Saturday, January 27, 2007

She Speaks - Victory Grill - January 27, 2007

A day late and a dollar short... She Speaks @ Victory Grill... tonight, Jan 27th @ 8pm... get your tix here.

From the flyer...

"This charged performance infuses jazz, poetry, hip hop, and acoustic music with a Generation X twist. Narrated by artistic director E. Christopher “Cocktails” Cornell, She Speaks features Khalilah Ali, Kelly Love Jones and Renita Walls and forges a new image of women in hip hop. Leaving behind old stereotypes, the performers weave a vibrant, edgy story of contemporary women and the many hats they wear, They’re more than wives, mothers, lovers, providers and friends; that’s why She Speaks."

Friend just sent me this dope video...

More info:

EPeriod formally Live Poets Society, was founded by E. Christopher “Cocktails” Cornell in 2000. A consortium of artists, EPeriod has graced stages such as: Russell Simmons HBO Def Poetry Jam, MTV’s Road Rules, BET’S 106 & Park, V-103’s Love & Relationship Cruise, V103’s For Sistas Only, Showtime at the Apollo, National Slam Competition participants, MD Ski Express weekend, Music Midtown, Sweet Auburn Festival, and the National Black Arts Festival

Friday, January 26, 2007

Dubb Sicks - Emo's Lounge - February 2, 2007

Oh Zurich is killing me softly... I just booked for another week... soooo tired. My revelation for the week... Chicken biryani looks the same in a Zurich toilet as it does in a US toilet.

Dubb Sicks @ Emo's Lounge on Friday, Feb 2nd with Cage, Yak Ballz of Weathermen, C-Chan and the Govine, DJ Krazy Glue, Starving Martyrs and DJ Kurley Kue.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

J-Sands - Whisky Bar - January 22, 2007

Man I feel like I've been away forever... things are crazy here in Zurich... long work days... stressful... then to top it all off... some crazy fat guy at the hotel decides he's gonna yell at me in some other language. There are some really stupid people out there. Oh and the big thing here in the news is about the whole Shilpa Shetty / Big Brother controversy... I swear... it's on ALL the time!


Monday, Jan 22nd @ True School Monday's @ Whiskey Bar will be J-Sands of Lone Catalysts.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Nick D - Victory Grill - January 12, 2007

Nick D. ping'd us about his show Cap-City Rap Fest @ The Historic Victory Grill... tonight, Feb 12th... preforming will be Nick D., Gutta Gang, East 35, No Brakes Just Gas, L.S.B., All Above Ent., D.P.C., and PaPa Chuck.

Well I'm set a packing to Zurich again... for 2 weeks this time... see ya'll in Zurich sucka's.

More info:

Victory Grill is a historic music venue located at 1104 E. 11th St, Austin, Texas. The nightclub was on the Chitlin' Circuit and hosted famous African-American acts such as Bobby Bland, Gatemouth Brown, W. C. Handy and B. B. King during the age of racial segregation in the United States. Victory Grill was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 16, 1998.

The Roots - Stubb's - February 20, 2007

The Roots! Lupe Fiasco! Stubb's! Nuff Said. Thanks Ebun!

More info:

The Roots, also known as The Legendary Roots Crew, The Fifth Dynasty, The Square Roots and The Foundation, are an influential, Grammy winning Philadelphia-based hip hop group, famed for a heavily jazzy sound and live instrumentation. Inspired by the "hip-hop band" concept pioneered by Stetsasonic, the Roots themselves have garnered critical acclaim and influenced later hip-hop and R&B acts.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Aretha Franklin - Bass Concert Hall - April 19, 2007

I'm really sorry to do this to the "Queen of Soul", but she will take a back seat today... to none other than Steve Jobs and the iPhone. I squirt everytime I think of the iPhone. I mean the thing is amazing... 3.5 inches! 4.8 ounces! 320 by 480 at 160 ppi! touch screen! OS X! 8 GB! GSM! Wi-Fi! Bluetooth! on and on... I need to breathe...

OK. Aretha Franklin @ Bass Concert Hall on April 19th @ 8pm. Tix here.

More info:

Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American gospel, soul and R&B singer born in Memphis, Tennessee, but raised in Detroit, Michigan. She has been called for many years "The Queen Of Soul", but many also call her "Lady Soul," as well as the more affectionate "Sister Re". She is renowned for her soul and R&B recordings but is also adept at jazz, rock, blues, pop, gospel, and even opera. She is generally regarded as one of the top vocalists ever, due to her ability to inject whatever she may be singing about with passion, soul and sheer conviction. Franklin is the second most honored female singer in Grammy history after Alison Krauss. Ms. Franklin has won nineteen competitive Grammys (including an unprecedented eleven for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, eight of them consecutive), and the state of Michigan has declared her voice to be a wonder.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Passenger - Red 7 - January 25, 2007

Know why I love Austin Hip Hop?!? It's like an uncharted sea... there's always something new... new artists... new shows... it's like a Christmas present all through out the year! :)

So this is the first time I've come across Passenger... and in the voice of Borat... "I liiiike..."

Check out Passenger, Zeale 32, The Word Association, and DJ E Be Lo @ Red 7 on Jan 25th @ 10pm.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Dead Prez - Emo's - March 1, 2007

One thing I love about the New Year is that you get to go show hunting... the main reason I started this blog. Exciting!

Dead Prez comin' to Emo's on March 1st! Along with Umi, Zeale 32, and Just Born!

More info:

dead prez are a critically acclaimed underground hip hop duo of alternative rappers and M-1. They have become known largely for their hard-hitting style and politically active lyrics, focusing on racism, critical pedagogy, activism against governmental hypocrisy, and corporate control over the media, especially hip-hop record labels. dead prez made their stance clear on their first album, declaring on the lead song, "I'm a African" that the group is "somewhere between N.W.A. and P.E.".

In 1990, M-1 headed to Tallahassee to attend FAMU (Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University) where he and met and connected due to their mutual love of music and knowledge. "I was soaking up the Black Panther Party as a whole," M-1 remembers. "I learned about their lives and it helped mold me."

"I realized there's a struggle already going on and I have to try to help ride it out," interjects M-1's quest for insight led him to join the International Democratic People’s Uhuru Movement (InPDUM) in Chicago for three years while remained behind in Florida and started getting into trouble. Burned out by the arduous labor of Uhuru, M-1 decided it was time to focus on music and agreed.

Dead prez transcribed the political education they acquired into lyrical poetry. Brand Nubian's Lord Jamar discovered them in New York and helped them sign a deal with Loud Records. But being the new kids of the block on a powerhouse label like Loud (home to the Wu-Tang Clan and Mobb Deep) wasn't easy. dead prez wasn't always Loud's top priority but that didn't stop them from building a fan base around their over-the-top performances (they've been known to ignite dollar bills and toss apples into the audiences, declaring that they must eat healthily).

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Sol.Illaquists of Sound - Emo's - January 23, 2007

What a day... stressful... I wish I could levitate and meditate... like that fool in the pic. :)

Sol.iLLaquists of Sound seem like come cool cats... never heard of them... but their song "As If We Existed" is really putting me at ease right now.

Ever have that feeling that you were just starting to make some progress towards building something really special and then all of a sudden everything just seems to crumble almost immediately? That's my current state of affairs.


More info:

sol·illaquist of sound (soul il kwist uv sah oo nd) n. 1. A play on words describing an individual whose efforts in searching for one's self reveal his/her soul to an audience, often through some type of art medium. 2. One who recognizes his/her self and the reflection of self in those around them see also Swamburger, Alexandra(h), DiViNCi, Tonya Combs, and Charles Wilson III.

It would be an understatement to call the Sol·iLLaquists of Sound a mere Hip-Hop Band. Their message and ambitious fusion of varied stylistic genres continue to reinvent the perceptions and experience of music as a whole. The group consists of four dynamic individuals: Swamburger, Alexandrah, Tonya Combs, and DiViNCi. As they are each talented, focused and motivated enough to hold their own, they prove to be an undeniably ruthless force when working together. Backed by a powerful message of self-awareness, the Sol·iLLaquists combine rapid-fire lyricism, jazz-tinged vocals, insightful poetry, and innovative live electronic performance. It's not a rare occurrence for members of the audience as well as the band to be brought to tears by the level of truth and energy put forth in any one Sol·iLLaquists performance.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Rock the Bells - Alamo Drafthouse - January 4, 2007

Rock the Bells wrote in to tell us that there will be a special preview screening of the movie named none other than... you guessed it... Rock the Bells! At the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown this Thursday Jan 4th, 11th, and 14th.

The film follows a hip hop concert promoter as he tries to put together a concert with the complete original line-up of the Wu-Tang Clan! Check out the preview... pretty dope.

Now... for me... find some foooood...

More info:

Personifying the fierce independence and Do-It-Yourself spirit of the Hip Hop movement, festival producer Chang Weisberg puts everything on the line for his impossible dream of reuniting notorious no-shows The Wu-Tang Clan.

Furiously paced and rich with multiple narratives, "Rock the Bells" follows Weisberg and his guerilla promotion team as they fight for the arrival of all nine Wu-Tang members, battle broken equipment and overwhelmed security, attempt to control the riotous crowd in the overheated, over-crowded venue and deliver the history-making show they have promised.

The film also features performances by Redman, Dilated Peoples, MC Supernatural, Sage Francis, Eyedea & Abilities, Chali 2na and DJ Numark.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Zeale 32 - Emo's Lounge - January 12, 2007

Happy 2007 everyone! Let's get this party started!

Zeale 32 and Phranchyze @ Emo's Lounge on Jan 12th.

Funny story... last night in Houston we went to M Bar for NYE. 2am rolls along and the club is closing so game time decision, do we stay for the afterparty or do we go? We decided to just stick around, what else were we going to do? I mean we were plastered. So 2:30am comes around and still no afterparty and lights are bright as day. We start to get hungry so my friend goes out to get some pizza. We're just chillin' at the club and all of a sudden the light dim. I'm looking down from the balcony and I see some decorators start putting down some hula hoops. So curious, I ask if this becomes a gay party after hours and lo and behold the bouncer says yes. Then our friend comes back with the pizza and we spend the start of new years eating pizza at a gay party!

More info:

After winning a freestyle battle during Babygrandes showcase at the South by Southwest music festival, undecided sophomore Valin Zamarron signed a single deal with the record label.

In the world of underground hip-hop, beats and rhymes are not just sequenced rhythms they are a way of life.

Subscribing to the philosophy that rap is something you do, hip-hop is something you live, emcees do not define hip-hop strictly as a form of music; rather, it is a form of expression that defines them.

National freestyle champion, emcee and Texas State undecided sophomore, Valin J. Zamarron, aka Zeale 32, believes that hip-hop lives and breathes with the people.