Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Hoods in Canada this week

Head up to the nosebleed section of your closest Canadian venue to check out Suffa MC, Pressure MC, and DJ Debris. Together they form Australian hip-hop group Hilltop Hoods. On their home turf, the Hoods bring their high energy performance to countless sold out crowds and share main stage status at festivals with the likes of Arcade Fire and Rage Against the Machine. And keep your eyes on the streets for the Hilltop Hoods special edition DC shoe, because we all know the highest pinnacle of fame is reached once your name is on footwear. The Hoods are now seeking such notoriety outside of Australia. With Canadian dates beginning this week in Victoria, Vancouver, Whistler, and Toronto, this is a show which surely can't be missed. On some levels, I do tend to associate Hilltop Hoods with foreign counterparts, such as our own Swollen Members. (I'm not sure if that's a positive or a negative..?) But then I hear how fluidly and effortlessly these guys distribute their lyrics over top of some great samples as well as contributions from the likes of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and see that there is some great musicianship at work here by people who are obviously not afraid to try something new and further extend the borders of current hip-hop. Check their myspace page for full show and venue details.

- Matty B.

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