With the eerily realistic resurrection of Tupac via hologram at Coachella this past weekend, we couldn't help but imagine what it would be like to see more of our favorite lost legends come back to life. What we'd pay to see them in the flesh (kinda) once more! This is an open letter to the Hologram Gods, here's a list of icons you need to get to work on next. Chop chop.
10. Kurt Cobain/Nirvana
Nicky Egan, Le Poisson Rouge, 7PM
by Kelsey Paine
Having gone to high school back in Massachusetts with two of Nicky Egan's band members, I knew I had to check out their soulful set at Le Poisson Rouge. Originally from Philadelphia, Egan recently graduated from Berklee School of Music in Boston where she formed her band. The group's sound blends old school funk, R&B and rock, all intertwined with Egan's strong and smokey vocals, a cross between Etta James and Janis Joplin. These kids are serious about their music--Egan bangs out notes on her piano with a power and confidence far beyond her age, and Johnny Simon's guitar solo on an Aretha Franklin cover was sexy and electrifying. Look for Nicky Egan's debut solo album Good People to come out soon.
Nottz (and special guests), Sullivan Hall, 8:30PM
Machiavelli said it best:
"A prince who wishes to achieve great things must learn to deceive..."
The man who released more albums while dead (or supposedly dead - I really don’t know anymore) than when he was alive has deceived us yet again. With the help of the Brooklyn group Boot Camp Clik, Tupac Shakur will release the joint project March 20th. However, the album is only being released in digital form, so the only way to get it is through a digital distributor such as iTunes.
The 18-track LP, named One Nation, was a long time dream of his manifested - East coast musicians working with West coast musicians on one joint venture. At the time of Tupac’s untimely death (and I use the word death very loosely) there was much tension between the two opposite coasts which some believe caused the unfortunate ending to the lives of Tupac and fellow rapper the late Notorious BIG.
It’s no secret that Notorious represents one of the largest bioflicks ever made. The media buzz surrounding it is more like blaring siren. Behind the glamour and celebration of one of Hip Hop’s greatest, however, lies a piece that shows a gritty, dark side to the rap mogul; a side that even his own mother was unaware. But in that depiction, a positive side can be found.
In an ABC interview, when asked about the movie depiction of her son’s darker side, Ms. Wallace commented that “seeing certain things happening, putting it together, seeing it in its entirety -- it was completely different. I wanted to be shocked, and shocked I was. Angry I was, very very, angry.” It is no secret to his fans that Notorious was involved in womanizing drugs, violence. In fact, those vices formed the basis for a majority of his music. Seeing it on screen as a mother, though, is an entirely different experience than that of a fan. In her own words, “As a mother, you're trying to make a life for your son. To find out that during the time when he was supposed to be in school, he was not in school; knowing that he was selling drugs -- that pissed me off. I thought that was disrespectful.”