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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour 2011 at The Artisan Building, Sacramento CA | Jul 23 2011

by Aimee Flint on April 28, 2011 at 3:16 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly and live band

Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 7:30 PM
The Artisan Building, 1901 Del Paso Blvd, Sacramento CA 95815 | (916) 929-9900

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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour 2011 at Fulton 55, Fresno CA | Jul 29 2011

by Aimee Flint on April 26, 2011 at 4:02 PM · Comments
Tickets on sale now for The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with live band at Fulton 55 in Fresno CA on July 29, 2011
The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly and live band

Friday, July 29, 2011 at 8:00 PM
Fulton 55, 875 Divisadero Street, Fresno CA 93721 | (559) 412-7400

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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Falls Church

by +FE on April 25, 2011 at 9:30 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Falls Church
Some great shots of the Authenticity Tour kick-off concert in Falls Church, courtesy of our friend Stephanie Renee of Soul-Sanctuary.net.

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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Falls Church

by +FE on April 25, 2011 at 8:32 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Falls Church

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In memory of Jon Gray

by +FE on April 23, 2011 at 6:34 PM · Comments
Dear Friends,

Yesterday, as we were preparing for our show in Falls Church VA, we received the sad news of the unexpected passing of our good friend and business partner Jon Gray. Jon was a tireless supporter of The Foreign Exchange from the very beginning. Initially with Studio Distribution and later as a key team-member of Hard Boiled (+FE Music's physical distribution partner), he was directly and extensively involved with the CD releases of all three of our albums (Connected, Leave It All Behind and last year's Authenticity) as well as Nicolay's City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya, YahZarah's The Ballad Of Purple St. James and Zo!'s SunStorm.

We truly wouldn't be where we are today without the years of hard work and drive of Jon Gray, who fought the good fight with conviction, enthousiasm and upbeat energy. We will miss him and his infectious personality greatly, and we wish his family and friends the strength to cope with this devastating loss.

Thank you for listening, Jon.

Phonte + Nicolay

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DCist interviews The Foreign Exchange

by +FE on April 22, 2011 at 10:02 AM · Comments
There's almost no question that North Carolina-based duo The Foreign Exchange love D.C. They routinely work with local artists such as Zo! (check Zo! and Phonte's humorous remake of "Return of the Mack") and YahZarah. Last year, the guys scored a Grammy nomination with Three Star alumna Muhsinah for the song "Daykeeper." And lest we forget, they've been gracious enough to speak with DCist on two previous occasions.

But if there's any other reason to like MC/vocalist Phonte and Dutch-born producer/instrumentalist Nicolay, it's that they make incredibly good music. Their third album, Authenticity, continues down a similar path blazed by their last release, Leave It All Behind. However, as they describe it, Authenticity is a little more stripped down than their previous offerings. What remains constant, though, are fantastic sonic arrangements and some quite adept songwriting which, for example, makes the "odd guy gets dream girl" trope seem fresh and probable on "Maybe She'll Dream Of Me." Regardless, it's apparent that a relationship born out of mutual respect for each other's work and facilitated by the Internet has blossomed into a full-blown musical operation that's garnered a worldwide fan base and critical acclaim.

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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour 2011 at The Crocodile, Seattle WA | July 21 2011

by +FE on April 21, 2011 at 3:49 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly and live band

Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 8:00 PM
The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave | Seattle, WA 98121

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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour 2011 at SJ Woman's Club, San Jose CA | July 24, 2011

by Aimee Flint on April 21, 2011 at 8:57 AM · Comments
NewSense, Jason Dooley and Hard Knock Radio present

The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly and live band

Sounds Provided by: SMOOVGROOVS (HOMEGROWN BLENDS) & G-WREX (THE BANGERZ)

Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 9:00 PM
San Jose Woman's Club , 75 S. 11th St., San Jose, CA 95112 | (408) 294-6919

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Zo! & Phonte feat. Tigallo the Tay God - Return Of The Mack

by +FE on April 20, 2011 at 1:53 PM · Comments
Zo! & Phonte feat. Tigallo the Tay God - Return Of The Mack
Good Peoples,

On a breezy Sunday afternoon in North Carolina, me and my brother Zo! took to the studio to clown around and pay homage to one of the greatest late 90's white people club songs ever.

Enjoy!

Peace,
Phonte
"RETURN OF THE MACK" LISTEN | DOWNLOAD

Piano and Guitar: Zo!
All vocals and maracas: Phonte
Snaps: Phonte & Zo!
Additional swagged out vocals: Tigallo the Tay God

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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour 2011 at Double Door, Chicago IL | May 13, 2011

by Aimee Flint on April 20, 2011 at 11:13 AM · Comments
Tickets on sale now for The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour 2011 at Double Door, Chicago IL on May 13, 2011!
The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with Zo!, Sy Smith and live band

Friday, May 13, 2011 at 8:00 PM
Double Door, 1572 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL

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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour 2011 at The New Parish, Oakland CA | July 26 2011

by +FE on April 19, 2011 at 8:35 AM · Comments
Hot Water Cornbread and Hard Knock Radio present

The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly and live band

Sounds provided by: DJ HECTOR

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 8:00 PM
The New Parish, 579 18th Street Oakland CA 94612

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Celebrate Record Store Day!

by Aimee Flint on April 16, 2011 at 1:16 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange would like to say thank you to all the stores who have carried our CDs and supported us through the years. In celebration of Record Store Day we would like to give our appreciation to these stores and any independent record store.
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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour 2011 at Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa CA | July 28 2011

by +FE on April 15, 2011 at 10:09 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly and live band

Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 8:00 PM
Detroit Bar, 843 W. 19th Street Costa Mesa CA 92627

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Behind the scenes at the Last Fall videoshoot

by +FE on April 15, 2011 at 7:29 AM · Comments
Behind the scenes at the Last Fall videoshoot

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Authenticity Live From Denver (Streaming audio) (via Red Bull Music Academy Radio)

by +FE on April 11, 2011 at 3:57 PM · Comments
Courtesy of the homie DJ Low Key and our good friends at Red Bull Music Academy Radio: Streaming audio of The Foreign Exchange's recent show at Summit Music Hall in Denver CO.... Straight from the soundboard and in its entirety! Enjoy, and thank you for listening.

Phonte · Lead vocals | Nicolay · Keyboards/Samples/Acoustic guitar
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Sy Smith · Vocals | Jeanne Jolly · Vocals | Zo! · Keyboards | Chris Boerner · Electric/Acoustic guitar | Kush Elamin · Bass | Chris "Biscuit" Bynum · Drums



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The Foreign Exchange at The Boom Bap, Nashville TN

by +FE on April 11, 2011 at 12:39 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange at The Boom Bap, Nashville TN

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365 Albums A Year interviews The Foreign Exchange

by +FE on April 10, 2011 at 11:15 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange are an extremely talented duo consisting of singer Phonte and producer Nicolay. After releasing their first album together in 2004 and switching genres in 2009, their latest album, Authenticity, shows once again great growth from the group. It's no surprise that it placed at #12 in our top 50 albums of 2010; "From romanticizing to reminiscing, philosophizing, glorifying, and degrading love it seems the album glides along on elegantly like its skating on ice."

In our conversation with the duo, we've talked about their upcoming projects (Phonte even dropped a release date!), working with The Based God, Internet as a promotional tool, Nic's passion for collecting vintage synths, their relation with film, and much more.

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The Authenticity Tour 2011 continues! [Updated 09/23]

by +FE on April 8, 2011 at 2:59 PM · Comments
The Authenticity Tour travels on! Joining us on the road is our full live band including Zo!, Sy Smith and Jeanne Jolly.

For the latest news and show information, please check back here or follow us on Twitter.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our shows!

Thank you for listening,

Phonte + Nicolay (The Foreign Exchange)

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