Stream Immortal Technique Cohort Constant Flow's "Dog Tags"

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Constant Flow

The rapper Constant Flow rolls with Immortal Technique and is currently readying his suitably incendiary Ascension album (out September 2nd via Viper Records). Ahead of the project's release date, CF has dropped a new track titled "Dog Tags" which you can premiere here. While you're streaming the rambunctious rap workout, which also features verses from Swave Sevah and Akir, read on to digest Constant Flow's words explaining away the song's concept, what it's like working under Immortal Tech, and how he'd change parts of the prison system's private sector.

Stream "Dog Tags" after the jump.

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Exclusive Premiere: Rob Sonic's "Jesus Christ Supertramp" Video

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Rob Sonic: Great Rapper, Great with Song/Album Titles
From his new album Alice in Thunderdome out August 26th, we're proud to premiere the new Rob Sonic video "Jesus Christ Supertramp." Sonic, an elder-statesman of the New York hip-hop scene for almost two decades, has previously put out solo releases on Definitive Jux as well as part of Rhymesayers trio Hail Mary Mallon (With Aesop Rock and DJ Big Whiz) and, prior to that, in east coast cult classic duo Sonic Sum. Alice in Thunderdome is arriving on his own OK-47 Records imprint. We spoke to Sonic about the new album, where he's sharing production duties for the first time with Aesop Rock and Edison, video and what makes the Bronx the Thunderdome.

Watch Rob Sonic's new video after the jump.

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Pitchfork Goes 'Zine With The Pitchfork Review

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Credit: Sam Blum
The cover of TPR's third issue
After eighteen years at the forefront of online music journalism and criticism, Pitchfork has finally decided to cement itself as a purveyor of a quarterly print magazine. Last night, Pitchfork held a launch party for the third edition of its glossy imprint, The Pitchfork Review at Housing Works Bookstore in Soho. The event featured all of the trappings of what we could expect from such an event -- readings about music and feelings from Pitchfork staffers and an acoustic set from Dee Dee Penny of the Dum Dum Girls. The event was simple, but one striking thing seemed to linger in the air last night, and it had nothing to do with the poignant readings or Dee Dee Penny's earnest folk songs. The real question was, and still is, why the hell is Pitchfork deciding to do print in 2014?

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The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 8/15/14

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Credit: Emily Tan
Blood Orange headlines a free show in Central Park this Saturday
For more shows throughout the weekend, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

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J-CUSH on Lit City Rave: "Trust That the Energy Will Reach Ridiculous Levels All Night"

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Courtesy of Red Bull Music Academy
Lit City Trax is a New York-based record label that happens to throw some of the city's best parties. Founded in 2011 by Jamie Imanian-Friedman, also known as performer J-CUSH, the label puts out a steady stream of artists pushing past the edges of dance music. DJ Rashad, who tragically passed away this year, was instrumental in the label's beginnings. Their original goal was to bring the high-BPM micro-genre footwork, via Rashad's Chicago label Teklife, to the masses, but they've gone far beyond that. In 2014 they've released critically acclaimed albums by Traxman, UNIIQ3 and others, and last year they made Dazed And Confused's top labels of 2013 list.

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"The Assumption Is That I'm a Prop": On Being a Woman of Color in the Indie Music Scene

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Coming of age at post-hardcore, indie folk, lo-fi, twee shows in Pennsylvania, I never expected or looked for diversity on stage or in the crowd at shows. I had grown accustomed to being the only person of color in attendance. I was a child of the suburbs and used to existing in predominately, if not all, white spaces. In the latter days of my twenties, my experiences in the scene -- like being asked if I was a "halfie" by a girl in the Music Hall of Williamsburg bathroom or being assigned hip-hop coverage by editors once my ethnicity is made apparent -- have left me starved for more diversity. Whiteness and indie rock do not have to be inseparable, but the enforcement of that idea has made me contemplate how other women of color [WOC] in the scene have negotiated, navigated, and survived in the predominantly white landscape of indie rock.

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Claude VonStroke Gives a Taste of the Dirtybird BBQ

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Courtesy of Infamous PR // Credit: Dan Wilton
Listening to the dirtybird BBQ compilation is a smorgasbord of sounds and thematic rhythms for the senses. TDJ and Producer Claude VonStroke is the mastermind behind dirtybird Records, and has maintained a close friendship with his fellow DJ colleagues, many of whom will be on the BBQ tour with him, since it all began in 2005. This label and friend group is taking their annual 'dirtybird BBQ' to a national level. Originally started and held in San Francisco, the BBQ is touring the US and Canada in the upcoming months, and for the first time spreading around the dirtybird love and sound the way it was meant to be shared.

We spoke with Claude VonStroke while he was on vacation with his family in Mexico about what makes his label work and the special guest being featured at Sunday's BBQ.

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Tori Amos to Celebrate Two Decades of RAINN

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Tori Amos in an Early RAINN PSA
This weekend RAINN, the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network, is celebrating 20 years of providing an outlet for survivors and making a difference with a special banquet in Washington DC. Singer Tori Amos, who will be in attendance, has been a long time champion of the organization, even giving a memorable concert of her's benefitting RAINN aired on the Lifetime network in 1997. While Amos has been the name most associated with the organization, there have been a number of other known musicians ranging from R.E.M. and Sarah McLaughlin to Hootie and the Blowfish and Toad the Wet Sprocket who've helped raise awareness and donate their talents to RAINN. We spoke to RAINN co-founder Scott Berkowitz about how RAINN's grown over the past 20 years and the impact music's had on spreading the word.

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The Drug That Helped Turn the Beatles into the World's Greatest Band

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The Beatles left Liverpool for Hamburg in August of 1960. By the end of the 39 weeks they played there on four trips from 1960 to December 1962, Beatles biographer Mark Lewisohn estimates, the band played about 1,110 hours. On one trip to Germany, the band played 415 hours in 14 weeks.

That's a dream job for a bunch of teenagers. But it was still hard: The early Beatles' shows were raucous, and they didn't like to repeat themselves on stage. Lewisohn's new book -- Tune In, an engaging, detailed narrative of the Beatles from before birth to the eve of their big break in 1963 -- offers revelations as to what helped the band with this exhaustive work schedule: prellies, an upper that has since been removed from the market.


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Statik Selektah Has Invented a New Drink Called The M Train

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Statik Selektah
"I tried to make an album as if N.W.A. met A Tribe Called Quest, so jazzy but still gangsta," says the producer Statik Selektah of his new #WhatGoesAround project. Featuring hometown rhymers like Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Talib Kweli and Pharoahe Monch, the album drops on August 19th. Ahead of that, here's Statik explaining away his Twitter talk about Olympic diving challenges, the art of puking in Japanese sinks, and how he invented a drink called the M Train.

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