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~ Easter *420* Sunday ~

On the edge of summer, artist How To Dress Well drops his LP, What Is This Heart? And w/the release of masterful singles like — “Repeat Pleasure”, as well as the above “Words I Don’t Remember”, I’m amongst the thousands who…well, can’t wait to undress to it. Yea, repeat pleasure in a different way, he hardly does it fast. Slow it down baby, please…  

:: Hit da Road Jack! ::

imageNeon Gold presents UK darlings, Summer Camp @Brooklyn Bowl as part of Popshop (NYC) Brooklyn on April 12, hey it’s a Sat! Time to get HAPPY!

imageMister Saturday Night morphs into Mister Sunday Night, happening @Shea Stadium (the lil’ one), on April 13 from 3-9p. Grab those last tix!

imageRe*Treat reheats on Sat, April 12 from 9p-2a on a tropical vibe @La Brea Night Club feat. resident DJ Space (Frankie Knuckles tribute set), alongside tropical guest, DJ Chris Brazil + his Tropico 23 Sound System. This time, not only r the beats gonna treat ya feet, but the fruits n’ below-the-equator foods will make ya feel sweet!

imageFor those who ain’t makin’ it, as in to Coachella to see OutKast — talk bout rubbing it in, or Nas ;-) OK, enuff. DJ Scetch has Mary J. Blige getting back in the mix for SOUL FOOD this Fri, April 11 from 9p-2a @Onyx Lounge in DTLA!

imageWho exactly is this Blood Orange? Never heard of him yet he’s selling out everywhere he goes, including Coachella? K, time to re-examine your cool status. 

Tour Dates
4/13/14              Indio, CA @Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
4/14/14              Los Angeles @El Rey Theatre – SOLD OUT
4/15/14              San Fran @Great American Music Hall – SOLD OUT
4/20/14              Indio, CA @Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
8/1/14                Chicago @Lollapalooza
imageOver Coachella, or too Brokechella this year? Sun, April 13 — soak in the pool @The Standard Rooftop (DTLA), while soaking in soulful house by one of the post-pioneers of house music, Chicago’s own Roy Davis, Jr. For ‘Drenched-ella’ expect some exclusive Frankie Knuckles too, going down 1-7p, buy tix!
imageThis kid, Shy Girls has a lil’ buzz, n’ it’ll be even bigger stepping out on tour w/Haim, peep (voyeur if U will!) his dates below.
04/09/14 Wed - San Francisco CA @ The Fillmore
04/10/14 Thu - San Francisco CA @ The Fillmore
04/16/14 Wed - Pomona CA @ Fox Theatre
04/22/14 Tue - Houston TX @ House of Blues
04/23/14 Wed - Austin TX @ Stubbs
04/24/14 Thu - Dallas TX @ House of Blues
04/26/14 Sat - Tulsa OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
04/27/14 Sun - Nashville TN @ Cannery Ballroom 
04/29/14 Tue - Miami FL @ The Fillmore
05/02/14 Fri - Atlanta GA @ Tabernacle 
05/06/14 Tue - Carrboro NC @ Cat’s Cradle
05/07/14 Wed - Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
05/08/14 Thu - Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
05/10/14 Sat - New York NY @ Terminal 5
imageOn Thurs, April 17 from 7-10p in LA @hvw8blog, come out to the fab opening of a dope art/photo show titled, Rebel Cultures: Punks, Rap & Gangs by Janette Beckman. Yep, you’d wanna RSVPimage

imageGRiZ kicks off his “Power in Numbers" tour. He’s hitting the road, so see dates below n’ download his latest REMIX of ”Slippin’ Into Darkness” by Lettuce, for FREE of course!

GRiZ Power In Numbers Tour

4/3/14 @  Marquette, MI | Northern Michigan University
4/4/14 @ Fargo, ND | The Venue
4/8/14 @ Lincoln, NE | Bourbon Theatre
4/9/14 @ Iowa City, IA | Blue Moose
4/10/14 @ Milwaukee, WI | Eagles Ballroom
4/11/14 @ Grand Rapids, MI | Intersection
4/12/14 @ Athens, OH | #Fest *
4/15/14 @ Pittsburgh, PA | Rex Theatre
4/16/14 @ Charlottesville, VA | Jefferson Theatre
4/17/14 @ Charlotte, NC | Chop Shop 
4/18/14 @ Charleston, SC | Music Farm
4/19/14 @ Orlando, FL | Firestone Live
4/20/14 @ Miami, FL | Grand Central
4/23/14 @ Tampa, FL | The Ritz Ybor
4/24/14 @ Jacksonville, FL | Freebird
4/25/14 @ Pensacola, FL | Vinyl Music Hall
4/26/14 @ Counterpoint Music Festival | Kingston, GA *
4/29/14 @ Fayetteville, AR | George’s Majestic
4/30/14 @ Columbia, MO | Blue Note
5/1/14 @ Tulsa, OK | Cain’s Ballroom
5/2/14 @ Dallas, TX | JMBLYA *
5/3/14 @ New Braunfels, TX | JMBLYA *
imageREDCAT presents Amsterdam-based acclaimed dance-theater company EMIO GRECO|PC for their “ROCCO" show from April 17-19, 8:30p @Redcat DTLA. Set in a stylized boxing ring, patrons can even choose a ringside seat for this intense night of dance!
imageLots going on for this national record store day in LA on the brink of *420*, like catching Little Dragon @Amoeba​ in H’wood from 2p, or so we heard…or gettin’ ya fingers dirty by diggin’ in the crates @Artform Studio in DTLA, all day! 
imageIf you’re in Brooklyn this Sat, April 19 @House of Art Gallery, from 1-3p, catch indie artist (while sippin’ complimentary drinks), Willard Hill - a New Orleans transplant in NY/LA, doing his eclectic soulful, rapful n’ jazzful exploits in music. art + rhymes + drinks yes yes y’all…
imageDEATH celebrates their LP release, Death III, w/a record release party @The Satellite in Silverlake on Tues, April 22, where they’ll perform, do a Q&A n’ hopefully NOT crowd-surf LOL! Hey, these cats are old we need to preserve them OK!
imageMasked wrestlers x striptease x comedy = Lucha VaVOOM! In LA, on May 1 & 2, there’s gonna be mask-grabbing, booty-shaking n’ gut-exercising @Mayan Theater from 7p.
imageThe 30th annual Reggae On The River happens on 4 days in the heart of the summer, from July 31 - August 3. The line-up is incredibly irie, so if you’ve never been up north (Cali) for it yet, time to get ya smoke camp on… image
imageGilles Peterson drops this in mid-May, promising to add even more steam to Brasil’s hosting of the 2014 World Cup. Can U just say sing, Bam Bam Bam!?


Big folks, especially w/confidence, have such character — outweighing any of U lil’ fit folks, like Action Bronson in his ‘Adventure Time' doing whatever in South Africa. Almost fell off my chair when he attempted spraying that wall! Don't miss Episodes 1 n’ 2.

Fya! Still the hardest + most radical music coming thru ya western world babylon system.

:| Kai Exos ~ *vigilante* |:

Caught up w/Kai Exos n’ this cool cat’s soulful songs @Hotel Café in H’wood the other night, just before he n’ his band jetted off to Tokyo for more shows. Reminding me a bit of Donnie or even John Legend, the Toronto-based/Miami-raised Kai gave an intimate set, one that required a quiet, hush hush atmos. Hopefully soon (his Vigilante LP drops in June) more listeners will hear the depth of his travels. Wishing U good luck my fellow #trini!

Will.I.Am developed a watch AKA timepiece — all on his own, how else? Now it ‘may’ not actually tell the time but wait a minute now…it does everything else tho! Ditch ya cellphone, that’s what time it is. ‘Watch’! Check him flex it on Alan Carr’sChatty Man" talk show. 

Sweet Valley stirs up ridiculous beats, anywhere between potent sound system riddims n’ 808-bass, while rapper DaVinci spits off lyrics that’ll crunch $$$, rope in nuff gal, boast drugs n’ cause ya to pause before U stock up ya kitchen cabinet w/this Ghetto Cuisine. Stay thirsty hungry my friends… 

Sweet Valley stirs up ridiculous beats, anywhere between potent sound system riddims n’ 808-bass, while rapper DaVinci spits off lyrics that’ll crunch $$$, rope in nuff gal, boast drugs n’ cause ya to pause before U stock up ya kitchen cabinet w/this Ghetto Cuisine. Stay thirsty hungry my friends… 

*OG ~80's~ Swag*