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ress Play: Moogfest announces strong lineup in Asheville



9/7/2012 - Press Play: Moogfest announces strong lineup in Asheville
by Mike MCCray -

Nas is one of five additions to the Moogfest lineup that was announced last week.

Nas heads to Asheville on the heels of his latest album, "Life Is Good," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in July. It was the rapper's sixth No. 1 album.

The legendary Queensbridge emcee will be joined by a "Moog-ed out" nine-piece band for his set. New York art rockers Buke and Gase, Asheville garage rockers Ahleuchatistas, and electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick also were added to the lineup.

Moogfest 2012 runs Oct. 26-27 in Asheville. Last month, the festival announced its first group of headliners, which include Primus 3D, El-P, Miike Snow and Santigold.

Subotnick will present "From Silver Apples to a Sky of Cloudless Sulfur," a nod to the composer's best-known work, "Silver Apples of the Moon," the first electronic work ever commissioned. The Library of Congress added the album, composed entirely on a Buchla Electronic Music Box, to its National Recording Registry in 2010 along with songs "When You Wish Upon a Star" and Tupac's "Dear Mama." Only 300 recordings thus far have made the cut.

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Listen: Topiq the Smooth Prophet - 'Bump This'

There's new music from Fayetteville's Topiq the Smooth Prophet. "Bump This" features Vinnie D and appears on his recently released album "Limitless."

Topiq, who is a student at UNC-Chapel Hill, plans to release his next mix tape, "Topiq of Discussion II," on Nov. 20 (his birthday).

Be on the lookout for more from him in the future. You can stream "Bump This" at the Press Play blog.

Local artist receives key to Louisiana city

When rapper Valentina loaded her trunk with CDs, rounded up a cameraman and street crew, and left Fayetteville to tour the Southeast this summer, she couldn't have expected this.

If rising to the No. 1 spot on ReverbNation's Fayetteville hip-hop charts wasn't enough, the artist also received a key to the city of Bogalusa, La., from Mayor Charles E. Mizell. He presented the key after her performance at the community's Summer Jam III.

The town of just more than 13,000 is nestled on the Louisiana-Mississippi line. Concertgoers responded to the set, with her anti-domestic-violence track, "2 Painful 2 Remember," striking a chord with the audience and organizers. The song was also featured in an Arizona domestic-violence PSA that has more than 14,000 views online.

The Carolina Music Awards nominee has had her music played on Foxy 99 locally, along with SiriusXM's Shade 45 and Hot 97 in New York City. She released her mix tape, "A Taste of Me," in July and expects her debut album, "Valentina's Day," to drop in the coming months.

For more on her or to listen to her music, visit valentinaentertainment.

Carolina Chocolate Drops to kick off Down Home Concerts

The Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops will open Pine Cone's (Piedmont Council for Traditional Music) 2012-13 Down Home Concerts series Sept. 21 at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh.

The North Carolina folk quartet has had a busy year with the album "Leaving Eden," which is receiving widespread praise, and the group's song "Daughter's Lament" that appeared on the "Hunger Games" soundtrack.

Tickets for the Friday night show start at $34 for members and $39 for the general public.

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