Experimental electro-punk trio Erase Errata released their third album, Nightlife, on July 25, unleashing a collection of punk tracks that slide in where riot grrrls such as Bikini Kill left off. The San Francisco-based female group’s Kill Rock Stars debut features the single “Tax Dollar.” Crunchy guitars kick off the song, ushering in heavy drums and chanting vocals reminiscent of Le Tigre’s memorable political anthems. More punk than electro, the group’s visceral sound dabbles in multiple genres, often landing somewhere in the vein of early-’80s postpunk politicos Gang of Four. In Top 40 news comes the long-awaited return of Ms. Dirrty herself, Christina Aguilera. The double album Back to Basics finds the former teen-pop queen trading in her raunchy chaps from 2002’s Stripped for some jazz-infused throwback tunes. The single “Ain’t No Other Man” draws from the signature sound of R&B legends such as Etta James with an updated spin by superproducer DJ Premier on a tasty sample. Aguilera’s new jam drops Aug. 15.
a reunion tour
Vinyl Static thought it couldn’t get much better after Os Mutantes reclaimed the stage with their psychedelic Brazilian pop — but it does. Underground MCs, A Tribe Called Quest, have regrouped to hit the road on 17 dates, stopping in Illinois for a show at Chicago’s Congress Theater on Sept. 15. What brought the trio of Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad back to the spotlight after an eight-year hiatus? The tour promotes the basketball game “NBA 2K7” which features Phife Dawg along with a bevy of rappers as players. Technology — bringing people together.
Outkast is set to release the soundtrack to their musical film Idlewild, set in the South during Prohibition, on Aug. 22. The pair’s only joint effort on the album is a tune called “Mighty O,” but the video for a Big Boi-only number called “Morris Brown” recently dropped, and it’s yummy. The Willy Wonka-esque video’s background barbershop-quartet vocals roll over playful marching-band drums and horns. Big Boi’s rhymes are on point as always, but the single is still missing something — Andre 3000.
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