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!!!
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!!!
Posted by: Rob Reason on January 13, 2011 @ 12:23 PM
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One of the hardest working bands around today will be hitting the road once again. Little Dragon, is touring the North America in support of their most recent album. 2010 was a huge year for these guys!
Upcoming Tour Dates
Jan 16 Chicago @ Lincoln Hall
Jan 17 Toronto, Canada @ Wrongbar
Jan 18 Montreal, Canada @ Il Motore
Jan 20 New York City @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Jan 21 New York City @ The Bowery Ballroom
Jan 22 Washington DC @ Black Cat
Jan 23 Philadelphia @ Johnny Brenda’s
Jan 25 Atlanta @ The Masquerade
Jan 29 Salt Lake City @ Urban Lounge
Jan 30 Austin C3 PRESENTS
Feb 1 Phoenix @ The Rhythm Room
Feb 3 Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theatre Santa Cruz
Feb 4 San Francisco @ The Independent
Feb 5 San Francisco @ The Independent
Feb 8 London, United Kingdom @ The Relentless Garage
Posted by: g.win on January 13, 2011 @ 10:44 AM
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Bassnectar had a HUGE 2010, but that’s not stopping him from making sure 2011 is just as nuts. Bassnectar will be embarking on quite a trek touring through the west coast for his spring tour. A handful of dates are already sold out. Check bassnectar.net for ticket info. Bass heads get ready…it’s going to be a busy spring!
02/01/11 Bassnectar in Petaluma, CA @ Phoenix Theater
02/02/11 Bassnectar in Eureka, CA @ Redwood Acres
02/03/11 Bassnectar in Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theater
02/04/11 Bassnectar in Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater (Indoors)
02/05/11 Bassnectar in Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater
02/10/11 Bassnectar in Santa Cruz, CA @ Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
02/11/11 Bassnectar in Lake Tahoe, NV @ MontBleu Resort Showroom
02/12/11 Bassnectar in Lake Tahoe, NV @ MontBleu Resort Showroom
02/19/11 Bassnectar in Asheville, NC @ Bass Center 2
02/22/11 Bassnectar in Oxford, MS @ The Lyric
02/24/11 Bassnectar in Memphis, TN @ Minglewood
02/25/11 Bassnectar in Fayetteville, AR @ Fayetteville Town Center
02/26/11 Bassnectar in Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theater
03/05/11 Bassnectar in Vail Valley, CO @ Snow Ball Music Festival
04/06/11 Bassnectar in Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
04/07/11 Bassnectar in Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
04/08/11 Bassnectar in Madison, WI @ The Orpheum Theater
04/09/11 Bassnectar in St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
04/12/11 Bassnectar in Kalamazoo, MI @ State Theater
04/13/11 Bassnectar in Covington, KY @ Madison Theater
04/15/11 Bassnectar in Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
04/16/11 Bassnectar in Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues
04/21/11 Bassnectar in Portland, ME @ State Theater
04/22/11 Bassnectar in Boston, MA @ House of Blues
04/23/11 Bassnectar in Albany, NY @ Washington Avenue Armory
05/29/11 Bassnectar in Chillicothe, IL @ Summer Camp
06/03/11 Bassnectar in Ozark, AR @ Wakarusa Music Festival
San Francisco was the epicenter of the American rave scene and witnessed some legendary events that began in the early ‘90s. These all-night electronic-music dance parties attracted a diverse cross-section of people. Culturally iconic and socially important, the parties became a catalyst in the lives of so many of the people who experienced them.
By weaving together interviews shot at previous locations where these parties took place with archival footage, contemporary B-Roll and time-lapse photography, we are creating a deep and poetic film that examines the do-it-yourself mentality and psychedelic community spirit that the San Francisco Bay Area rave scene epitomized. We believe that the subject matter is as socially and culturally significant today as it was almost 20 years ago, making for a fascinating story that will resonate with a broad global audience.
The documentary features interviews from Jeno, DJ Dan, Sharon Buck, and many more.
Click here to support the documentary.
Posted by: g.win on January 8, 2011 @ 2:45 PM
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“DJ Jazzy Jeff” Townes was born in West Philadelphia in a very musical household and developed a love of music at an early age. Jeff was just 10 years old when he started spinning records at parties using his family’s basement as a training ground for his expert mixing. Soon after, he began doing shows on the block party/ballroom circuit in West Philadelphia. It was through these shows that he quickly built a reputation, which had him spinning all over his hometown. Jeff rolled with many crews and emcees around Philly but it was 1985 when he met Will Smith on the house party circuit. Jeff’s regular MC was away so Will stepped to the mic and the chemistry was instant. DJ JAZZYJEFFANDTHEFRESHPRINCE were born and the rest is history. Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince released 5 albums in 7 years, sold 14 million records together, and won 2 Grammy and 3 American Music Awards.
Soon after, Jeff began pursuing solo projects and production work for superstar artists including Michael Jackson, Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Dave Hollister, City High, Floetry, and Lil Kim. In 2004 Jazzy Jeff released his first official mix CD, “Hip Hop Forever II” for BBE. The album showcased Jeff’s trademark mixing skills and many underground and overlooked hip-hop classics. In 2005 Jeff continued his 20-year collaboration with Will Smith working on Will’s fourth solo release “Lost & Found.” The album features production and scratches from Jazzy Jeff. Jeff & Will have also been back performing together again at various shows and premieres. Jeff also began working on his second solo album, “The Return of the Magnificent” available now in stores and online, featuring collaborations with Method Man, Big Daddy Kane, De La Soul, and Rhymefest. In the last few years Jazzy Jeff has collaborated on with DJ AM on various occasions along with being one of the primary DJs for Activision’s new DJ Hero game. Jazzy Jeff continues to represent the DJ throughout his records, mix tapes, and live shows performing sold out DJ sets at the hottest clubs in the world.
VTech Radio Presents DJ Jazzy Jeff Live at Mighty San Francisco on January 21st, 2011.
Ultra Music Festival revealed its Phase One lineup announcement. I do have the say that the UMF has continually gotten more exciting with each yet. Once viewed as pool of candy ravers, the UMF’s lineup in recent years have really done its job in accurately showcasing current trends in the Electronica and Dance genres. This year there is an ambitious mix of live indie electro / dance bands and DJ sets.
You guys all remember Groove Armada’s multiple day booking last year right?
Tickets are still on sale for $179.95 for 3-day general admission.
Phase One Line Up
Tiësto, Deadmau5, The Chemical Brothers (Live), David Guetta, Carl Cox, Empire of the Sun, Crystal Castles, Cut Copy, Röyksopp, Trentemøller (Live), Erasure, MSTRKRFT, Boyz Noize, Chromeo, Ferry Corsten, STS9, Klaxons, CSS, Benny Benassi, Rusko, Simian Mobile Disco (Live), Steve Aoki, Wolfgang Gartner, !!!, Claude VonStroke, Sander Kleinenberg (Live), Skrillex, Hybrid (Live), Gui Boratto, Martin Solveig, Joris Voorn, Mr. Oizo, Nero, Chris Lake, Holy Ghost!, Tinie Tempah, Super Mash Bros., Afrobeta
Posted by: g.win on December 16, 2010 @ 12:00 AM
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VTech, Stussy, and others are joining forces to present for the heads this Friday, December 17th at Mighty. On the musical bill is legendary hip hop / R&B artist Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Ali Shaheed is most well known for being 1/3 of legendary hip hop trio, A Tribe Called Quest and R&B supergroup, Lucy Pearl.
Along with bandmates, Q-Tip and Phife, Ali Shaheed Muhammad went on to recording five albums as A Tribe Called Quest, and establishing ATCQ as hip hop legends. Tribe exited the world via the same stage as The Beatles and The Police, but their influence still lives with artists like D’Angelo, Common, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, The Roots and Musiq. (see A Tribe Called Quest Movie coming in 2011. )
After Tribe, Ali co-founded a new super trio named Lucy Pearl. Here with band members Dawn Robinson and Raphael Saadiq, he was able to explore more of his music abilities. Lucy Pearl fused funk, rock, R & B and hip-hop bringing a new energy and sound which remains to be duplicated.
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!!!
Om is teaming up for the 2nd year straight with KCRW and Vieroy Santa Monica to present a unique New Years Eve experience. We’re bringing together some of the greatest music selectors of today for a night of food, drinks, and eclectic music.
Featuring Music Selection From
Mayer Hawthorne (DJ Set) (Stones Throw Records, LA)
One of the hottest names to come from the underground, Mayer Hawthorne has spent 2009 and most of 2010 becoming a household name. With his “Retro-motown” feel, he’s helped to bring back sophisticated classic soul into the mainstream. What many don’t know is that he started out as a DJ. For this special event, he will be putting down the mic inexchange for some vinyl records and paired up with the producers behind his recent track, “No Strings”.
Classixx (Los Angeles, CA)
Tyler Blake and Michael David, childhood friends, started a DJ duo in the suburbs of Los Angeles and quickly became blog sweethearts with their sun-kissed electronic remixes of Drop The Lime, Groove Armada, Fischerspooner, Shiny Toy Guns, and more. Most recently Classixx helped produced the newest Mayer Hawthorne track, “No Strings”. Classixx’s are putting the final touches to their debut artist album.
Jason Bentley (Morning Becomes Eclectic, KCRW)
Jason Bentley is KCRW’s Music Director and host of one of the most influential radio shows in the US, Morning Becomes Eclectic. Jason is hands down, one of the most important music selectors of today.
Raul Campos (Nocturna, KCRW)
The night wouldn’t sound the same without Raul Campos spinning the soundtrack. Born and raised in East L.A., Raul has his finger on the pulse of what makes this city beat. House, down-tempo, urban-soul, and Latin rhythms blend together for a killer mix.
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
Posted by: Rob Reason on November 16, 2010 @ 12:12 PM
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