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Thu Aug 2, 2018 | Doors: 7:00 PM
Glaciers Tour · House Of Blues, New Orleans LA
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Glaciers Tour · Stubb's Indoors, Austin TX
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Sat Aug 4, 2018 | Doors: 7:00 PM
Glaciers Tour · Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill, Dallas TX
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Thu Aug 16, 2018 | Doors: 7:00 PM
Glaciers Tour · The New Parish, Oakland CA
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Nicolay/The Hot At Nights - Glaciers

Nicolay, The Hot At Nights
Glaciers

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Phonte - No News Is Good News
Phonte
No News Is Good News

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Hide&Seek (Compiled by The Foreign Exchange)
Various Artists
Compiled by The Foreign Exchange

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Phonte and Eric Roberson - Tigallerro
Phonte and Eric Roberson
Tigallerro

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Zo! - SkyBreak
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SkyBreak

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Nicolay/The Hot At Nights - Glaciers

April 12, 2018 at 6:59 AM · Comments
Nicolay/The Hot At Nights - Glaciers
Dutch musician and producer Nicolay (of Grammy nominated alternative soul duo The Foreign Exchange) and Raleigh NC trio The Hot At Nights (Chris Boerner, Matt Douglas and Nick Baglio) have been playing and touring together in various guises for years, refreshing their curriculum at every opportunity. There is always groove and lilt and a slick, knowing humor in their music, but it is always carried and earned through powerful musicianship. Most importantly, there is always reach, always an expansion of their musical agenda through complex arrangements and broad compositional risks. This has been true over a handful of albums from both The Hot At Nights and Nicolay independently, but never has their reach been as long as it is on Glaciers.
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Phonte - No News Is Good News

March 1, 2018 at 5:58 PM · Comments
Phonte - No News Is Good News
The sophomore solo album. Out now.
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Nicolay/The Hot At Nights at The New Parish, Oakland CA | Aug 16, 2018

June 22, 2018 at 8:19 AM · Comments


Thursday, August 16, 2018 | Doors: 7:00 PM
The New Parish, 1743 San Pablo Ave (at 18th St) Oakland, CA 94612

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SoulTracks reviews 'Glaciers'

June 21, 2018 at 4:32 PM · Comments
The music man behind much of the signature tones that have come to define The Foreign Exchange (+FE) sound continues his alchemist trick of making instrumental electronic music feel organic for laypeople who swear they don't care for electronic music. Following a tradition initially established in jazz by artists like Miles Davis and in soul by Stevie Wonder's experimentations in Songs in the Key of Life (peaking in the woefully underrated In A Square Circle), manipulating electronic music to distill the innate robotic coldness of its confines to cultivate something emotional and resonating is a hard row. Most lean into the coldness, creating music that stretches from the industrial and dystopian to the nihilistic and metallic.
Dutch-born, Raleigh-based composer-producer Nicolay has consistently found ways to resist this ease by playing opposites with songs seeking to tell a story without words in ways that still feel human with a capacity to touch. There is an irony in Nicolay calling his fifth solo/duo album outside of the +FE moniker Glaciers, as there is little chilly about this release. Compounding the irony is the name of his collaborators on this epic project, The Hot at Nights (North Carolina-based guitarist Chris Boerner, Matt Douglas on woodwinds, and drummer Nick Baglio). Mixing the fiery trio with his warm electronic sounds on an album suggesting frigid temperatures, Nicolay brings a tongue-in-cheek humor to a project rich with the serious and the bold.

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Nicolay/The Hot At Nights at Stubb's Indoors, Austin TX | Aug 3, 2018

June 14, 2018 at 5:35 PM · Comments


Friday, August 3, 2018 | Doors: 7:00 PM
Stubb's Indoors, 801 Red River, Austin, TX 78701

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Nicolay/The Hot At Nights at House Of Blues, New Orleans LA | Aug 2, 2018

June 10, 2018 at 8:30 AM · Comments


Thursday, August 2, 2018 | Doors: 7:00 PM
House Of Blues, 225 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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Nicolay/The Hot At Nights at Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill, Dallas TX | Aug 4, 2018

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Saturday, August 4, 2018 | Doors: 7:00 PM
Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill, 10261 Technology Blvd E, Dallas, TX 75220

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AllMusic reviews 'Glaciers'

May 27, 2018 at 8:50 AM · Comments
Impeded by a hard-drive crash and conflicting schedules that necessitated a six-year gestation, Glaciers is at once a follow-up to Shibuya Session EP and distinct from everything these four musicians previously made. Keyboardist and composer Nicolay and contemporary fusionists the Hot at Nights -- Chris Boerner on guitar, Nick Baglio on drums, and Matt Douglas on woodwinds -- have recorded and performed with one another long enough to operate on an intuitive level fully explored here. Where Shibuya Session reworked songs from Nicolay's predominantly electronic City Lights, Vol. 2, Glaciers is strictly new material, thereby enabling the producer's supporting trio to stretch out. Contrary to the title, a reference to the challenges of getting the music to the public, most of the album's 40 minutes evoke steady forward motion, adeptly mixing jazz, funk, and downtempo with echoes of Blue Thumb-era Crusaders and Prince's Madhouse that range from faint to ringing. Most special is hearing Boerner play elegantly needling lines like a guitarist freshly liberated from a metal band intolerant of his habitual soundchecking with Michael Sembello's part in Stevie Wonder's "Contusion." The melodies, including several typically spirit-lifting lines from Nicolay and an abundant quantity out of Douglas' sweet-toned saxophone, are as rich and affecting as they are on any earlier release from the Foreign Exchange family. For all the inspirations this applies, it connects the quartet to a global network of like-minded progressives that includes the likes of Terrace Martin, Logan Richardson, Slowly Rolling Camera, and Kamaal Williams.
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Nicolay & The Hot At Nights Journey To The Outer Limits On 'Glaciers' (via SoulBounce)

April 19, 2018 at 7:43 PM · Comments
Though we're always grateful for any new music that comes out of the +FE Music camp, we were not in any way prepared for the one-two punch dealt by our favorite dynamic duo. As our heads are still reeling from Phonte's lyrical masterpiece No News Is Good News released just weeks ago, his creative counterpart Nicolay, along with 8-string guitarist Chris Boerner, saxophonist and woodwind master Matt Douglas and sickening drummer Nick "Nickybagz" Baglio, collectively known as jazz trio The Hot at Nights, followed suit with a musical treasure of their own entitled Glaciers. Previously, they've taken us on journeys through magical places like Shibuya and Soweto as part of their Shibuya Sessions collaborative EP and Nic's City Lights series, and now it seems our quest has taken us to another realm. Though we can always count on the crew for a seamless blend of electronic and live instrumentation, this latest release takes the theme of cohesive versatility to a whole new level.

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SoulTracks reviews 'No News Is Good News'

March 23, 2018 at 6:20 PM · Comments
In 2011, when singer/rapper/songwriter Phonte of The Foreign Exchange (+FE) fame released the critically-acclaimed, Top 10 Rap/Hip Hop Album, Charity Starts at Home,it was an impactful reminder that Phonte was more than just the occasionally comical, often reflective crooner of +FE; much more. As a rapper, Phonte had been the lynchpin of North Carolina's globally respected four album, six mixtapes run of the now defunct Little Brother trio, whose "Lovin' It" single from the 9th Wonder produced The Minstrel Show is a bonafide cult classic. Audience members who came to know Phonte at the onset of The Foreign Exchange's 2004 Connected or over the last 14 years of near annual releases (whether outfit, duo, solo, live or remix) through Phonte and Nicolay's Foreign Exchange Music label might have thought Phonte's occasional bars throughout the years were the lighthearted play of a singer, not an extension of a strong Southern hip hop legacy several projects and nearly two decades deep.

It's been seven years since the commercial and critical success of CSAH and a whole new, younger audience has come along to once again only know the artist as the main singer of +FE. So, once again Phonte is here to remind audiences that his flow as a respected rapper is legit and not just for play play. But, after all these years, can No News Is Good News match the classic that is CSAH?

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Phonte Gives Us Real Rap With 'No News Is Good News' via @SoulBounce

March 10, 2018 at 11:36 AM · Comments
If you only listen to Top 40 rap, then we'd forgive you if you thought that genre was only obsessed with jewelry, money, women and getting high. If you manage to look beyond what's being fed to us on the radio and television, though, you'll find hip-hop that's dealing with issues that affect us all, not just those balling out of control. Phonte, who splits his time as a rapper and crooning frontman of The Foreign Exchange, offers us some of that grown man rap with his sophomore solo set No News Is Good News. No News Is Good News finds Tigallo tackling some issues that affect him and the black community as a whole. "Expensive Genes" might be one of the first hip-hop songs that addresses the need for black men to care of their health, with the rapper calling out the fact that "young n****s be dying of old n***a s**t" over a smooth beat that's occasionally interrupted by the sounds of a doctor doing a physical. That immediately segues into Phonte discussing his family issues, addressing the death of his father, the declining health of his mother and the plight of being a black man raising the next generation in America.

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AllMusic reviews 'No News Is Good News'

March 10, 2018 at 10:11 AM · Comments
Once Charity Starts at Home was finished in 2011, Phonte carried on with the fourth and fifth Foreign Exchange LPs, tours, and a slew of featured appearances. In early 2016, shortly after VH1 aired The Breaks, a movie for which Phonte wrote rhymes and portrayed vainglorious king in a cipher Imam Ali, +FE Music announced the imminence of three Phonte-related albums: SkyBreak, Tigallerro, and second solo album No News Is Good News. The first two arrived as scheduled. Awaited project three materialized in March 2018, after Phonte had contributed to the series version of The Breaks, started co-piloting the Questlove Supreme podcast, and added to his discography of commissioned studio work. Foremost, he was dealing with life and death. In one week alone, his father and grandfather died. "It was a heavy year," he understates on No News Is Good News, a full-length with a duration short enough to provoke objections from listeners who anticipated a rappin' Phon-Tay album for half a decade. While this set transpires in just over 30 minutes, it is remarkably lean and unsparingly mean. Not even Phonte's parents are granted reprieves: "My momma walkin' slower these days, she got a stent/Still on them Newports, where's your fuckin' common sense?" Earlier in that lurching track, Phonte flashes back to his father's death, outlining a lethal cycle with "Hit the repast and ate the same shit that killed him." Diet, prescription and recreational drugs, overwork, and other health issues -- as they affect black men in particular -- weigh heavily on his mind in the heart of the album. Earlier on, Phonte's strictly stiff-arming, deflecting all obstacles over churning funk in "To the Rescue," then taking out young impostors on the knocking "So Help Me God." Beginning with track seven, where Phonte temporarily switches to yearning singer mode and leaves room for a typically commanding Freddie Gibbs verse, the productions and lyrical content reflect the brighter aspects of Phonte's life as a newlywed and the realization that "I can finally be myself." (Nothing here could be parenthetically titled "Ball and Chain, Pt. 2.") For all the highs and lows related throughout, cooked up with a production crew that includes Zo!, Nottz, Tall Black Guy, and DJ Harrison, the levels of cohesion and concision are uncommonly elevated. Not one note or syllable is wasted.

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Nicolay/The Hot At Nights - Now The Coast Is Clear

March 5, 2018 at 8:51 AM · Comments


Almost every musician wants to make a record no one expects from them, and yet few working bands bottle this wanderlust in a way that both carries who they have been while staying true to their destination. Nicolay (from Grammy-nominated duo The Foreign Exchange) once again combines forces with jazz trio The Hot At Nights - Chris Boerner, Matt Douglas, and Nick Baglio - for another musical exploration since their 2012 tour of Shibuya Session EP. "Now The Coast Is Clear" captures all of the lessons of a band that has spent years expanding in experience, all while maintaining voracious appetites for new sounds, deeper style palates, and denser stories. You can hear influences from both sides of the aisle informing this track: the subtle jam heave of their Three Kids album (itself an amalgam of genre bends), flashes of all three of Nicolay's City Lights sessions, the vast headspace of years of road life...it all simmers in this song. In a time when it's easy to sink into the negativity of political malaise and nearly global despair, this single leans hard into contemplative hope, and the album that follows will surely stand as a testimony of necessary change to come. (Scott Woods)
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First Listen: The Foreign Exchange brings ''Shelter'' to us in new single (via @SoulTracks)

September 14, 2017 at 12:23 PM · Comments
The idea of being sanctuary for another in a relationship is one of the most seductive themes in romantic novels, movies, and, of course, song. Usually such songs don't bear much of a groove much less possess a stridently contemporary feel to them as "Shelter," since the offer of safety lends itself to balladry and also happens to be among the most traditional hands one can extend to an intimate partner. But, The Foreign Exchange has its own long tradition of upending expectations. The North Carolina outfit's collaboration with Oli Lazarus's UK-based Reel People Music to release that label's new Hide & Seek compilation series yields a percussive debut single that's not quite as danceable as most of that soulful house label's legend, and strongly bears the band's usual crisp, melancholic stamp. Yet, the very fine cut is somehow still bold enough to hold an ambient mid-tempo groove and suggest movement in its production if not in your hips.

As with most of The Foreign Exchange's catalog, the work is serious, resistant of musical cliché, and is unabashedly mature in its relationship observations. Singer/rapper Phonte Coleman and singer/songwriter and longtime +FE collaborator Carmen Rodgers have a beautiful, if plainspoken blend against Nicolay's evening cityscape sounds of synths, percussions, and electronic accents. The effect is classic The Foreign Exchange with its signature ability to make what is naturally cold in electronic music sound unnaturally warm and human.

Interestingly, "Shelter's" autumn preamble, while solid, is far from the strongest on a collection that overflows with more vibrant and catchy tunes, including Pirahnahead & Diviniti's "The Beauty of Life (featuring Carmen Rodgers)," Gwen Bunn's "Without A Doubt," and the Brandyesque "MPH" featuring Bosco. Having too many single-worthy songs is, of course, a high-class problem that surely fans of Reel People and The Foreign Exchange will appreciate while hop-scotching through Hide & Seek. More than the sacrificial offer of a love's covering, here lies some welcome shelter from the storms of bad music releases blowing through 2017.
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