With Labor Day behind us, Summer is officially disappearing in the review mirror. But the best thing about fall isn’t the colors, it’s the great new music that the season brings to get us through the shorter days and colder nights until Christmas. Here’s the albums you should be certain to check every week. …MORE
While witnessing The Roots & John Legend blow the roof off in West Hollywood this weekend, it occurred to me that the last time I was so enthralled by a show at the legendary Troubadour was when Atmosphere came through in 2006 with a full live band. “Slug is on some Springsteen shit” is how former URB editor Scott Sterling described that night as the backpacker from Minneapolis took us through over two hours and serious emo-rap, brought to life by a five-piece live band.
Atmosphere just announced some new tour dates for 2010—named the “To All My Friends Tour,” which to my chagrin doesn’t include LA (yet). But here’s what’s on deck so far for the tour which also features Blueprint, Grieves & Budo and DJ Rare Groove. …MORE
Fat Beats, the indie hip-hop label-slash-record store has announce they will be deleting the “slash” from the description by closing their two retail locations, including the New York flagship store, which has been open since 1994, and the Melrose Ave store in Los Angeles, a sort of base-camp for much of the city’s indie hip-hop community.
The company’s record label, online sales and distribution company—which has had it’s hand on legendary releases by Atmosphere, Roc Raida, Big Daddy Kane and donzens of other hip-hop legends— will continue operations.
The New York store will be closing on September 4th and the LA store on September 18th. Keep an eye on the Fat Beats website to learn about closing sales and special events.
Bar exam 6
went down this time around at Self Help Graphics in East Los Angeles. MC skills challenge, turn based lyrical combat over instrumentals, and acapella battling were the judging guidelines. Rolling Rockers, Everyready Records, L.Scatterbrain, Intuition and Verbs, Sahtyre and Swim Team, Lyraflip, AlphaMC came with cds and news shows, magazine release parties, battles, block parties and tour plans.