ScHoolboy Q performs sold out show at S.O.B’s

SchoolBoy Q at SOBs shot by Gyasi Kirtley

ScHoolboy Q @ SOB’s ScHoolboy Q is a trooper. The Top Dawg Entertainment-signed rapper played two sold out shows last night at New York’s SOB’s, defying the “You’ve seen one, you’ve seen em’ all” rule of thumb. Calling the first show packed would be a bit of an understatement. Calling the second show anything less would be down right absurd. The crowd was dense,... Read More

SXSW Music Festival 2013 in Austin, Texas

Major Lazer Confetti @ Viceland SXSW shot by Gyasi Kirtley.jpg

Trying to plan your SXSW week is like trying to plan out puberty; your palms get sweaty and a wave of uncertainty washes over your entire body. Whatever magical fantasies you conjured up in your skull now become devilishly intertwined with the reality of long nights, an insane amount of substance abuse, and free mementos to show off to the folks back home. This year SXSW featured... Read More

Reggie Watts at Under The Radar Festival 2013

Reggie-Watts-Michael D Arthur

Like many Americans, if you lay virgin to a Reggie Watts performance there is no surefire way to mentally prepare for the soul stimulating experience. In case you want some background basics however, let us give you some minor tips: 1)     Wear comfortable shoes. 2)     Make sure you slab on a few extra layers of deodorant prior to. 3)     Hold your drink in the hand... Read More

Funk Volume Presents : Hopsin at the Highline Ballrom


Under the black of the venue, faces became unrecognizable. With the space dripping with teenage angst and sweat, one wrong move could have landed you in the center of a brewing mosh-pit. Hopsin made his way to New York on the Funk Volume 2012 Tour last week at the Highline Ballroom in the Lower Eastside. Consist in his stage presence and performance Hopsin played “Nocturnal Rainbows”,... Read More

B.E.T Music Matters and TDE presents Kendrick Lamar featuring Jay Rock and Ab Soul


The blue hue coming from the bar area was the only source of lighting besides the spotlights on stage. Though the anticipation was heavy most keep their cool, conversing with fellow onlookers asking questions like “When will they start” or “Who’s first” and making statements starting with “I hope he plays”. TDE stepped down hard in New York City’s Terminal 5 last... Read More

Rock The Bells 2012: San Bernardino

Nas on the Rock The Bells Stage. Shot by Colin Main

In the few short seconds before officials opened the black gates, San Bernardino’s Nos Events Center transformed from a field of scorching asphalt to the epicenter of hip-hop on the west coast. Drawing more than 37,000 fans this weekend, the Annual Rock The Bells festival served as a platform for more than 60 artists, all representing the past and future of hip hop music. On what... Read More

Rock The Bells 2012


A musical heatwave is about to hit San Bernardino unlike any other. This weekend more than 40 legendary and emerging artist will touch down on the stage, setting off the first day of the annual Rock The Bells Festival concert series. Featuring artist like Nas, J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar w/ Black Hippy, Method Man and Redman, Common and many more, Rock The Bells 2012 is sure to be... Read More

Tallest Man on Earth @ Town Hall


There’s little doubt that Kristian Matsson, better known as the Tallest Man on Earth, felt slightly out of place at Town Hall on Wednesday. At one point, after an inter-song “I love you!” cry from a fan, he mumbled back something along the lines of “I love you too New York. You’re big and scary, but I love you.” After all, Times Square, with... Read More

Girls Like Bass?


I sat anticipating, without a guess of what was coming. Technicians fiddling with sound equipment looked official and organised, but not stressed. From the beginning it was surreal. Bizarre plinking, futuristic sound effects and warped, brashly coloured screensaver graphics created a kind of portal. Merely suggestions. The Manhattan bridge archway, at Adams and Water streets contained... Read More

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry @ BAM


If the words Crossing Brooklyn Ferry were thrown into a friendly conversation, many would think of the timeless Whitman poem that illuminated a common human condition through the guise of a ferry trip. But Aaron and Bryce Dessner’s recent collaboration with the Brooklyn Academy of Music in a three-night independent music festival has birthed a fresh new meaning for that three-word... Read More


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