#Revolution2: RPM IS BACK!

Did you miss us? It’s been a revolutionary minute since we last hit you with a good dose of Indigenous Music Culture. But we’re happy to let you know that RPM is back!

The crew has been busy since the winter working on music, touring, songwriting, media arts, land-based education, political organizing and a host of other arts, decolonizing and resurgence projects—all the while planning to get back online to bring you the best Indigenous music from across Turtle Island and around the world.

From the #RoundDanceRevolution to Idle No More to the Indigenous Nationhood Movement, we’ve been deeply inspired by everything happening in Indian Country, and we’re happy to be back up and running with new music, reviews, interviews and artist features.

To kick things off, we have the #NationHood Mixtape—a global compilation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists’ music in support of oppressed peoples’ struggles for liberation; a review of Tara Williamson’s new EP, Lie Low, from Leanne Betasamosake Simpson; a report on the recent New Zealand Music Awards and the winner for Best Maori Album, Maisey Rika; and an interview with Phoenix hip-hop duo Shining Soul!

We’ve got lots more in the works but for now, enjoy the new music. Thanks for your patience and support of RPM—and please share the good news on all your channels.

It’s time for #Revolution2. Let’s go.

Exciting News: RPM is Now 100% Independent!

Indigenous Afterdark: Around the Sun – RPM.fm/Skookum One Year Anniversary Party

Saturday, November 10, 2012

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year since we launched RPM – and we’ve got nothing but love for everyone who has supported us and helped us grow. Now it’s time to celebrate!

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The Skookum Sound System and RPM.fm One Year Celebration
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories
FEATURING: Skookum Sound | DJ Krisp | Mob Bounce | DJ Annashay  | ++Very Special Surprise Guests

Hosted by RPM’s very own Ostwelve.

Doors @ 9pm. Tickets for Indigenous Afterdark can be found online here: http://aroundthesun.eventbrite.com/

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Join us in celebrating the REAL sounds of INDIGENOUS MUSIC CULTURE!

Read the full article on RPM…

Beat Nation Storms the VAG
by Marika Swan

Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture opens at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Friday February 25th featuring performances by Jackson 2Bears, A Tribe Called RedSkeena ReeceNicholas Galanin, and RPM’s Ostwelve. 

Every so often the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) hosts FUSE Fridays with live music and performance. This Friday will not only host an epic roster of performers but will open the Beat Nation art exhibit featuring work by Sunny Assu, Shawn HuntJordan BennettDana ClaxtonNicholas GalaninKent Monkman and others. There will also be an RPM installation of Indigenous hip-hop music videos, intercut with commentary by Ostwelve.

Beat Nation
Friday, February 24, 2012
8:30pm to 1am
Performances by Jackson 2Bears, Skeena Reece, Nicholas Galanin, A Tribe Called Red, and Ostwelve.

Find out more about this event here.

The exhibit runs from February 25 – June 3, 2012.

Here are some shots from Beat Nation’s last show at the PUSH festival.