Kitty Pryde could rap (jury’s still out) before the high schooling white chick did her best Kreayshawn, becoming a Tumblr-wave sensation with her EP “haha i’m sorry“ [sic] + bubble gum videos (and note: In 2012, Tumblr popularity can tumble into legitimate mainstream media attention).
The Beat Tape
GRANT, who is in fact younger than Kitty, fits into the picture as the producer of “Give Me Scabies” from Kitty’s EP – lovely. Perhaps overshadowed by the rapidly growing success of labelmate, xxyyxx, GRANT appears poised to grab some limelight. Aside from the good karma buzzing around him, Beat Tape Vol. 1 measures out some big beats to go with well-screwed samples of anonymous jazz/funk/who-knows. Check it:
“Ecstasy”, as well as the rest Beat Tape Vol. 1, is available for free download over on GRANT’s Bandcamp. If your computer has a mic on it and you can ride a beat, freestyle your favorite Livejournal sentiments and you might just wake up to 10,000 internet friends.
Does it feel like summer yet?
Real question (I don’t go outside). Assuming yes, I think it’s safe to enjoy Pop Glow’s new 5-track EP, “Summer Singles”
Summery? Very. (Ironically enough, the members of Pop Glow live in Winter Haven)
Jump in with “Sunrise” as it bumps along with trappy hat syncopation, cheerful synths, the usual Pop Glow vocoder lushness, and a big, satisfying hook.
Also try out “Clear Your Mind”, featuring a conspicuous drum sampling you might just recognize. Here’s a hint.
Unrelated PS – Site’s still kinda broken; we’ll get there.