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imageLook closely at the ear. Go’head, see it? That’s half of a pair of DUBS — a lil’ comfy gadget, like earphones that lessens the sound 12 decibels. Whether at a loud outdoor or indoor concert, or even in a club w/that boom n’ fizz making it crazy noisey, pop these in n’ it’ll be hard to imagine them out. Doesn’t block the sound totally…no no no, just “filters” it out perfectly. 

imageCatch the hip-hop relevant documentary, “Nas: Time Is Illmatic" across the nation, in theaters now (for a limited time)! Based around the classic debut LP, Illmatic by one of my favorites, it’s time to go see why he’s so rightfully rated #1.

imageATL, your wish is about to come TRUE…in 2015! But in the meantime, celebrate “Wicked Afropunk Party" on Sun, Oct. 5 from 9p-1a @?, for YOUR Afropunk Festiva

imageIn LA, the good Lorde will set your souls free on fire for two dates now - Oct. 6 & 7, @Greek Theatre. Makes me wish I’d signed up for this when I first heard of it…

imageIn LA, finally… Café Bustelo opens their pop-up café to LA — for cafecito, music and they’ll be serving up complimentary coffee, wi-fi, giveaways, and an exciting line-up of live bands and DJs. Don’t miss out!

imageIn London, @Oval Space on Sat, Oct. 11 — go celebrate the 15th year anniversary of record label, Wah Wah 45s. Kenny Dope's spinning, alongside many other musical offerings from such creatives as Lea Lea, Scrimshire, Hackney Colliery Band n’ more!

imageThis is the REAL ‘Captain Phillips’! Opening today, Fri Oct. 3 @Cinema Village, Vice Films present: “Fishing Without Nets" — running for just a week in NY. Somali pirates, manhood, torn heartfelt emotions between captain n’ pirates. Yikes!

imageThird-wave dub specialists, Tour de Force strengthen-up to release, Battle Cry Remixed (RSVP for LP release party on Fri, Oct. 10 in Brooklyn @The Paperbox)! Hold tight, ‘cause this one’s for bass lovers! Rub-a-dub riddims, razor-sharp effects n’ reverb! 

imageHeaded to Miami? Sure U are…On Sat, Oct. 11 from 7p-12a, celebrate in style @Guinness Live it up! Feat. top DJs and reggae artists: Waggy TMoksha Root AllstarsDJ Troubles, DJ Obi, DJ Baboo + special art exhibits by Jacqueline Gopie & Onajide Shabaka! Here’s a sneak peak! Guest code: 2162

imageOctober’s all about those ‘Felabration' + *Finding Fela events! See below for dates in your city. Can’t make it out to any? Then cop the Brian Eno-curated Fela Kuti boxset out now n’ listen to up to 7 album’s worth in total! 

Oakland - 10/11 - Juke! Felabration  @Somar BarTickets
DC - 10/15 - Lil SoSo @Den of Thieves*Tickets 
DC - 10/15 - DJ Underdog + Rich Medina @Liv NightclubTickets
NY - 10/15 - Chop & Quench, ?uestlove @Le Poisson RougeTickets
Los Angeles - 10/17 - Jump N Fun w/Rich Medina @The EchoTickets
Denver - 10/18 Groove Prod. @Cervantes Masterpiece Ballrm - Tickets
Oakland - 10/18Lagos Roots Afrobeat Ensemble @New ParishTickets
SF - 10/18 w/ Rich Medina & The Lijadu Sisters @MightyTickets
Dallas TX - 10/24 - Sandaga 813 - Tickets

imageThis “Caribbean" exhibit by photographer, Francesco Giusti opened Sept. 27 but runs ‘til Nov. 9, @Hvw8 Gallery in Los Angeles. The gallery is open Tues-Sun from 1-6p. 

imageHollie Cook hits the (USA) road, kicking off her tour @Glasslands in Brooklyn, NY on Oct. 13, so get ‘rocksteady' for some pop/reggae! See dates below. 

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
10/13 – Glasslands – Brooklyn, NY
10/14 – Paradise – Boston, MA
10/16 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
10/17 – Lisner Auditorium – Washington, DC
10/19 – Fox Theater – Boulder, CO
10/21 – Nectar Lounge – Seattle, WA
10/22 – Alhambra Theatre – Portland, OR
10/23 – Leo’s – Oakland, CA
10/24 – Echo – Los Angeles, CA

imageCatch this fantastic band ensemble live n’ alive! Mid-Oct @Santa Barbara Bowl (more dates below) w/Massive Attack! Yes TV On The Radio plant their SEEDS. Gets to spliffin’! image

UPCOMING TV ON THE RADIO DATES + (pre-sale tix)*

Fri-Oct-17: Santa Barbara, CA @Santa Barbara Bowl w/Massive Attack
Sat-Oct-18: Big Sur, CA @Henry Miller Library
Sun-Oct-19: San Francisco, CA @Treasure Island Music Festival
Wed-Oct-22: Los Angeles, CA @Regent
Fri-Oct-24: Joshua Tree, CA @Pappy & Harriets
Sat-Oct-25: Las Vegas, NV @Life is Beautiful
Wed-Nov-12: Toronto, ON @Phoenix *             
Thu-Nov-13: Montreal, QC  @Corona *
Fri-Nov-14: Boston, MA @Paradise *
Sun-Nov-16: Washington DC @9:30 Club *
Mon-Nov-17: Philadelphia, PA @Union Transfer *
Tue-Nov-18: New York, NY @Apollo *
Fri-Nov-21: Brooklyn, N Y @MHOW *
Sat-Nov-22: Brooklyn, NY @MHOW * image

imageTouring w/Erasure* mid-October is one of my newer ‘likes’ on the music tip. Superhumanoids so far, have yet to disappoint me cut-by-cut…slowly n’ surely. 

10/15 - El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
10/16 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
10/17 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues *
10/18 - Austin, TX @ ACL Live *
10/19 - Austin, TX  @ ACL Live *
10/21 - Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre *
10/22 - San Diego, CA @Humphrey’s *
10/24 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium * 
10/25 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium *
10/26 - Ventura, CA @ Majestic Theatre *
10/28 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre *
10/29 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Capitol Theatre *
11/1 - Oakland, CA @ The Fox *
imageRoger Sanchez hits the road to promote his S-Man EP (tour dates below), n’ if most of the tracks sound anything like this, best believe…
UPCOMING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
*S-Man show where specified

10/4/14 - Club Therapy - Providence, RI 
10/4/14 - Boutique - Hartford, CT
10/10/14 - Space NYC - New York, NY
10/13/14 - Sound - Los Angeles, CA (S-Man)*
10/24/14 - Bijou - Boston, MA (S-Man)*
11/22/14 - Mister East - Linden, NJ
12/12/14 - Maison - Toronto, ON 
12/13/14 - Stereo - Montreal, QC

imageWell, here’s a duo that’ll increase the checkpoints in NYC before the ball drops into 2015! Diplo + Skrillex hit Madison Square Garden n’ I can’t believe we’re already planning for NYE…it’s not even close to Halloween, far less for Thanksgiving! image

Raw + Uncut, this one’s pretty self-explanatory: “Smokin & Drinkin” by Danny Brown of course, directed by Alan Del Rio Ortiz. Grab the cut, or even better. This song — live or in a party, shakes any venue n’ gets security nervous! Chi chi cocktails? Nah…hold onto ya seats spliff! 

“The Wanderlust Museum" is a purpose-built, ecologically friendly temporary structure used to house the artistic work of 50 emerging and established artists. Already designed, the concept is for a 45,000 square foot structure that can easily be assembled in ports of call around the world, providing a transitory environment for artistic work made of Shipping Containers, Bamboo, Solar Cloth and Architectural Membrane.  The structure itself is an on-going project that will transform in any new location to adapt to its environment and the evolving artistic content of the exhibition itself. In time, it’ll also be integrating the most recent advances in sustainable architecture and giving new expression to the museum as it travels. Once the kickstarter goal is met — totally up to creative folks like us, the first “Wanderlust NY” show will be on Pier 26 (Tribeca), April/May 2015. Let’s Go!

The Wanderlust Museum" is a purpose-built, ecologically friendly temporary structure used to house the artistic work of 50 emerging and established artists. Already designed, the concept is for a 45,000 square foot structure that can easily be assembled in ports of call around the world, providing a transitory environment for artistic work made of Shipping Containers, Bamboo, Solar Cloth and Architectural Membrane.  The structure itself is an on-going project that will transform in any new location to adapt to its environment and the evolving artistic content of the exhibition itself. In time, it’ll also be integrating the most recent advances in sustainable architecture and giving new expression to the museum as it travels. Once the kickstarter goal is met — totally up to creative folks like us, the first “Wanderlust NY” show will be on Pier 26 (Tribeca), April/May 2015. Let’s Go!

Hey ‘Mr. Don Cheadle’, Indy should be proud! Then again, maybe a lil’ ashamed — especially when Freddie Gibbs is always flashing a gun around! On “Harold’s" — about a fried chicken joint from his hometown n’ directed by Gregory Buissereth, he spits in perfect unison to Madlib's crispy+greasy beats. Listen/watch how he reps the ghetto-soul of the USA!

Watch ‘til the end ‘cause unlike The Weeknd's repeated msg of twisted love, The Dream cloud-floats his way towards a deeper, protest meaning of ‘BLACK-ness’. #umbrellarevolution

"Till Sunrise (T.F. Remix)"

Work out to this (spinnin’, bikin’, joggin’ or whatever else repetitive)! Total Fitness, indeed.

"Don't Bite"!

Always lovin’ that contrast of pillow-soft sounds paired w/ghetto-rough, inner city images of toughness. The conflict within my soul connects w/this video of “Us" by Australian band, Movement! Director Dave Ma takes us home, back to a place I’m all to familiar with - LA. Its gang life, this time from the ‘chollo’ perspective, resembling 1987. It’s the same death, bullets, pain turned into anger n’ revenge. Crime doesn’t pay…nobody wins. #ImissLA 

Movement on Tour w/Banks

10/3 Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre (SOLD OUT)
10/4 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall * tickets
10/7 Chicago, IL @ Metro (SOLD OUT)
10/8 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue * tickets
10/10 Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre * tickets
10/11 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue * tickets
10/14 Seattle, WA @ The Showbox * tickets
10/15 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
10/16 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom * tickets
10/21 & 22 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern (SOLD OUT)

You can read the entire Rudimental story on UK’s biggest buzz, right here in the HuffPost!

Doh underestimate di Caribbean — from di UK, to right dey inna di USA: pure Heatwave

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Directed by George Woolley, debut video for Destani Wolf's “Why Should I Stay?” off of her Peek Away EP captures the destitute beauty of California’s many desert locations. As she sings deeper from the soul against the dusty, upbeat organic funk fueling her through the pain, we see her in multiple scenes amongst dilapidation n’ art…ummm, must be love + pain.