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01.07.2013 | | Posted at 02:00 PM
By Shepherd Express Staff
The New Orleans jam band Galactic earned their reputation in part for their ability to tastefully infuse hip-hop into their music. In the past they've even toured with Chali 2na of the Jurassic 5 and Boots Riley of The Coup. Lately they've made it clear that hip-hop isn't their defining influence, though. They distanced themselves from rap on their funky 2011 live album The Other Side of Midnight:...
Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Tonight @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard, Summerfest, 9:30 p.m.

New Orleans' Galactic is one of the few bands in the jam scene to attempt hip-hop without embarrassing themselves. Unlike all the bands that condescend with novelty covers of contemporary rap hits, Galactic challenges themselves with more...
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Other Side of Midnight: Live in New Orleans (ANTI-)

No city in America has a richer funk tradition than New Orleans, and the Crescent City boldly entered the 21st century with Galactic. The band's deep hometown roots are on display all over The Other Side of Midnight, which features Cyril Neville and other local heroes. But even when left entirely to their own...
Monday, Feb. 8, 2010

Ya-Ka-May (ANTI-)

New Orleans has always been America’s most unique city, nurturing great music from the days of Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong through the present. Galactic, a contemporary Crescent City band, has second-line marching band rhythms and staccato horns in its bones. And like the city itself, Katrina or no...
Sunday, June 29, 2008

Galactic, Polyphonic Spree, Michael Franti

New Orleans’ Galactic is one of the few bands in the jam scene to attempt hip-hop without embarrassing themselves. Unlike all the bands that condescend with snot-nosed, novelty covers of rap hits or time with monotone raps, Galactic challenges themselves with more thoughtful, complex hip-hop rhythms...
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall - 8:00 PM

In addition to the noodly guitar synonymous with jam music and the requisite funk and jazz influences expected from a respectable New Orleans group, Galactic has demonstrated a particular fondness for hip-hop, collaborating with MCs like Lyrics Born, Juvenile and Blackalicious’ Gift of Gab. Galactic’s most . . .
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

It’s unlikely that Fox will license another BoDeans song for a hit program, but the hometown heroes have stayed busy since their ’90s breakthrough, gigging and recording steadily. Although they’ll spend much of this year promoting their upcoming eighth album, Still, which reunited the group with producer...

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