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Get Out And Vote 2008. Ben Harper, Tenacious D, Crosby & Nash, Beastie Boys. 11/2/2008

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Beastie Boys Announce “Get Out and Vote” Shows
By Larry Fitzmaurice for spin
Photo by Brian Moghadam

As Election Day approaches, many musicians are stepping up efforts to rally voters to the polls come November 4. The latest to vote with their instruments? Hip-hop luminaries the Beastie Boys, staunch Obama supporters who just unveiled a handful of “Get Out and Vote” shows.

“This election is too important to stay at home,” the rap trio told Billboard.com. “We hope that you can come out, have a nice night, dance, sing, get your freak on, and then wake up the next morning and get everyone that you possibly can to get out and vote.”

The mini-tour — set to hit three swing states decisive to the election — kicks off October 28 in Richmond, VA, and is followed by shows in St. Paul, MN, and Milwaukee, WI, Nov. 1-2, respectively. The shows will also feature performances by such artists as Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Santogold, Ben Harper, and Tenacious D.

Beastie Boys’ “Get Out and Vote” dates:
10/28, Richmond, VA (Richmond Coliseum) (w/ Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Jack Johnson, and Santogold)
11/1, St. Paul, MN (Roy Wilkins Auditorium) (w/ Ben Harper and Tenacious D)
11/2, Milwaukee, WI (U.S. Cellular Arena) (w/ Ben Harper, Crosby & Nash and Tenacious D)

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Tine Tempah at the PC Richard Theater. 5/16/2011. For iheartradio

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Words by Dave Morris for spinner

“I’m just a regular guy,” the prodigious Brit award-winning London MC tells Spinner, smiling broadly in a pair of Wayfarer shades and a carefully selected leather jacket. “Life has been pretty cool, life has been pretty alright. I grew up with my mum and dad, enjoyed school — didn’t really mind it, had loads of friends and all that. I just think that there’s that kind of ordinary person who’s been missing within hip-hop.”

Actually, there have been lots of average guys in hip-hop, none of them as verbally dexterous — or as commercially savvy — as the 22-year-old Tempah. The UK already knows how exceptional he is; Tempah’s debut album, ‘Disc-Overy,’ came out last fall there and debuted at No. 1, as did his addictively tuneful singles ‘Pass Out’ and ‘Written in the Stars.’ With ‘Disc-Overy’ finally dropping in North America this week, Tempah is already seeing more success than the vast majority of British musical exports.

Like a number of other south London rappers who blazed the trail Tinie Tempah’s been on, he got his start on the grime circuit. “I definitely did quite a few raves. A lot of it was like pirate radio stations as well, so, we were just really on the circuit, like grime side. It was like a really small, local thing; a lot of the same nights and local radio stations everybody would go to. I would just make sure that I was in attendance, and did a couple young-man-standing things like that.”

‘Disc-Overy’ is much more accessible and radio-friendly than most of what had been dubbed grime, at least until first-wavers Dizzee Rascal and Wiley broke through to the pop mainstream; Tempah declines to put a genre stamp on his music — though it’s basically hip-hop with a decidedly pop-friendly bent.

Hooks are everywhere, from his club-friendly collab with Swedish House Mafia, ‘Miami 2 Ibiza’ to the chilled out, nostalgic ‘Snap’ where Tempah dazzles with a light touch and an ear for detail: “There’s some we frame, and then there’s some we crop… I had a thousand free minutes til they cut me off/Talking to this chick who used to love me up.” And it doesn’t hurt that he eschews most of the yardie patois and slang that has kept many a talented Brit rapper from breaking in America.

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