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Skype Williams's Album Is Putting Straight Beats on Gay Hip Hop

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The pressure to conform to some "straight shit"  almost derailed Jackson’s music career. In his early twenties, when Interview Magazine requested a photo to accompany an interview about his music, “I was like, ‘I kind of can't do it because I'm gay,’" Jackson recalls, thinking about his family in Queens. Now, the DJ, producer, rapper, singer is back with a straight but gay album. We met up with the multidisciplinary to discuss being late...

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Annie O Presents: SonReal

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On May 30, Annie O presents SonReal at The Top of The Standard. The Award-winning Canadian hip hop artist is known for his free online albums and mixtapes The Stroll, One Long Day, and For the Town. He went on to be nominated for the Juno Awards' Rap Recording of the Year for his 2014 single Everywhere We Go. Annie caught up with the rapper to talk personal and professional growth, his new album The Aaron and what to expect from his show at The Standard, High Line on Thursday.

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Annie O Presents: Beau

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The two ladies from Beau, Emma Rose and Heather Goldin will be performing at Annie O’s music series at The Standard, East Village on April 23rd. They will be sharing some tunes from their new album in The Penthouse. They have been working on their sophomore record at Electric Lady Studios this past year. Annie O, who gave them their first show a couple of years ago for their first release, caught up with them in Manhattan earlier this week.

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Annie O Presents: Jack Gray

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Jack Gray moved all the way across the world, from a small town in North Queensland, Australia to Los Angeles. He toured with fellow Australian artist Dean Lewis in the U.S. and Canada, decamped to Nashville to do some songwriting, debuted new tracks every few weeks and now he’s set to release his first-ever EP, Nights Like This on May 31st. It’s been quite the momentous year for 20-year-old, to say the least. He will be in New York performing his latest alt-pop tracks at The Standard, East Village on June 3rd. In advance of the show, Gray caught up with Annie O to talk about his artistic process and the exciting new projects he’s got in the works. 

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Benji B Goes For It

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The BBC Radio 1 presenter and one of UK's most respected DJs is also a Kanye West collaborator and Louis Vuitton's Music Director. We asked Benji B. 4 questions before he plays Le Bain on Friday, April 26th. 

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Annie O Presents: Angelique Kidjo

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Angelique Kidjo’s next album, due April 19, will be “Celia,” a tribute to the Afro-Cuban singer Celia Cruz. “Quimbara,” the first cover, was one of Cruz’s signature songs in the 1970s. "Kidjo reconnects the salsa original to West Africa, layering the song with a tumbling six-beat rhythm, a brass-band undertow and a tangle of scurrying guitar lines while she belts with enough grit to rival Cruz herself.” - The New York Times. Annie O is welcoming Angelique back to Standard Sounds at TOTS, on April 16.

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