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New Music. | “XO TOUR Llif3 (Remix)” | Lil Uzi Vert |FT.| 2Pac.

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he big homie Oscar Wilde believes, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.” In seeming subscription to that belief, a recent remix for Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO Tour Llif3” appeared on the internet. Here homage is paid to a Golden Era giant. Should Hip-Hop be applauded for contemporary artist’s willingness to celebrate classic lyricism? Is …

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Music Video. | “Kill Jill” | Big Boi |FT.| Killer Mike & Jeezy.

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elebrated for his classic lyricism and his contemporary voice, Big Boi, is a curator of cool. His penned perspective continues to inspire and motivate millions of listeners. As he preps for his third solo album,  Boomiverse, the Epic-signee continues to craft hits. The lauded lyricist’s second single, “Kill Jill” features both Killer Mike and Jeezy. Boomiverse — a cornucopia of creativity — drops on June 16. …

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Music Video. | “Killing Over Jays” | Killa Kyleon.

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apable of emphatically melding hubris with humility, Killa Kyleon, is always busy. The Houston MC is working to ensure that Hip-Hop respects his art. With the recent release of his conceptual endeavor —Lorraine Motel — the Team Run It cappo uses his voice to speak on the embedded complexities which African-Americans encounter. “Killing Over Jays,” the initial visual from this recent release delves into the …

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New Music. | “Vacay” | Sunny & Gabe.

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hink of a body wrapped in warmth, think  of eased creativity, think Sunny & Gabe! When Gabe Niles and Sunny Moonshine come together art happens. A snippet of “Vacay”—their recent release—was nationally featured in a Coke commercial. Arousing a tropic air, Gabe worked flawlessly to create an enticing track filled with horns and drums. Together with Sunny’s controlled, yet light vocals, the …

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Music Video. | “Lord Don’t Fail Me Now” | Ash Riser |FT.| Left Brain.

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ropelled by the sentient artistry of producer Tae Beast, “Lord Don’t Fail Me Now” depicts an ominous ode from Ash Riser. Within this Left Brain feature, twisted sixteens tantalize and taunt the listener. The Zenith Division visual captures Ash’s angst-driven ride to cement his creative success. Ghosts — Riser’s debut album, into which he’s invested his life — will drop on July 7, 2017.   Niki GatewoodI write.

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Music Video. | “My Space Baby” | DJ Premier |FT.| Cherub.

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n instantaneous vibe helped to solidify fate.  Cocooned by a silky  soulfulness, “My Space Baby,” is an effortless gem by DJ Premier and Cherub. TTT (To The Top) — Premiere’s personal imprint — recently dropped the worldwide release. Preemo’s timeless, and talented touch, has enriched many of Cherub’s musical memories. When the opportunity presented itself to work with one of their creative heros, the Nashville …

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New Music. | “Switchin Sides” | Runway Richy |FT.| Gucci Mane.

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ith the “eye of the tiger and the heart of a lion,” Runway Richy is on a journey to share his message. Shaped by an East Atlanta perspective, the emerging artist was pleased to discover that Gucci Mane hopped on his latest track, “Switchin Sides.” Wrapped with sincerity, Runway Richy explains, “it’s a huge honor for me working with him.” The FKi Sauce production is a …

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New Music. | “Small Talk” | Eli Wesse.

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or the pursuit of music an emerging love was interrupted. Eli Wesse, understands the sacrifice demanded to realize one’s artistic aspirations. Born to Congolese parents,  on “Small Talk,” the Michigan musician amplifies his thoughts of an abandoned relationship. Prodded by his passion, he left New York City and returned to the Midwest. Since returning home he’s been fully focused on elevating his art. This …

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Music Video. | “Hook, Line, & Sinker” | Royal Blood.

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Photo By: Annie Lesser ack in 2013, Ben Thatcher and Mike Kerr reconnected and formed, Royal Blood. Since then the British blokes have gone on to earn international acclaim. Their unabashed creativity, combined with their innate talent, are factors which helped to secure their upcoming headlining U.S. tour. Although, the stateside tour doesn’t start until June, they are still working to satisfy …

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New Music. | “Magnolia” | David Banner |Ft.| CeeLo & Raheem Devaughn.

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n Friday (May 19), The God Box — the anticipated album from David Banner — will be available for public consumption. Throughout this artistic endeavor Banner challenges the listener. With the introductory song, “Magnolia,” he astutely utilizes personified metaphors to tell the tale of an enslaved and dehumanized people. Both CeeLo and Raheem Devaughn appear on the poignant piece. Lead by the Mississippi MC, this talented trio kicks …

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Music Review. | Hello Abyss | Nehedar.

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uckle up and get ready for a smooth trip through time. With the crisp cadence of Emilia Cataldo — and nostalgic, yet refreshing production of Craig Levy — New York’s Nehedar propels its latest release, Hello Abyss to a bubbling, cult acclaim. Traveling from the ’60’s to the present, Hello Abyss, is a contemplative account of being in love and everything in between. Beginning with …

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New Music. | “Black Dog” | Michael P Cullen |&| the Soul Searchers.

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ow is the time to enjoy a delicious treat. Last month on April 25, Australian import — Michael P Cullen & the Soul Searchers — dropped the ever-palpitating “Black Dog.” The emphatic dynamo is now prepping for the release of the upcoming project, Live at Lazybones.  This narrative account is wrought with intense attention to detail. Here creativity and consciousness collide against a tattered …

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New Video. | “Never Surrender” | Avery LR.

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ntimately acquainted with strife, Avery LR , uses lyrics encased in pain to provoke feeling. A childhood where love was interrupted by death and distance, the emerging artist uses his growing perspective as a man to share his personal insight. From his recent visual for “Never Surrender,” he raps, “…Yeah, I believe in God, but do God believe in me…;” conflicted thoughts assaulted …

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New Music. | “Might As Well” | Xombie.

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ombie is prepping for the release of its upcoming album, Super Cell. The anticipated project is set to drop next month. Three previous EP’s have helped to garner success for this New York City-based rapcore crew. Formed back in 2010, the efforts of lyricist Atom Crews, string punishers Robert Fishkin, “Cadillac” Mike Martabano, Roy Galvan, and — percussion perfectionist — …

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NEW MUSIC | “Think Twice” | Elbows.

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lbows has emerged from the winter frost with new music. Just in time for the fresh beginnings of spring, “Think Twice” is a cautious but harmonious song about coming to finals conclusions when it concerns matters of the heart. The song comes off of Elbows’ upcoming EP titled Corduroy, due out May 19. Quiet LunchQuiet Lunch is a grassroot online publication …

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Artists We Know: Catching up with Fiona Silver.

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or our sixth interview for Quiet Lunch magazine, @JaredxAlannah sat down with Fiona Silver a singer and musician who also happens to be an East Village Local. We get down to the core issues of being a resident in such an ever-changing neighborhood, the politics of the day and how music has influenced her commitment to the neighborhood. She performs …

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Music Video. | “Uh Huh” | E-40 |FT.| YV.

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rom financially humble beginnings to reinforcing a priceless soul, E-40 personifies longevity. Back in the mid-80’s, 40 Water smoothly transitioned from being Click’ed up to solely standing steady atop his ten toes. A witty wordplay, in conjunction with a keen business acumen, has allowed the Magazine vet the ability to attain both professional and personal success. As he moves past millions, this Golden …

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New Music. | “Outlet (Remix)” | Dark |Ft.| Manolo Rose.

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escending from The Heights, Dark, continues to use his penned prowess to earn Hip-Hop’s respect. By maintaining his integrity, and sharing his perspective, the former Team Hot MC is fully focused on serving humbled hubris. With this unique remix designed for the masses, “Outlet” showcases Dark and includes a feature from Manolo Rose. United on the Vinylz-produced track, the New York narrators push …

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Music Review. | Phases. | Bonomo.

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compelling comfort bookends Phases by BONOMO.  The February release, beautifully showcases the cohesive creativity of the band’s core members, Andrew Renfroe and Adam Bonomo. These Brooklyn-based musicians conjure sheer magic. Sans any incantations,  to please the public the duo relies upon its inherent artistry. Opening with familiar Folk sensibilities, “Home” astutely foreshadows the album’s trajectory. The mix of compelling chords from Andrew with Adam’s soothing voice proves …

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Music Video | “Just A Friend 2K17” | Fred The Godson |FT.| Jaquae.

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es, “oh Baby,” you already know the hook!  Fred The Godson taps Jaquáe for the assist. The result, a Les Visual-directed video which combines simplistic cinematic shots with intricate bars. The public continues to show its support, although Gordo — the anticipated mixtape from Fred — has yet to receive a concrete release date. The Bronx wordsmith proves that an astute penmanship and easy delivery …

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Vestiphobia Cuba.

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illard Morgan’s Vestiphobia, a large-scale interactive performance, conceived and directed by Steve Fagin, was staged last month at the Fábrica de Arte Cubano, in Havana. The production provokes a critical awareness of the systems of labor used to produce our clothing, our habits of consumption, and dramatizes how clothing functions as a form of expression, seduction, and often, manipulation. Thinking about …

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Music Video. | “Bag” | Fame School.

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ast June, Fame School dropped Get Well Soon.  From that ‘tape, on “Bag,” the Brooklyn duo is aided by the provocative podcaster, Taxstone. Through the creative lens of director, Gee-Lock, the accompanying visual is a methodical depiction that represents the Fool’s Gold fam. Here, Telli and Slim present their collective psyche. Unadulterated  artistry ensues; do enjoy!   Niki GatewoodI write.

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Artists We Know: Minimal Notes | Catching up with Soren Roi.

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or our third bi-weekly feature here at Quiet Lunch, we caught up with Soren Roi, a performance artist and electronic musician who also produces a weekly event at Home Sweet Home entitled ‘Nothing Changes‘. He lives in Brooklyn, NYC.  J+A: Hi Soren, thanks for meeting with us on this rainy day.  What is exciting to you as a working artist right now? …

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New Music. | “Friends” | Ill Brown |Ft.| Freddie Gibbs, BJ The Chicago Kid, & G-Wiz.

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hicago’s creative connoisseur , iLL Brown, is focused on the future. He remains driven by a relentless repertoire of artistic integrity; it includes producing, emceeing, and engineering.  And now, the HawkLyfe Records CEO, is prepping for the fall 2017 release of his EP,  Don’t Forget The Dope.  The project possesses unreleased songs from an array of Hip-Hop artists. On “Friends” the TeamBackPack producer unites with …

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Music Video. | “Same Drugs” | Chance The Rapper.

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rt that provokes discussion is essential. With comfortable lyricism that compels the public, Chance The Rapper, is in the midst of erecting his legacy. His third mixtape, Coloring Book — which dropped last May– continues to earn critical acclaim.  Yesterday, (Feb. 6), via Facebook Live, the innovative MC debuted the video for “Same Drugs.” A cursory listen may lead one to believe that Chance is merely reminiscing …

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Music Video. | “This Is What It Comes Too” | Raekwon.

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y spitting classic lyricism that’s reinforced with the profound depth to remain contemporary, Raekwon, will always remain relevant. On March 24, The Chef is scheduled to drop his seventh solo album, The Wild.  To bolster the anticipation, the John Colombo-directed visual for “This Is What It Comes Too” recently debuted. The WU wordsmith is in supreme form. As the supple Xtreme …

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Music Video. | “Still Breathing” | Green Day.

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Photo courtesy: Frank Maddocks ather than being bound by an austere concrete concept, Revolution Radio — the latest offering from Green Day — reinforces why the band has been rewarded with longevity. Packed with passion and politics, the rocking trio does not disappoint. The eloquent vocal intertwined with the captivating production of “Still Breathing” has landed it atop Billboard’s rock radio chart. Having cultivated over thirty years …

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Music Review. | Glitter in the Gears. | Guy Grogan.

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uy Grogan is determined to share his message. Released last December,  Glitter In The Gears, is his tenth solo release. Incredulous as it may sound, the Sante Fe, NM singer / songer who once contemplating quitting his passion, has gone on to earned acclaim for his talents. Starting off with, “Anatomy of a Crush,” Grogan attempts to show how amorous thoughts are stagnated by inactivity.   …

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Music Review. | Thirsty Hearts. | Thorin Loeks.

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nriched by the wilderness, Thorin Loeks is working to tame his artistic integrity. The Canadian crooner, taps his creative insight and welcomed the world to explore, Thirsty Hearts. This debut album from the adventurous artist demonstrates an acute account of his bold determination. Throughout the eight track endeavor, the 20-something songwriter pushes his penned perspective.  Loeks is left pondering, “…I’m left wondering Why keep dreaming …

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Music Video. | “Liquor” | XXX.

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onsumption used to escape a regimented existence is explored by  XXX.  In their Mattis Dovier–skewed visual to “Liquor,” FRNK and Kim Ximya  employ their their precise artistic integrity; dopeness ensues. Kyomi, the debut EP from this anti-K-Pop duo was released on July 9, 2016. Reflecting repression, “Liquor” compels one to exercise freedom. Restraint, a polarizing complex  is questioned. With production and emceeing, FRNK and …

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Music Video. | “Angel” | Emeline.

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hint of naughtiness boosts the ethereal vocals of Emeline. Since the second grade, the emerging Rhode Island entertainer, has been polishing a seemingly endless array of talents. Galvanized by a consuming work-ethic, the teenaged singer is determined to surpass the previous success of her iTunes charting, top 100 single, “You.” On  “Angel,” as rites-of-passage are revealed, and providence asserts itself, Emeline is …

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Music Video. | “Between Huey and Malcolm” | Tyson Amir.

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hether it’s formulating poignant stanzas, or  it’s fighting to reinforce freedom, Tyson Amir, continues to use his platform to  creatively appeal to the masses. Reared amidst a Revolutionary backdrop, this acclaimed Bay Area activist is preparing for the release of his debut book, Black Boy Poems.  Within the illuminating endeavor, Tyson poetically offers gripping and detailed experiences of the American, melanin-enriched man. …

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Music Review. | New York City Dreams. | Marty McKay.

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ollowing his 2014 debut album, Sin’s Disciple, Marty McKay is prepping for the release of his sophomore LP. On February 24, the Zurich artist is set to drop, New York City Dreams.  Comfortable with everything from Hip-Hop to Alternative Rock, the pending project includes an array of sounds and experiences. From challenging self, to discovering an unexpected love, to making amends, Marty McKay  uses this …

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Music Review. | Seneko. | Seneko.

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tan “Seneko” Olshefski devotes himself to music. For the past six years, this Connecticut creator has meticulously invested his time into the art of songwriting. Last September, he debuted his self-titled EP, Seneko.  Bolstered by his Indie-Pop passion, the five-song collective centers around love. Smitten by a blue-eyed beauty, “Blindsided” tells a simplistically sweet tale of falling in love. Just as easy …

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Music Video. | “Down To The Sea” | Christina Rubino.

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ormented by echos of yesteryear, on “Down To The Sea,” Brooklyn’s own, Christina Rubino is stalked by depression. Amid an iconic Coney Island backdrop, being surrounded by crowds is not enough to alleviate its isolating shadow. “…Give me back my reason to sing / I have it all but I feel I’ve lost everything…,” smothered by hollowness, Christina laments her sorrow. This track is …

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Music Video. | “On Me” | Kese.

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tanding atop his wallet, and his perceived accomplishments, Marquise “Kese” Glover, is extending a ferocious farewell! At seven years old, the Florida rapper was certain that he would become successful. As he preps for the release of his upcoming EP, Music Forever,  the emerging Orlando artist is focused. Driven by a Traumatone beat, “On Me,”  is a Jason Sirontin–directed visual.  To all his fellow artists who refused …

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Music Review. | Churches In Venice. | Topprraaa.

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ew York MCs have been celebrated for creating Hip-Hop.  Overall, their stylish perspective has helped to define the evolving culture. With his unadulterated insight, the Lower East Side’s,  Topprraaa, has the provocative confidence to deliver his perspective. This Big Apple narrator fuses an impoverished existence, an ostentatious desire, and an unwavering candor which serves to bless,  Churches In Venice.  The entrenched hubris that kicks …

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Music Review. | Answer to Influence. | Greg and the Granules.

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gnoring many constraining definitions, art simply exists. The introductory EP from Greg and  the Granules, Answer to Influence,  is Lead by frotman, Greg Maechling.  Although Maechling is part of the respected band, Particle Wave — which has cultivated a undulating psychedelic sound — the singer / songwriter’s new project is sonically exhausting. Greg definitely possesses the confidence to stretch his artistry, but he …

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Music Video. | “T-Shirt” | Migos.

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ith both substance and strategy, Migos, continues to challenge Hip-Hop. Previous singles like  “Look At My Dab,” and “Versace” have helped to catapult the Y.R.N. rappers to fame and fortune. Reinforced by their sophomore album, Culture — and its chart-toppling hit “Bad and Boujee,” — these influential artists continue to put in work.  In their recently released single, “T-Shirt,”  the effort is illuminated by reminiscent trap lyrics. …

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Music Review. | Fallen. | Gert Taberner.

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tripped, yet evoking intimacy, Gert Taberner, is making a statement with his EP, Fallen.  An uncomplicated ease grips and caresses the listener. Last September, Gert released this cunning three-track project.  Situated in a comfortable realm of Folk music –the German transplant, who currently resides in New York City — also embraces elements of R&B and Pop. Taberner has the polished ability to sonically amplify an …

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New Music. | “Like Really” | Oddisee.

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erplexed indignation reverberates throughout “Like Really.”  To release an inundated angst, Oddisee, poignantly expresses his stance by astutely using this emphatic rhetorical question.  A child of D.C., the Brooklyn-based wordsmith, contemplates everything from relationship goals, to money management, to America’s propensity to champion ethnic cleansing. To show support, one may pick up Oddisee’s upcoming album, The Iceberg. Next month, it will be dropping on February 24. …

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Music Review. | Of The Musical. | Joan Torres’s All Is Fused.

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usic, an expression of life, has compelled many to share their perspectives. With Joan Torres’ All Is Fused, this crafted collective relies upon the keen manipulation of the drum, the piano, the bass, the alto sax, and the guitar. Last November’s, release of Of The Musical, — the third endeavor of this ensemble — demonstrates its growing creativity. A spy versus spy is …

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Music Review. | The Antics of More Youthful Times. | FLAUNT.

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ast year, FLAUNT gifted the world with its Christmas EP, The Antics of More Youthful Times. Their respected debut album, Codon, dropped in 2014; it included the indie, chart-topping single, “National Anthem.” The duo continue to demonstrate its musical evolution. Through seven strategically linked songs, the Justin Jennings / Joseph Vitterito ensemble, creates a seamless listening experience. Starting off with the discordant and dope audacity of “Outbreak,” …

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Music Video. | “Obsessing”. | Kilo Kish.

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he human brain remains a marveling mystery.  Within the recently released visual for “Obsessing,” Kilo Kish delves into what ultimately controls the human condition, the mind. Guided by an assured strength that’s embedded into her voice, Kilo examines what happens when one’s assigned control center becomes skewed. Next month, she is scheduled to join fellow creative savant Vince Staples, on The Life Aquatic …

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Music Review. | Breakthrough. | Dino Jag.

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he energy exerted by Australia’s  Dino Jag is catchy, quirky, and cool. On his latest EP, Breakthrough, this six song collection is everything from sweet to succulent. This precious Down Under transplant proves proves that music can move the world. With “Two Young Hearts,” Dino Jag immediately uses his artistic charisma to entice the listener. This retrospective account of a withered young love …