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I'm a big fan of the Sound Opinions podcast, which features music commentary, interviews, reviews, and more, from Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis. DeRogatis was the longtime music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, and Kot is the critic and the neighboring Tribune. I was catching up on their show last week when I listened to an episode featuring hip-hop supergroup Deltron 3030, who will be in Pittsburgh Tuesday at Altar Bar.
Here's Sound Opinions' description of the group:
Welcome to the 31st Century: Earth is a wasteland ruled by roving gangs. Corporate greed, runaway technology and economic disparity have finally caught up with the planet. This dire, science fiction scenario is anything but ordinary hip-hop. And, that's not surprising considering how extra-ordinary Deltron 3030 is. This supergroup is made up of Dan “the Automator” Nakamura, the man behind sounds by Gorillaz and Dr. Octagonecologyst; Del the Funky Homosapien, an innovative Oakland MC who wrote lyrics for his cousin Ice Cube's group Da Lench Mob; and finally, turntable wizard Kid Koala. All three crossed paths during the making of other projects like Handsome Boy Modeling School and Gorillaz. And in 2000, with a futuristic comic-book inspiration, Deltron 3030 released its self-titled debut. The world has changed a lot since then, and the sequel, Event II, presents a new idea of the future.
Here's the video for their track "Do You Remember"
You may remember Kid Koala as an opener for Arcade Fire when they played Consol in March. You're also bound to recognize Del tha Funkee Homosapien from his turn on Gorillaz's "Clint Eastwood." You know, the one that goes, "Finally, someone let me out of my cage..."
We have two tickets to giveaway for the performance, plus a CD of their new album. To enter, send us your name to firstname.lastname@example.org, and put "Deltron 3030" in the subject line. One lucky winner will be announced Monday. Otherwise, tickets are available via Ticketfly: $18 in advance, $20 at the door. The show is all ages.
Local hip-hop outlet Fortified PhonetX open.
– B. Conway