The Coup (featuring Boots Riley)
The Coup is:
Boots Riley: Lyrics, Vocals, Production, Handclaps, Dancin and Keyboard tweeks.
Pam The Funkstress: Scratches and Poplocking
Silk-E: Vocals and gettin her muthafuckin gig on.
B'nai Rebelfront: Guitar and "not a damn thing else".
J.J. Jungle: Bass, Backflips, and Spins.
Hassan Hurd: Drums and football.
LJ: Organ and other keys.
"[Boots Riley] is a consummately charismatic front man, establishing
his as one of the best live rap acts
going, after Philadelphia untouchables the Roots."
"The Coup isn't a rock 'n' roll band. It's a hip-hop band. But they
are a miracle of everyday life and
proved it at Emo's on Saturday night. I have no idea when the Coup
turned into one of the best bands on
the planet, but here we are."
Salt Lake Tribune:
"The Coup now rules my world... possibly the best show I've seen this
year... Riley is one magnetic
frontman. If The Coup come back, don't miss the show."
Orange County Register:
"...after this tremendous breakthrough set [Coachella Festival], I
can't imagine the Coup will remain hip-
hop's best kept secret anymore."
"Every time I see them they rock progressively harder...the whole
house [was] going buck, even the
cranky-ass security guard...crazy stage presence."
San Jose Mercury/ Oakland Tribune:
"It's still early, but I'd be surprised if I see anything at Outside
Lands that impresses me more than the
Coup's set. It's always the same deal with this East Bay troupe, led
by genius rapper Boots Riley.
Whether they are playing Coachella or Rock the Bells or, now, Outside,
they always seem to outshine
"Silk E sings and struts like Tina Turner raised on hip-hop."
Los Angeles Times:
"Considerable musical chops... The Coup throws one fine party."
"Incendiary... live instrumentation to challenge even the wildest rock music."
About The Coup's "Pick A Bigger Weapon":
"#1 Album of the Year"
-- Associated Press
"#2 Album of the Year"
-- Murder Dog
"#7 Album of the Year"
-- Chicago Tribune
"#8 Album of the Year"
-- The Onion AV Club
"#9 Album of the Year"
-- Washington Post
Billboard says, " The Coup is the best hip-hop act of the past decade."
XXL says, "... the bigger weapon referred to in the album's title is
the increasingly sophisticated live funk
that oozes out of these grooves."
Village Voice says, "Fact is, the brother's some writer... His lesser
songs would be dookie gold on an
ordinary undie-rap album… Their low-slung rhythms imagine what might
have happened if Reagan-era
Prince had been less into getting some action and more into kicking up
some activism, or if P-Funk had
dabbled in politics, as well as psychedelics."
Rolling Stone says, "Riley's rhymes work so well because they're more
about real life than rhetoric... it's
the rare record that makes revolution sound like hot fun on a Saturday night."
PopMatters.com says, "The weapons The Coup use are wit, frankness,
storytelling, poetry, smooth soul
music and raw funk... Musically this is the sexiest Coup album yet."
Described most recently as “art-rock installation paratroopers” and “a studied form of New Wave anarchism” by Flash Art, a “Performance Galaxy” by Vanity Fair, “Super hard, incredibly fast and overall inspiring” by Thrasher, “more accessible than other bands of its genre” by the New Yorker, and “the best band ever, straight up” by Tokion, Japanther (www.japanther.com) has always been a band apart, running the gamut from performance art to punk rock and back again. Pushing parties to the limit ("Lincoln Center punk-rock concert turned mini-riot” -New York Post), Japanther returns in 2011 with Beets, Limes and Rice, a celebration of ten years in the underground and an ultra-contemporary meditation on catharsis and being in love in a time of darkness. Following on the heels of Rock ‘n’ Roll Ice Cream (2010), Beets, Limes and Rice was again recorded in the hills of Los Angeles with producer Michael Blum, who has worked with Michael Jackson, Madonna (Like a Prayer, Who’s That Girl), Pink Floyd and Suicidal Tendencies. From Venice Beach to Rockaway Beach, this new album delivers a new urban punk rock dance sound that bursts with California sunshine and amped-up collaborations with Ninjasonik, Erick Lyle, Total Warr and John McIntyr. Beets, Limes and Rice was written in the midst of "It Never Seems to End," an 84-hour performance piece in Vienna, Austria for TBA 21; in Paris, Venice, during cross-country travel from Juarez to Brooklyn to Bellingham, and lots of airports in between.
Bugs in the Dark
"Not many bands do it like Bugs in the Dark. Here's a group that wrap their sound up tightly, and unleash it just as strongly. The three-piece places charging riffs under singer Karen Rockower's soul-shaking vocals to weave a punishing set together that takes no prisoners. No reason to miss the Sonic Youth of years ago, this band is every bit as devastating and noisy, but you'll love the abuse." - The Deli Magazine