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Rob Reason presents Hip-Hop, Hope & Harmony w/ J Boogie
[a SF AIDS Walk 2011 benefit party]

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Help our team raise money, hope & awareness thru music for the upcoming 25th Annual SF AIDS Walk – July 17th. We got DJ/Producer J Boogie (of Om Records/Dubtronic Science) on the one’s & two’s with guest performances by SF Bay Area’s best local artists! All proceeds go to SF AIDS Walk Foundation & the further research of/for HIV/AIDS programs in our community.

LINE-UP:
J Boogie [DJ/Co-Host]
Kurse Krew
BPos
Z’Amico
Sonic Valium
New Gen
Antar & more…

WHERE:
Bec’s Bar & Bistro
2271 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA
510.647.1790

Show start at 9pm till late

PRICE:
$5 [admission]
$10 [admission plus AIDS Walk benefit cd – Microphone Madness]

For questions/press/volunteer contact:
Rob Reason
510-904-7899
aidswalk.arocrecords.com

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Posted by: Rob Reason on May 20, 2011 @ 9:57 AM
Posted in: Events
June 18th on Governors Island, New York, People Under The Stairs will be performing at the first-ever Governors Ball Music Festival.

The Governor’s Ball Music Festival is a one-day music festival on June 18, 2011 set on New York City’s Governors Island.
The festival will bring together some of the biggest names in electronic, hip hop, and indie music to celebrate the kick-off of Summer 2011.
There will be performances from noon until midnight (no overlapping sets!), as well as other activities, great food, great beer and wine, and great people.

For more info go to Governors Music Ball Festival

Grab your Early-Bird Tickets on February 24th:


Here’s a video of featured artists

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Posted by: Rob Reason on February 24, 2011 @ 1:21 AM
Posted in: Events

Los Angeles based People Under The Stairs, Double K (Michael Turner) and Thes One (Christopher Portugal) have been claimed to be the most successful fully independent hip hop duo in the history of Hip-Hop. Continuing to keep history true, these self-managed emcees have sold out countless venues & shows spanning 6 continents and 40 countries!

Come check out the ethnic Beastie Boys blow up speakers & microphones at one of the upcoming tour dates, in support of their Secret House Party Tour where “Beer” is most definitely allowed & encouraged!!!

January:
22 @ Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
23 @ Ghostranch Saloon
25 @ Ullrs Tavern, Winter Park, CO
26 @ Fox Theatre, CO
27 @ three20south, Breckenridge, CO
28 @ Agave, Avon, CO
29 @ Marquis Theatre, Denver, CO

Check out the latest People Under The Stairs music video, Beer!!!

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Posted by: Rob Reason on January 13, 2011 @ 12:23 PM
Posted in: Events


Setting the mood to this electrifying evening of events was Oakland Faders own, DJ Platurn; keeping heads busy while in between performances. Longtime Zion I kinsmen Deuce Eclipse displayed his lyrical prowess over Latin/hip-hop grooves. His set had myself, as well as the whole crowd, hypnotized; anticipating what he’ll do next. Switch from English to words in Spanish only added to the drama he brought to the stage. I thought to myself, “how would I classify his sound & presence…” And I thought, a Hip-Hop Carlos Santana.

This is not to take way from Eligh of Living Legend’s performance. His performance was an exhibition of metaphorical meticulousness; unfolding lyrics at autobahn speed with the precision of a sniper. Giving fans a taste on what to expect on his newest album,
“Gray Crow”.

And then the moment we were all waiting for, the Zion I crew step on stage like they were greeting a crowd of friends to a celebration. They were the stars of the night; shaking fans hands showing the continued love for support. Zion I had command over the crowd like train conductors; heads bobbing in hypnosis as they inhale the gifts brought by the legendary Bay Area emcees. Zumbi guided fans on a trip through Zion I classics from their previous releases before they pulled out new bangers from there lastest endeavor, Atomic Clock. The biggest treat was when Amp Live stepped out from behind the turntables and started playing digital tag between his MIDI controller and the crowd which is something I’ve never witnessed at a hip hop show.

Most definitely this was a show in which I was extremely impressed by the entire line-up. Once again they brought the experience of a hip-hop performance to another level; a higher plateau for other acts to strive for. Also, this was a show for fans of all ages, now that’s love!!!

FOR MORE PHOTOS FROM THE RELEASE PARTY, PLUS FREE ZION I DOWNLOADS go to:
Atomic Clock Release Show @ Slim’s

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Posted by: Rob Reason on December 1, 2010 @ 10:50 AM
Posted in: Events


Zion-I writes that this album is there “usual mix of sonic exploration”” I say it’s the return to the reason why there sound remains infectious. From tracks like Always, Polarity & Many Stylez you’ll hear the elements of their musical evolution wrapped around moments of mastery.

This album takes me back to the experimental remnants of Zion-I’s first album, Mind Over Matter. Yes, this is definitely a classic in the making!

Below are two FREE downloads: Polarity & Many Stylez







Come celebrate & show your support at Zion-I upcoming Atomic Clock CD release party this weekend; Saturday, Nov. 20th 7 & Sunday, Nov 21st @ Slim’s in San Francisco. Click Here For Details
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Posted by: Rob Reason on November 16, 2010 @ 12:12 PM
Posted in: Events


Prepare yourself to get Carried Away at a “Secret House Party” with the People Under The Stairs. Attention folks of all legal ages, this is the time to come out (no parents allowed) and support a crew that has kept the hope of hip-hop alive over 10 years strong. The P will be bringing a traveling record store with them where you can purchase an exclusive People Under the Stairs record bag and fill it up with vinyl from Thes One and Double K’s collections. Keep checking back as PUTS will announce additional dates shortly.

In support of their new single, “Beer”,off there latest album, Carried Away, they’ve released a new music video for “Beer” that’s sure to entertain you. Click here to view the music video. “Beer b/w Down in L.A.” comes out on December 14th and will be available on iTunes.

Keep checking their artist page for updated dates.

Here’s the dates/venues/cities they’ll be hitting up:

11/19 Glass House, Anaheim, CA

11/30 Casbah, San Diego, CA

12/2 Velvet Jones, Santa Barbara, CA

12/3 Slim’s, San Francisco, CA

12/4 Sol Collective, Sacramento, CA

12/5 Whiskey Dick’s, South Lake Tahoe, CA

12/9 Cellar Door, Visalia, CA

12/11 El Rey, Los Angeles, CA

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Posted by: Rob Reason on November 10, 2010 @ 2:27 PM
Posted in: Events


Check out another installment of Amp Live’s digital display of why he’s hot right now – no pun intended of course. Off Amp Live’s current album, Murder At The Disctech, this right here is a portrait of Amp’s ability to infuse hip-hop & electronic music and bring listeners to a new experience of sound.

Not to mention the all-star line up: Dude Royal, The Grouch, Fashawn, Eligh, Bambu, Zumbi &
Chris Young… what more needs to be said. For those who thought hip-hop is dead, its just been reinvented!!!!

Welcome to the new world order…..

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Posted by: Rob Reason on November 2, 2010 @ 11:20 AM
Posted in: News


September 24th, 2010 was mos’ definitely a night to remember. This is the reason why I love hip-hop. Under one roof you had Black Milk, Elzhi (of Slum Village) and DJ House Shoes displaying head nodding, hip shaking lyrics over thought provoking grooves. Emcees back by a live band & an ill DJ what else can you ask for?

All in celebration of Black Milk’s latest album release,Album Of The Year. A rare album, in which I was actually able to listen through the entire album, from track to track, and stay interested, engaged & entangled by Black Milk’s witty wordplay. Yes, people, this evening Frequency has done it again!

FULL SCREEN
The Sounds of VTech / Black Milk “365” Live @ Frequency

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Posted by: Rob Reason on October 13, 2010 @ 12:10 PM
Posted in: Events

It’s another installment from Zion I’s Amp Live delivering a definite dose of electric funk. Coming from a history of defying all boundaries when it comes to the contemporary sounds of music, this video is evidence that the mission lives on.

Prepare yourself as Amp Live plays the role of a electro-magnetic maestro as he guides you through an electric fairytale of injected images of breaking dancing, ninjas, & chickens (that’s right I said it). This video takes you on a muscle bond journey of beats that even I have a problem NOT moving too. Damn it, for being so catchy! ‘Chick Pop’ was recently featured on MTV’s Buried Life. You can get the track off of Amp Live’s recent solo album, “Murder At The Discotech”.


Amp Live – Chick Pop

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Posted by: Rob Reason on October 11, 2010 @ 11:43 AM
Posted in: Visual Stimulation

Groove Armada are set to release ‘White Light’ on October 25th. The album comprises live studio re-workings of tracks from their acclaimed album ‘Black Light’ which was released at the beginning of the year.

The nine track release includes all new track ‘1980’ and the much sought after History (Love Remix) and follows the recent announcement that Groove Armada’s forthcoming UK and Australia tours are set to be their last ever live shows as a full band.

Tom Findlay of Groove Armada commented “It began as Black Light. Then it was recut, reworked and enlarged for a festival season that began at Glastonbury, crossed Europe, took in Japan, and ended in Moscow. Now these king size live versions have been taken back to the studio and re-recorded. Black Light has become White Light.”

For its first month of release the CD of ‘White Light’ will be exclusively available from HMV stores and online and iTunes in digital format.

Full track listing:

1. Warsaw
2. Time & Space
3. History
4. Not Forgotten
5. I Won’t Kneel
6. Look Me In The Eye Sister
7. Paper Romance
8. 1980
9. History (Love Mix), Written by Cato/Findlay/Young

Catch Groove Armada live for the last time at the dates below:

October
Thu 7th LEEDS, O2 ACADEMY – 0844 477 2000
Fri 8th GLASGOW, O2 ACADEMY – 0844 4772000
Sat 9th MANCHESTER, ACADEMYSOLD OUT
Mon 11th NORWICH, UEA – 01603 508050
Tue 12th BRISTOL, O2 ACADEMYSOLD OUT
Thu 14th BIRMINGHAM, O2 ACADEMY – 0844 477 2000
Fri 15th LONDON, O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON (7pm-11pm) – 0844 477 2000
Sat 16th LONDON, O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON (9pm-3am) – SOLD OUT

Buy Online:
www.gigsandtours.com

www.groovearmada.com

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Posted by: Rob Reason on October 4, 2010 @ 10:25 AM
Posted in: Music
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