Editors' pick

Plant Music Showcase

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Editorial Review

U Street Music Hall owners Jesse Tittsworth and Will Eastman have both released music through New York's popular Plant Music, so it makes sense that they'd invite DJs from the label to come play at their club. But this is more than insider trading. Headlining this Plant Music Showcase is Stretch Armstrong, the New York DJ whose WKCR radio show was named "The Best Radio Show of All Time" by the Source Magazine and helped launch the careers of the Wu Tang Clan and Busta Rhymes, among others. His recent output skews toward electronic club-bangers instead of hip-hop rhythms, but the infectious tunes still show a strong sense of melody. Also on the bill are Dominque -- one half of electro duo the Glass -- and Kap10Kurt, whose synth-pop electro originals sound like remixes of '80s jams. (That's a compliment.)

-- Fritz Hahn (March 30, 2010)