Paid Dues Independent Hip-Hop Festival
San Manuel Amphitheater
Traffic was hellish. Parking was a mess, the outhouses were a disaster, the lines for food were ridiculously long, and one edifice labeled "will call" was not, in fact, will call. The dust was Coachella-like, and after the boil ... More >>
Blu Blu soundlessly materializes in Silverlake's La Mill coffee boutique. The rapper's aura is so serene it forms a barrier against the sounds of jittery fingertips flitting across keyboards and conversations that seem to be in fast forward. I think of a line from "Down to Earth," a song from ... More >>
The Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez Lopez hooks up with Low End Theory's DJ Nobody for the album "Tychozorente"Much has been made of legendary L.A. hip-hop producer Madlib's 2010 album-a-month series. But another of this city's storied musical madmen has been doing his part to flood the market wi ... More >>
Strong Arm Steady manhandle mucho cheeba at Los Angeles' Hemporium.It seems like something out of Dave Chappelle's 1998 stoner comedy classic, Half Baked, but could allegiances to specific medical marijuana dispensaries be rap's next big territory war?
If pot ever goes completely legal, and ... More >>
Madvillain's 'Papermill'There've been questionable leaks and legitimate teasers, but fans drooling for a new Madvillain LP have had precious little to cling to.
Beside faith, of course, that in L.A. producer Madlib's apparent quest to set the record for album releases in a year (he's on targ ... More >>
How last month of me....However, since I sleep on the hometown scene all-too-frequently, consider this mild penance. 10. Dengue Fever-Venus on Earth (M80)
Dreamy and druggy psychedelia built on a bedrock worship of 60s Cambodian pop, and the ethereal buoyancy of Chom Nmol's voice. Adorned w ... More >>