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If it's 5 A.M. and you're still dancing, chances are you're running on Scissor Sisters time. For a band that sprung out of downtown NYC clubs like The Cock in the Lower East Side and Luxx in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (a launch pad for the modern electroclash sound), it's only natural that all things after dark fit the Scissor Sisters like a glove. They twisted disco, New York electro and good old fashioned Elton John-era rock n' roll into an explosion of infectious dance floor anthems that appeals to just about anyone with a pulse. All are welcome at this party. If pop has a responsibility to be music for all people, the Scissor Sisters -- vocalists Jake Shears and Ana Matronic, multi-instrumentalist Baby Daddy and lead guitar Del Marquis -have made that type of pop music experience their battle cry.
While the heart of the Scissor Sisters has always been shaped around the exuberance of nightlife, their success has spilled out far past the New York club scene and into the global mainstream. After the B-side to the band's first single, a jacked-up disco version of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb", became a mainstay in nightclubs across the globe and topped the charts throughout Europe, their eponymous debut album became an international smash -- eventually scoring a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Record for "Comfortably Numb," becoming the top-selling album of 2004 in the UK and sweeping the Brit Awards for that year.
The follow-up, "Ta-Dah," topped the UK charts for 27 weeks and their single "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" was the fourth best-selling single in the UK in 2006. Their latest effort, the pulsating, critical-success "Night Work" (co-produced by the club wizard Stuart Price who is best known for his work on Madonna's "Confessions on a Dancefloor"), debuted at #2 on the UK Charts, #1 on the US Billboard Independent Album charts, and in the top 10 in several international territories.
Entertainers at heart, Scissor Sisters have earned a reputation for their humorous, controversial and outright transgressive, live performances that have filled venues from New York's Bowery Ballroom to London's O2 Arena. There's really nothing the band wont do to make you dance and get lost in the beat. They've infamously collaborated with Jim Henson's Muppets for their opening performance at the Brit Awards in 2005, and in 2010, stole the show at Glastonbury when they performed a duet (and grinded) with Kylie Minogue for their single "Any Which Way."
Despite becoming chart toppers and festival headliners throughout the world, the Scissor Sisters have never turned away from the all-inclusive magic of their former downtown stomping grounds. Working in the great tradition of dance music that seeks endless possibility, the band flips musical and aesthetic conventions on their head in favor of a belief that music will set you free. Behind the sweat, exuberant grooves and joyously unrestrained performances is an open invitation. Thankfully, we're all on the list.
Baltimore U.S.A based, Rye Rye, already heralded by NME in trends for 2008 as “the latest prodigy from the Spank Rock stable that has A&Rs frothing,” is the new face of female hip –hop …this is Nu-Hop! Nu-Hop had been stripped of negativity and this 17 year old rapper is throwing a fresh, unique, dance fueled, fun direction into the mix.
Rye Ryes debut single “Shake It To The Ground” assisted by DJ Blagstarr has received global attention, resulting with 1,000,000 youtube video views, the backing of Hollywood blogger extraordinaire Perez Hilton, a feature on MTV U.S.A News and currently in the UK the video is on MTV Base/ MTV2 / MTV dance. Rye Rye is a protégé of British/Sri Lankan femcee M.I.A, whom were both on the live explosive uberactive Kala tour, along with rapping on M.I.A s recent hit “Paper Planes” she also performed with her on the David Letterman show U.S.A.
This teen sensation is at the helm of a movement that is already encouraging people to look out of the old school hip-hop box! Mentioned in April 08 in the No.2 spot in NMEs: “ The Future 50 bands, artists and innovators driving music forward” alongside M.I.A, The Cool Kids, Santogold, and airplay support from Radio 1s Rob Da Bank, Rye Rye is a new force to watch out for.
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