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Phonte at Ferst Center, Atlanta GA | Dec 10 2011

by Aimee Flint on November 30, 2011 at 1:41 PM · Comments
A tribute to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Marvin Gaye's "Whats Going On?"

The concert will feature 9 artists that wil perform the "What's Going On" Album as recorded in 1971.

Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 8:00 PM
Ferst Center for the Arts, 350 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta GA 30332 | (404) 894-2787

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This week: 25% off your entire purchase at the +FE Music Store!

by +FE on November 28, 2011 at 8:04 AM · Comments
Cyber Monday is here, and that means it is time to take advantage of a great deal! For the entire week, get 25% off your entire purchase at the +FE Music Store if you use couponcode "FEALL25" upon checking out. The discount is applied to all of your shopping cart contents such as CDs, vinyl, T-Shirts, posters and more.

Use couponcode "FEALL25" upon checking out for a 25% discount!

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Nicolay with The Hot At Nights at The Soapbox, Wilmington NC | Jan 24, 2012

by +FE on November 26, 2011 at 8:07 PM · Comments
Nicolay with The Hot At Nights

Nicolay teams up with exploratory jazz-trio The Hot At Nights to perform new interpretations and arrangements of his instrumental compositions from "City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya" and more.

Nicolay: synthesizers/keyboards | Chris Boerner: 8-string guitar | Matt Douglas: sax/woodwinds | Nick Baglio: drums

Download the Shibuya Session EP for FREE here.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 8:00 PM
The Soapbox, 255 N Front Str., Wilmington NC

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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Nashville

by +FE on November 21, 2011 at 3:02 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Nashville
Some great photos of The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour stop in Nashville.

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Nashville Scene reviews The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Nashville

by +FE on November 20, 2011 at 12:13 PM · Comments
Nashville Scene reviews The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Nashville
The Foreign Exchange could not have picked a better time to pull into B.B. King's than last Friday. OK, maybe the showtime could have been better -- 6:30 p.m. is way, way earlier than the Spin is usually out and about. But in terms of timing the show exactly when The Spin was going to need a damn fine R&B show, The Foreign Exchange couldn't have done any better. While we usually avoid pop country at all costs, somehow we got roped into spending CMA week slobbing on the proverbial knobs of Music Row via some non-Scene-related freelance work. We felt dirty, we felt whorish, we had the most trite songs about flip-flops and Mexican beer stuck in our heads. It was awful. But one awesome set by The Foreign Exchange made everything all right.

Granted, The Spin being The Spin, we got there late -- having spent an ungodly amount of time looking for parking and trying not run over tourists with glazed eyes and small children running around. It was a pretty good reminder of why we never, ever go to Second Ave, especially on a weekend night when the Interstate & County crowd floods the city with their knockoff Affliction shirts and acid-washed jeans. We appreciate the fact these folks want to spend hard-earned money as tourists in our fair city. But good gawddamn, people, pay attention to where you're walking! They might not have street lights out in Bumpkinsville, but we do here, and the red hand means DON'T WALK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FUCKING STREET. And don't stand there looking blankly as cars beep at you. It's Urban Survival 101, folks: Avoid ending up at the business end of a moving vehicle. The Convention and Visitors Bureau really ought to include that in the brochures.

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AllMusic reviews Charity Starts At Home

by +FE on November 20, 2011 at 11:08 AM · Comments
Phonte Coleman of the defunct North Carolina rap duo Little Brother wears many hats: singer/songwriter, rapper, and, occasionally, comedian. Over the course of his career, it's been questionable which he wears best -- the adult contemporary/R&B outfit the Foreign Exchange pairs Netherlands producer Nicolay's warmly acoustic, Moog-driven production with Phonte's swooning singing vocals, which is quite a contrast from his aggressive, loosely percussive delivery as an MC over the hard-hitting boom-bap production of venerable hip-hop producer 9th Wonder. After three tremendous consecutive albums with the Foreign Exchange, his debut solo outing, Charity Starts at Home, is a well-balanced marriage of all of Phonte's musical inclinations. Phonte the singer, who gravitates to poignant love ballads, and Phonte the MC, who tends to relatable perspectives of family life and the working class, coexist here. It comes across as naturally human with a comedic twist, something that Phonte has always been good at. His brash sense of humor on "Sendin My Love" turns the internal conflicts of a married man into satire, while Phonte admits "I do this all for hip-hop! I'm lying like sh*t. I do this for my bills" on the album's opening track, "Dance in the Reign." Phonte also reunites with former fellow group member 9th Wonder on several occasions, namely on the standout "Not Here Anymore" (featuring rapper extraordinaire eLZhi) and an epic sample of Rose Royce's classic "Love Don't Live Here Anymore." Phonte doesn't stray too far from swooning R&B, though, as he sings a sentimental number over Zo!'s smooth piano riffs on "To Be Yours" and floats in anticipation on the ethereal duet "Gonna Be a Beautiful Night" with Carlita Durand. Charity Starts at Home proves that none of Phonte's talents are obsolete and he can merge all of them into one cohesive project that's as much of a treat as any of his other endeavors, if not more.
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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Birmingham

by +FE on November 17, 2011 at 4:25 PM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in Birmingham
Some excellent photos of The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour stop in Birmingham AL, courtesy of our good friends at BamaLoveSoul.

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The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in St. Louis

by +FE on November 17, 2011 at 10:05 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange's Authenticity Tour in St. Louis
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Nicolay with The Hot At Nights at Scarlet & Grey, Columbus OH | Jan 30, 2012

by Aimee Flint on November 16, 2011 at 11:57 AM · Comments
Nicolay with The Hot At Nights

Nicolay teams up with exploratory jazz-trio The Hot At Nights to perform new interpretations and arrangements of his instrumental compositions from "City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya" and more.

Nicolay: synthesizers/keyboards | Chris Boerner: 8-string guitar | Matt Douglas: sax/woodwinds | Nick Baglio: drums

Download the Shibuya Session EP for FREE here.

Monday, January 30, 2012 at 8:00 PM
Scarlet & Grey, 2203 N. High St, Columbus OH 43201 | (614) 291-2347

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Nicolay with The Hot At Nights at The Listening Room, Nashville TN | Jan 28, 2012

by Aimee Flint on November 16, 2011 at 11:43 AM · Comments
Nicolay with The Hot At Nights

Nicolay teams up with exploratory jazz-trio The Hot At Nights to perform new interpretations and arrangements of his instrumental compositions from "City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya" and more.

Nicolay: synthesizers/keyboards | Chris Boerner: 8-string guitar | Matt Douglas: sax/woodwinds | Nick Baglio: drums

Tickets on sale!

Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 7:00 PM
The Listening Room, 209 10th Ave S # 200, Nashville TN 37203 | (615) 259-3600

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Zo! & Sy Smith at Nectar Lounge, Seattle WA | Dec 23, 2011

by Aimee Flint on November 13, 2011 at 4:38 PM · Comments
THE TOWN ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS:
Winter SOULstice

Featuring: Zo! & Sy Smith
with Special Guest Aaron Walker-Loud of Big World Breaks
Hosted by Tiffany Wilson
Sounds by DJ Topspin aka Blendiana Jones

Friday, December 23, 2011 at 8:00 PM
Nectar Lounge, 412 N 36th Street, Seattle WA 98103 | 206-632-2020

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The Foreign Exchange spreads the love at Masquerade (via accessAtlanta)

by +FE on November 11, 2011 at 10:00 AM · Comments
The Foreign Exchange kicked off its Authenticity Tour Wednesday night at Masquerade in Atlanta.

After opening with "Connected", one half of the duo, Phonte, told fans that he was fighting a 104 degree fever and was high on medicine. But that didn't stop him from belting out each song with strength and beauty. While the other half, Nicolay, kept his eyes closed his body began to move fluidly as if the music had entered his toes, traveled through his neck and exited through is head.

The FE live band included Zo! bopping on keyboards, (reminiscent of a cool high school band teacher), with singers Sy Smith and Jeanne Jolly holding down the background.

"We are an equal opportunity employer," Phonte said, referring to the multicultural band, which received cheers from its diverse audience.

"All or Nothing" had folks wiggling, and with introductions out of the way, the band dug into tracks from Zo! and Sy Smith, whose velvety voice sounded like a young Eartha Kitt. All that was missing was a purr.

Phonte's soliloquy during "Ball and Chain" segued into "Don't Wait," and insightful tune about love and the dos and don'ts of relationships.

"It's so confusing," Phonte said of "real love" and "cyber dating." He said with online, you don't know what you're really going to get. He encouraged fans to look around the room and speak to each other because their mate could be right there at the FE concert.

"The music you listen to is a reflection of how you see the world, and how you see yourself," he said.

Phonte explained how the best surgeons want the best equipment, musicians and lovers of music should want the best as well.

"Only in music are you looked down on for wanting the best", half of the Grammy-nominated duo said. "Expect better and you'll get better."

"Take Off the Blues" had everyone dancing and grooving as the band blended Aaliyah's "Rock the Boat" into the song. But it was "Daykeeper" that sent the audience into frenzy.

After asking how many folks believed in the power of dreams, the band ended the night with a church-like twist to "Dream of Me." For an encore they offered "God is Laughing at Your Plans and "I Wanna Know," which had couples twirling and single folks dancing with imaginary partners
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Nicolay With The Hot At Nights Take A Jazzy Excursion Back To 'Shibuya' (via SoulBounce)

by +FE on November 10, 2011 at 8:41 AM · Comments
There are those moments in time when you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when something major happened even when you can't recall what you had for breakfast two days ago. That will forever be the case for me whenever I think about learning of Heavy D's death yesterday right when I was in the middle of giving Nicolay's new project with The Hot At Nights, Shibuya Session EP, a good listen. I tried to carry my listening party on, but that good listen turned into a good and ugly cry when the melancholy notes of "Inner Garden" hit my ear. That's not to say that the music isn't great, because this eight-song collection of new interpretations and arrangements of instrumentals from Nicolay's 2009 album, City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya, is pretty excellent. This half of The Foreign Exchange linked up with the three-piece exploratory jazz outfit The Hot At Nights made up of Chris Boerner, Matt Douglas, and Nick Baglio on this EP, which is quite refreshing and shows another side of Nic's multi-dimensional talent. These renditions breathe new life into the music from City Lights Vol 2: Shibuya with the addition of live instrumentation to the previous electronic landscapes that Nicolay painted on songs such as "Shibuya Station." Even casual listeners of jazz (such as myself) and those with ears open to all types of music (such as myself) will appreciate Shibuya Session, which is available as a free download to sweeten the pot for any skeptics out there.

In addition to releasing Shibuya Session, Nicolay with The Hot At Nights will be going on tour to support the project. Kicking off in January in their home state of North Carolina, the 13-date tour will hit cities such s Atlanta, Nashville, Philadelphia, DC, NYC, and Boston to name a few. Check the entire schedule below and make plans to get the Shibuya Session experience live and in living color.
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Nicolay with The Hot At Nights at Shadow Lounge, Pittsburgh PA | Jan 31, 2012

by Aimee Flint on November 8, 2011 at 10:19 AM · Comments
Nicolay with The Hot At Nights

Nicolay teams up with exploratory jazz-trio The Hot At Nights to perform new interpretations and arrangements of his instrumental compositions from "City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya" and more.

Nicolay: synthesizers/keyboards | Chris Boerner: 8-string guitar | Matt Douglas: sax/woodwinds | Nick Baglio: drums

Download the Shibuya Session EP for FREE here.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 8:00 PM
Shadow Lounge, 5972 Baum Boulevard, Pittsburgh PA 15206 | (412) 363-8277

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Nicolay with The Hot At Nights at World Cafe Live, Philadelphia PA | Feb 1, 2012

by Aimee Flint on November 8, 2011 at 9:48 AM · Comments
Nicolay with The Hot At Nights

Nicolay teams up with exploratory jazz-trio The Hot At Nights to perform new interpretations and arrangements of his instrumental compositions from "City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya" and more.

Nicolay: synthesizers/keyboards | Chris Boerner: 8-string guitar | Matt Douglas: sax/woodwinds | Nick Baglio: drums

Download the Shibuya Session EP for FREE here.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 10:00 PM
World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19104 | (215) 222-1400

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Nicolay with The Hot At Nights at Bohemian Caverns, Washington DC | Feb 2, 2012

by Aimee Flint on November 8, 2011 at 9:29 AM · Comments
Nicolay with The Hot At Nights

Nicolay teams up with exploratory jazz-trio The Hot At Nights to perform new interpretations and arrangements of his instrumental compositions from "City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya" and more.

Nicolay: synthesizers/keyboards | Chris Boerner: 8-string guitar | Matt Douglas: sax/woodwinds | Nick Baglio: drums

Download the Shibuya Session EP for FREE here.

Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 8:00 PM
Bohemian Caverns, 2001 11th St, Washington DC 20001 | (202) 299-0800

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Nicolay with The Hot At Nights at Club Passim, Boston MA | Feb 5, 2012

by Aimee Flint on November 8, 2011 at 8:00 AM · Comments
Nicolay with The Hot At Nights

Nicolay teams up with exploratory jazz-trio The Hot At Nights to perform new interpretations and arrangements of his instrumental compositions from "City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya" and more.

Nicolay: synthesizers/keyboards | Chris Boerner: 8-string guitar | Matt Douglas: sax/woodwinds | Nick Baglio: drums

Download the Shibuya Session EP for FREE here.

Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 8:00 PM
Club Passim, 47 Palmer Street, Cambridge MA 02138 | (617) 492-7679

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Nicolay with The Hot At Nights at Apache Cafe, Atlanta GA | Jan 27, 2012

by Aimee Flint on November 8, 2011 at 1:47 AM · Comments
Nicolay with The Hot At Nights

Nicolay teams up with exploratory jazz-trio The Hot At Nights to perform new interpretations and arrangements of his instrumental compositions from "City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya" and more.

Nicolay: synthesizers/keyboards | Chris Boerner: 8-string guitar | Matt Douglas: sax/woodwinds | Nick Baglio: drums

Tickets on sale soon!

Friday, January 27, 2012 at 8:00 PM
Apache Cafe, 64 3rd Street Northwest, Atlanta GA 30308 | (404) 876-5436

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Nicolay with The Hot At Nights at The Evening Muse, Charlotte NC | Jan 26, 2012

by +FE on November 7, 2011 at 11:17 PM · Comments
Nicolay with The Hot At Nights

Nicolay teams up with exploratory jazz-trio The Hot At Nights to perform new interpretations and arrangements of his instrumental compositions from "City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya" and more.

Nicolay: synthesizers/keyboards | Chris Boerner: 8-string guitar | Matt Douglas: sax/woodwinds | Nick Baglio: drums

Download the Shibuya Session EP for FREE here.

Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 8:00 PM
The Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson Str., Charlotte NC

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Nicolay with The Hot At Nights - Shibuya Session EP

by +FE on November 7, 2011 at 10:30 PM · Comments
+FE Music proudly presents the "Shibuya Session EP", a collaboration between Nicolay and the Raleigh-based exploratory jazz trio The Hot At Nights, led by 8-string guitar virtuoso (and The Foreign Exchange guitarist) Chris Boerner with Matt Douglas on sax/woodwinds and Nick Baglio on drums.

The EP was recorded at Sound Pure Studios in Durham NC and features new interpretations and arrangements of eight instrumental compositions from Nicolay's 2009 album "City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya".
"SHIBUYA SESSION EP" LISTEN | DOWNLOAD

Tracklisting:

01. Shibuya Station
02. Rain In Ueno Park
03. Satellite
04. Meiji Shrine
05. The Inner Garden
06. Crossing
07. Bullet Train
08. Departure

Produced by Nicolay and Chris Boerner

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Phonte & 9th Wonder at Abbey's Pub, Chicago IL | Dec 17, 2011

by Aimee Flint on November 7, 2011 at 7:18 PM · Comments
Phonte & 9th Wonder with guests Rapsody & Median

Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 9:00 PM
Abbey's Pub, 3420 West Grace St., Chicago IL 60615 | (773) 478-4408

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Phonte & 9th Wonder at TLA, Philadelphia PA | Dec 16, 2011

by Aimee Flint on November 6, 2011 at 11:21 PM · Comments
Phonte & 9th Wonder with guests Rapsody & Median

Friday, December 16, 2011 at 9:00 PM
Theatre of Living Arts, 344 South St, Philadelphia PA 19147 | (215) 922-1011

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Nicolay with The Hot At Nights at The Pour House Music Hall, Raleigh NC | Jan 25, 2012

by +FE on November 4, 2011 at 5:44 PM · Comments
Nicolay with The Hot At Nights

Nicolay teams up with exploratory jazz-trio The Hot At Nights to perform new interpretations and arrangements of his instrumental compositions from "City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya" and more.

Nicolay: synthesizers/keyboards | Chris Boerner: 8-string guitar | Matt Douglas: sax/woodwinds | Nick Baglio: drums

Download the Shibuya Session EP for FREE here.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 8:00 PM
The Pour House Music Hall, 224 S. Blount St., Raleigh NC | (919) 821-1120

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Phonte & 9th Wonder at Key Club, Los Angeles CA | Jan 6, 2012

by Aimee Flint on November 4, 2011 at 5:27 PM · Comments
Sean Healy presents

Phonte & 9th Wonder with guests Rapsody & Median

Friday, January 6, 2012 at 9:00 PM
Key Club, 9039 West Sunset Boulevard West Hollywood, CA 90069 | (310) 274-5800

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Nicolay with The Hot At Nights at Blue Note Jazz Club, New York NY | Feb 3, 2012

by +FE on November 4, 2011 at 5:25 PM · Comments
Nicolay with The Hot At Nights

Nicolay teams up with exploratory jazz-trio The Hot At Nights to perform new interpretations and arrangements of his instrumental compositions from "City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya".

Nicolay: synthesizers/keyboards | Chris Boerner: 8-string guitar | Matt Douglas: sax/woodwinds | Nick Baglio: drums


Friday, February 3, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Blue Note Jazz Club, 131 W. 3rd St., New York, NY 10012 | (212) 475-8592

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Phonte & 9th Wonder at The New Parish, Oakland CA | Jan 7, 2012

by Aimee Flint on November 4, 2011 at 4:52 PM · Comments
Sean Healy & Tastemaker Live presents

Phonte & 9th Wonder with guests Rapsody & Median

Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 9:00 PM
The New Parish, 579 18th Street Oakland, CA 94612 | (510) 444-7474

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