Hooray for Earth get an A for their persistence. They’ve made every effort to get this blogger’s attention. In fact, you might say they’re relentless. Yeah. That’s how I’d described their self-titled debut, as a matter of fact. Pop music that is driven by drums. In every song, it’s the drums that rise to the top of the mix and dominate the combination of growling synth and guitar. Under all that are the vocals, which seem secondary. Even “Magazines,” the record’s rare slow number (and one of it’s best tracks), is characterized by the beat.

Hear for yourself:

Simple Man-Hooray for Earth

Oh No-Hooray for Earth

Magazines-Hooray for Earth

A PLUS- My Last Good Deed

If you don’t already know, A Plus, a.k.a. “Plee,” was a founder of indie rap bands Souls of Mischief and The Hieroglyphics. He’s dropping a solo album, My Last Good Deed, this summer, and the platter promises appearances from both of his former bands, among others. I admit, lots of underground rap is pretty lame: Lots of yelling or lots of long words and heavy thoughts without much flow, and way too much anger without nearly enough wit. Plee is different, though, which is why he can get guys like Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, J-Zone, Sunspot Jonz, Masta Ace, etc., to team up with him on beats and tours.

“Patna Please”

Tour dates: A Plus with Masta Ace, Souls of Mischief,
Wordsworth, DJ Flo Fader, Bukue One, iCON the Mic
King, and Zeph & Azeem.

Friday April 13 Nashville, TN @ The Rutledge
Saturday April 14 Atlanta, GA @ A3C Festival held at The Loft
Sunday April 15 Johnson City, TN @ The Hideaway
Wednesday April 18 Brooklyn, NY @ Southpaw
Thursday April 19 Ottawa, ON @ Heaven
Friday April 20 Killington, VT @ Tabu / The Outback
Saturday April 21 Hamilton, ON @ Pepper Jack Café
Sunday April 22 Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
Monday April 23 Chicago, IL @ Abbey Pub
Tuesday April 24 Milwaukee, WI @ The Stonefly
Thursday April 26 Asheville, NC @ The Emerald Lounge
Friday April 27 Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox
Saturday April 28 Chapel Hill, NC @ Signal Fest held @ Cat’s Cradle
Sunday April 29 Greenville, SC @ The Handlebar
Monday April 30 New Orleans, LA @ The Howlin Wolf
Tuesday May 1 Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
Wednesday May 2 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Roxanne’s
Thursday May 3 Orlando, FL @ The Firestone
Friday May 4 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
Saturday May 5 Sarasota, FL @ Tyler’s Tavern

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