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Mad Decent Block Party Announces the Chicago Leg

Posted in Music News, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by Eric Gilardi

I have been waiting for the announcement in anticipation to see who will be performing for the Mad Decent Block Party presented by Puma in Chicago this year. I was pumped to make the 5 hour drive to go to the free show beforehand and thought Chicago would be getting Major Lazor or Zed’s Dead to headline but it looks like we got hooked up with co-headliners. Two of my more favorite underground acts of the year are in charge of legitimizing this bill. I am sure that Tanlines and Action Bronson will not disappoint the crowd this year. If you do not have these two albums I suggest you go get them and then quit complaining about the lineup.

Some other good acts joining the block party are Keys N’ Krates and the Icky Blossoms. I was hoping for a little more womp in my lineup but I will have to do with the de-womp in my lineup this time around. It is free, it is in Chicago and if you haven’t RSVP’d and you are planning on attending go over to Mad Decent Block Party’s homepage and make it happen. One last question though, where is Diplo if he is putting this event on?

*Nadastrom was added to the lineup and 12th Planet is headlining.

Music Discovery: Kids These Days, Hard Times

Posted in Music Discovery, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 by Eric Gilardi

The Chicago-based group Kids These Days is one of the reasons I always show up to a concert on time. While attending the SOJA show at the Cabooze this past Sunday night those God damn Kids These Days started off the night right. They only got to play a 4-track, 30-minute set and in that time you could tell that they made one hell of an impression on the crowd.

They had a total of 7 members on stage with so many different working elements. They combine the sound of jazz, blues, classic rock and hip-hop. The energy that they brought to the stage and their abilities to perform in such a way made it seem that they already have the difficult part down. These damn Kids These Days consist of; Macie Stewart on the keys and vocals, Nico Segal on the trumpet, J.P. Floyd on the trombone, Vic Mensa on the mic, Lane Beckstrom on the bass, Greg Landfair Jr. on the drums and Liam Cunningham on the guitar and vocals.

Before leaving the Cabooze on that night I had to stop by their merchandise table and pick up Hard Times. I suggest you check out Hard Times and if you happen to get a chance to see Kids These Days live, do yourself the favor. You will be drawn in by Macie’s voice in “Be (A Night in Tunisia),” Vic’s smooth flows in “Hard Times” will put a smile on your face, and you can never get bored watching the trumpet player Nico Segal. In his trumpet solo in “Summerscent”, Nico got down so hard I thought his face was literally, going to explode.

Here is their video for “Summerscent” and in this track you will get every element that this talented band brings to the table.

Common Performs “Celebrate” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , , , , on Friday, January 13, 2012 by Tim Althaus


Common recently dropped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to perform his most recent single “Celebrate” off his latest album The Dreamer/The Believer; as usual, the Roots did an amazing job of bringing the instrumentals put forth by No I.D. to life. “Celebrate” is by far my favorite track off of The Dreamer/The Believer; to me, it’s the epitome of a feel-good song, and furthermore, it’s the type of track that makes me proud to be a fan of Hip-Hop.

Even though The Dreamer/The Believer was a late entry into the releases of 2011, it was arguably one of the best albums of the year, and I haven’t stopped listening to it since I got my hands on it; the album truly takes me back to the days of Like Water for Chocolate. The chemistry displayed between Common and No I.D. is unreal.

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Little Brother & Just Blaze Live in Chicago

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , on Thursday, July 30, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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Here is some nice footage of Little Brother & Just Blaze rocking shit in Chicago at the recent Red Bull Big Tune Beat Battle. Little Brother is one of my favorite groups in Hip-Hop, and Just Blaze is one of the most fire producers in the game. You shouldn’t sleep on this one guys. I totally wish I could have been at this shit. Notice how Just Blaze gets everyone ready by playing some of his insane beats.

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