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Americana music, or if you prefer, alternative country, alt-country, or even alt.country, is once again making a comeback and growing in popularity. The genre fuses rock ‘n’ roll, folk, rhythm & blues and country, providing a distinctive identity all of it’s own. With young artists claiming the genre as their own, the americana music movement is picking up pace and breaking back into the mainstream. Artists like Ryan Adams, Ray Lamontagne, Josh Ritter, even artists in the UK like Liam Frost and Mumford and Sons, are pushing the americana music movement back to it’s rightful place at the forefront of the rock and alternative scene.

The americana scene has been growing in the UK for some time, with the emergence of websites like Americana UK contributing by providing a dedicated place for americana fans in the UK to stay on top of news, reviews and of course gigs. There’s also been big support from UK print music magazines, particularly Uncut who have been supporting americana acts for years. Now with a strong following of the genre in the UK it’s allowing UK americana acts to pack out gigs and even break into the UK charts.

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With its distinctive retro vintage style and feel, the americana movement is attracting a huge following of rock ‘n’ roll inclined music lovers of a huge diversity. Thanks to having it’s roots firmly cemented in rock ‘n’ roll of the 60’s and 70’s, this is one genre that truly transcends any age, gender and race barriers. It is one of the most noticeable and amazing traits of the genre to see the diversity of fans at an americana/alt-country gig in the UK.

The dedicated following of this unifying genre are gaining a diverse but unique identity of their own. This is particularly evident in the look and style of this crowd. A truly authentic vintage, retro look is the order of the day. With a distinctively classic style, quite apart from the rest of the rock scene, the americana style is without doubt one of the most authentic, cool, retro looks around. The key is originality. Plaid or floral shirts and blouses, worn denim, winklepickers for men and of course vintage looking retro belt buckles. The style is truly authentic, pointedly rustic and totally retro.

The style of americana can be obtained from most of the big fashion retailers on the high street and online, thanks to the surge of the vintage look that has been growing for years. This might be the case but you get the feeling that many of the fans would not feel comfortable buying from such big chains. Considering the focus on originality and authenticity, it just isn’t in keeping with the general ethos of this very individualistic and authentic crowd. Still in it’s infancy in many respects, the new americana genre is yet to see it’s styles catered for in a specifically targeted way, and is yet to see it’s distinctive style supplied by distinctive, dedicated brands. Independent brands dedicated to and supportive of the very independent feel of the genre.

Why would you wanna break a perfectly good heart?

Why would you wanna take our love and tear it all apart,now?

Why would you wanna make the very first scar?

Why would you wanna break a perfectly good heart?

Maybe I should’ve seen the signs, should’ve read the writing on the wall.

And realized by the distance in your eyes that I would be the one to fall.

No matter what you say, I still can’t believe

That you would walk away.

It don’t make sense to me, but:

[Repeat Chorus 1:]

Why would you wanna break a perfectly good heart?

Why would you wanna take our love and tear it all apart, now?

Why would you wanna make the very first scar?

Why would you wanna break a perfectly good heart?

It’s not unbroken anymore.

How do I get it back the way it was before?

[Chorus 2:]

Why would you wanna break a perfectly good heart?

Why would you wanna take our love and tear it all apart,now?

Why would you wanna make the very first scar?

Why would you wanna break, would you wanna break a:

[Repeat Chorus 1:]

Why would you wanna break a perfectly good heart?

Why would you wanna take our love and tear it all apart, now?

Why would you wanna make the very first scar?

Why would you wanna break a perfectly good heart?

 

Faithful fans of Alt.Latino will remember our trip to Colombia last year, in which we traveled throughout the country and dedicated several shows to its rich variety of music. We met and interviewed and recorded artists and bands from Aterciopelados to Joe Arroyo. If you haven’t heard it, please check it out — it’s like a virtual musical adventure.

Hace mucho que hemos querido hacer algo parecido con Brasil, un país que nos fascina por su increíble variedad musical. Decidimos invitar a nuestro programa al productor Beco Dranoff (que trabaja para la organización Red Hot y ha producido artistas de renombre como Marcelo D2 y Bebel Gilberto) para explorar la música nueva que esta naciendo en Brasil.

For a long time we’ve been wanting to do something similar with Brazil, a country that fascinates us with its incredible musical variety. So we’ve decided to pair up with Brazilian superproducer Beco Dranoff (he curates for the Red Hot Organization and has worked with artists like Marcelo D2 and Bebel Gilberto) to explore some of the most exciting new sounds coming out of that country today.

Our two-part series starts Wednesday, but we’re giving you a sneak peek on Weekend Edition Sunday. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Esta serie comienza el miércoles, pero vamos a darles un adelanto en el programa Weekend Edition Sunday. Y esto es solo una pequeña parte del gran panorama musical brasilero.

Nuestros fieles oyentes se acordarán que recientemente viajamos por toda Colombia, e hicimos varios programas dedicadoes a la increíble variedad de música que existe en ese país. Conocimos, entrevistamos y grabamos artistas y bandas como Aterciopelados y Joe Arroyo. Si todavía no han escuchado esa serie, se las recomiendo- es una aventura musical.

Es imposible hablar sobre todos los artistas nuevos de Brasil en un solo programa, pero para eso contamos con ustedes, nuestros oyentes. ¿Cuéntenos, que música brasilera nueva han escuchado últimamente?

Nos pueden dejar dicho en la sección para comentarios.

It’s impossible to cover every new artist in Brazil in just two shows — which is why we’re counting on you, our listeners, to clue us in as to what new Brazilian music you’re excited about. Tell us in the comments below!

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Nicki Minaj’s daily wardrobe may seem like she’s celebrating Halloween every day, however, it’s just part of the woman she is. While some may think she’ll just don another one of her crazy get-ups for the forthcoming ghoulish holiday, as witnessed during New York Fashion Week 2011, she has another idea in store.

The ‘Pink Friday’ creator revealed her costume choice while speaking with Ryan Seacrest during his radio show on Friday (Sept. 23). “Maybe I should dress up as a girl dressing up as Nicki Minaj. Maybe I just don’t get it quite right that day. I don’t know,” the multi-colored wig-wearing MC stated before she announced her true Halloween attire. “No! You know who I’m gonna dress up as? I’m gonna dress up as Lil Wayne.”

The Queens native performed at iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Saturday (Sept. 24). Dressed in a corseted, ballerina-like dress, Minaj wore a blonde curly wig and rocked a pink chicken wing necklace, all a part of her Harajuku style, while rhyming ‘Super Bass’ and ‘Moment For Life.’

Next month, the rap star will announce the nominees, alongside Pitbull, for the 2011 American Music Awards on Oct. 11.

As reported by The BoomBox, Nicki Minaj sent fashionistas and loyal fans into hysterics on Thursday evening (Sept. 8) when she celebrated Fashion’s Night Out in New York City. The ‘Pink Friday’ creator held court at the Giuseppe Zanotti store decked out in an Asian-influenced dress and black coif to match.

The Queens native smiled and put on her signature quirky faces while posing with designer shoes as well as Giuseppe Zanotti himself. Besides the boutique shoe store, Minaj headed to Versace where her Young Money associate Drake was manning the turntables and then to YSL, where chaos broke out when overzealous fans crowded around her and screamed upon getting a glimpse at her.

She took to her Twitter to remark on the madness. “Barbz, the President of YSL said we made history tonite for the most pandemonium ever. *kisses the barbz*,” Minaj wrote. “Believe it or not, we’ve driven over 20 blocks and a couple ken barbz r still trailing us. Lmaooo. If this n—- bang my window 1 more time!”

New York’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week kicks off today (Sept. 8) and all the stylish celebrities will be sitting front row at this season’s biggest runway shows to view designers’ Spring 2012 collections first-hand.

But, for every fashion-forward celeb who continuously tops all the best-dressed lists there is a notoriously worst-dressed regular. Even the fashion icons can lets us down, on what we’ll call “stylist’s day off.” In celebration of Fashion Week, we’re taking a look at the best of the worst music celebrity red carpet fashion faux pas of 2011. Check out our photo gallery below!