Hiatus Kaiyote @ The El Rey 10/4/15

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If Sunday is the day of rest, it makes sense that soul music serves as a perfect soundtrack for such sentiments. Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Amy Winehouse: all fit well in my idea of a relaxing weekend. This Sunday, my weekend found release through the multi-faced music of neo-soul quartet, Hiatus Kaiyote, at the El Rey Theatre. Continue reading Hiatus Kaiyote @ The El Rey 10/4/15

Empress Of @ The Echo 9/30/15

imageOn Wednesday night, September 30th, I saw the first of eight different shows, and one festival, that I will attend this fall in Los Angeles.

This series commenced at the Echo on Sunset Boulevard to see rising pop star, Empress Of, with opening acts Abra and Drool. The lovely aspect about the Echo is it’s tight-packed intimacy, where artist & audience alike can share in the same (unfortunately sweltering) experience. This also imparts more chances for artist-to-audience banter, something I feel bestows an act with more personality. Continue reading Empress Of @ The Echo 9/30/15

Interview With Rocky Dawuni for Give a Beat

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Give a Beat is an LA-based nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of America’s mass incarceration problem via the electronic music community. I often freelance for them, interviewing artists and activists they work with, producing audio pieces for Give a Beat’s blog space.

This interview happened to be with musician and activist, Rocky Dawuni. I sat down with Dawuni at his home in the Palisades, and learned how one balances the line of artistry and activism.

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