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Why New Blood, Why Now?

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As a bit of a Pop fiend, it was a pleasure to discuss New Blood with Morgan Spurlock; as a bit of a Pop theorist, it's something of a marvel to ponder the nine-minute manifesto...  Why New Blood, why now? "I don't know if it was a question of now, or if I just felt like there was a need to show - I feel like there's still this shifty new movement in the [...]

An Unscripted Day in Atlanta with Odd Future

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Sunday night/ Circa 9:45 PM/ The Tabernacle Venue, Atlanta, GA: I find my 5'3 self engulfed in a sea of wrestling limbs and damp adolescent bodies. By now, I’ve happily endured a few songs worth of mosh pit suffocation and am silently trying to devise an escape route from the pandemonium. The ripple of bobbing heads above mine makes the task difficult, b[...]

ABCNT: About As Acerbic As A Backhand Bitchslap To Your Political Point Of View

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In the heyday of rap and hip-hop, when what artists said, sang and did actually meant something, actually fueled real fire, a local from Los Angeles was tagging street corners in wiry stencil lettering. Almost two decades later, he’s a loud voice in the world of street art. You may not know his face (few people do; it’s a heavily protected secret), but y[...]

AB Soto Marches to the Drum of his own Beat

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Let's BEY honest, Gay men invented #SWAG. We are deep in fashion, art, literature, publishing and every other industry, but mainstream Hip-Hop. The question is always asked, is the world ready for an openly gay rapper? I'd say yes. It doesn't matter if they're fighting gender roles by donning six inch stilettos or Jerseys and Timbaland boots, as long as th[...]

Unapologetically Dressed, Indigo Charlie Impresses the Path to Stardom with her New Single "Float"

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Indigo Charlie is by far Los Angeles’s realest female “indie alternative artist.” Taking the DIY approach, Charlie models the hustle mentality when it comes to making a name for yourself in the industry and being both a student at FIDM and current employee with Giorgio Armani, she ain’t too shy when it comes to style or drive either.   The[...]

A Lesson from the School of Graham Knoxx

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Good music whispered echoes a hundred miles. Take for instance singer/songwriter Graham Knoxx. I've seen Graham out and about at a couple of events in Atlanta. Making her way through a sea of hipsters and posers she greets me with a smile as sweet and earnest as her voice. Her natural style, poise and statuesque beauty gave her a glow that was hard not to [...]

SnappScenes: As Jay-Z and Kanye vanish into the strobed abyss, the Throne raises its crown

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Most of us are familiar with the Jay-Z & Kanye West “Throne” takeover, which in itself practically attained an all-inclusive zenith of hip-hop history. For Jay and ‘Ye purists like myself, there’s no question as to whether or not "N*ggas in Paris" was the main attraction of both the Watch the Throne album and tour. The entirety of the song - the concept,[...]

Thundercat: The Golden Age of Apocalypse

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Sunshine state Los Angeles born Stephen Bruner loves the intergalactic cartoon felines Thundercats so much, he took their name as his own. With a career’s worth of top-shelf session work with everyone from Snoop Dogg, and brother to Grammy winning drummer Ronald Bruner, Jr. makes the fact that Bruner is both the bassist of Suicide Tendencies, and respo[...]

Art and Aesthetic Aces: Ale Sinestro Paints a Colourful Mix of Suggestive Stupor

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“Everything is born of the need to answer the call of the subconscious. Open a channel where can emerge, these dream images that come to my mind. I try to illustrate a confusing message, which will take effect over time. My work reflects a personal universe that is embraced with Dada and Surrealism kisses. Bright colors, nature, humanity and the sp[...]

Everybody Comes to TerryWood

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Everybody comes to TerryWood, they wanna make it in the neighborhood...they like the smell of it in Terrywood... How can it hurt you when it LOOKS so good?   Call it pop irony, but it seems all too appropriate that Terry Richardson’s first solo exhibition TERRYWOOD opens late next month in Los Angeles. The show presents over 25 of his latest photo[...]

Beyond a Tale of Two Cities, the Climactic Collusion of London & Los Angeles at the O2 Arena

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Standin’ in line to see the show tonight, and there’s a light on… heavy glow; by the way, I tried to say I’d be there… waiting for… November in Britain: cold, dark, a tad bit secluded… but at the end of the day, there’s nothing more electrifying than a Chili night in London… California-based newcomers Fool’s Gold played a brilliant opening set; b[...]

Def Sound Is A Rapper That Thinks Like A Painter

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There’s that “aha” moment after some time of listening to tracks, watching videos, going to shows, reading interviews, following an artist on Twitter, Facebook and whatever social network that suits your fancy where you start to “get” them. I caught glimpses of this feeling while watching the Los Angeles based emcee Def Sound breeze through his charismatic v[...]

SnapTrakks: Phlo Finister's Nancy Sinatra & Mobb Deep Mashup Has Us Shook

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The beauty of a great mashup is the marriage of the unexpected with no-brainer. The great mash0ups make you go I wish I thought of that all while being immersed totally in a new sound. For an example, take Phlo Finister's cover of "Bang Bang." The Los Angeles born songbird interlaces Nancy Sinatra's iconic hit "Bang Bang" with Mobb Deep's iconic hit "Sho[...]

Foreword Story: Pretty As A Picture

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What's pretty in 2011? In a time where there is just as much hate and backlash for every chime of 'love yourself, you were born this way', I've asked this question myself. So, what is pretty in 2011? It might look something like a walking billboard if you ask me. But Los Angeles based artist Erik Mark Sandberg has a brighter vision. For his latest exh[...]

If God Is A DJ, Life Is A Dancefloor

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or Hi Times With DJ Genesis There are not a lot of things that I still enjoy from my childhood. I traded in toys for boys, theme parks have been replaced by sleazy clubs and affection for candy has left and been over-shadowed for a lust for liquor and weed. Yes, those youthful trivialities have matured into full-grown vices. One thing that surviv[...]

To Undo Or Go Back, Lindsey Mickelson Finds Her Artistic Voice Amidst The Boldness Of California

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California is a place envied by the rest of the world, known for its diversified population comprising of the young, bronze, and beautiful. Gulf Shores, Alabama-bred Lindsey Mickelson recognized this an obvious attribute, but was drawn to the West coast for different reasons. Behind what only the eye could see, Mickelson found comfort and more importantl[...]

Snoop Dogg is Gone - Man Down

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I’ve been told that some things are better left unsaid, and my attempt at abiding by this rule has proven successful in most cases. Unfortunately, my obedience has left me with a burdening sense of urgency to expose the rest of these “things.” You know, the ones that must be said because if they were not, all humanity would fall under a severe state of [...]