Swervedriver >> Born Again in Atlanta [Terminal West]

Swervedriver >> is currently on an album tour of their first new release in nearly 2 decades I Wasn't Born To Lose You. Following last year's reunion and recent big appearances stateside including SXSW 2015, the band made a stop for a monumental show at Terminal West in Atlanta last night. Check out the pics from the show below!

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Kawehi >> 1-2-3, 1-2-3 Drink! in Portland [Doug Fir Lounge]

Kawehi >> strolled through Portland over the weekend for an interesting show at the Doug Fir Lounge on a chilly, rainy, chill night in the land of weird. It was a fun show at a very fun and iconic music venue that I've always wanted to check out. The experience was uniquely awesome and the tree-like motif with full-on indoor forest acoustics certainly didn't disappoint my high expectations of aesthetics and sound.

Kawehi >> Portland

Kawehi is super cute and all 5-foot-nothing of her is seemingly full of fun, bubbly and awkward personality. This big island, little vixen is very gifted musically as well but only a small amount of that talent was on display for the show. She started her set with a super sick cover of 'Hurt' by Nine Inch Nails and followed with more covers and an abundance of stories.

She creates all of her sound on the spot with her soft yet very powerful at times vocals, an electric guitar with a body the size of her body and a sick electrical station of synths. I would have liked to hear more original music that wasn't a lame anniversary song for some assholes in the audience or a happy birthday dedication to another turd in attendance or even just more upbeat covers that could have gotten an anxious, packed house to move their feet more. I recognize the talent in Kawehi but the audience read was just not there.

My favorite jam was her cover of 'Chandelier' by Sia which was very crisp, creative and most importantly inspiring for Doug Fir crowd to count twice and imbibe accordingly.

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ODESSA Joins The Lone Bellow on Tour in February/March

ODESSA >> and The Lone Bellow will kick off a joint tour later this month and cover 20 cities in about 20 days. The uber talented left coast singer/songwriter hails from California and has been grabbing attention all over the country after performing a series of CMJ showcases.

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Check out her video and latest single 'I Will Be There' for a look at the beautiful songstress and a close listen to what is prompting artists like Phantogram to inspire remix productions. Better yet, go check out a show at an east coast venue aplenty near you over the next month.

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The Ting Tings >> Super Critical in 2015

The Ting Tings >> are back at it again in 2015 with a new album and mini tour of the US left coast. The UK duo's 3rd studio release will drop this coming Tuesday JAN-13 with Super Critical which features singles 'Wrong Club' and 'Do It Again'.

The Ting Tings >> Super Critical

With a new compilation of crisp, electric tracks, Katie and Jules ought to make big splashes from across the pond again like they did when their debut We Started Nothing hit US airwaves in 2008, when really they started everything.

Now they're set to kick off a set of shows in California this month to get Super Critical in select cities like San Francisco [Rickshaw Stop], Sacramento [Harlow's] and West Hollywood [Troubadour]. Hopefully, these aren't the only stateside shows in 2015. We're crossing our fingers for a full on album tour and some festival appearances.

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Best in SHOWz >> 2014

Wonder Showzen 2014 >> was absolutely remarkable and just like every other year in live music for me this series of concerts, parties, festivals and such, each had an identity of its own. Artists have continued to develop, galas have grown and newly discovered bands have come into fruition, making all events and even the most familiar of productions a whole new experience.

Chromeo >> Marquee TheatreI experienced more than 100 live performances once again and again can confidently state that the quality of this year's collections has been the best yet.  From the valley to Cali and from here to there I experienced many an artist for the first time [CHVRCHES, Tegan & Sara, Imagine Dragons, MS MR], 17th time [311], long-awaited [Outkast, Offspring, Panic! At The Disco], some I haven't seen in close to a decade [Kanye West, Less Than Jake] and even witnessed some making their own fantastic debuts [DeepV].

This year I basked in festivals across state lines like Life Is Beautiful, experienced new local galas like VIVA PHX take steps toward desert grandioseness and the valley's always hot tour stop at Warped. Staples like Sail Inn and Club Red in Tempe were put to rest while Crescent Ballroom and Marquee Theatre continued to assert their presence into the scene and old ones arose from the dead, reinvigorated from dormancy like the newly remodeled Pub Rock Live in Scottsdale.

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Net net 2014 was a superb year and once again I got to wander a music lover’s paradise. As always I had the blastest blast with my best friends, made a shit ton of new ones and even partook some of these gigs on the solo tip. It's far too difficult to decipher the best of 2014 because each were unique from the performance aspect, my variety of company and each experience was distinct for one reason or another. Thus, in lieu of choosing, I’ll salute all of the artists that took part in my phenomenal 2014 in a Flickr tribute and healthy shout-out list. Happy 2014, my friends!

311 x 2 A-Trak Against Me! Anberlin Arctic Monkeys B-Real Bad Religion Baauer The Black Keys Black Kids Broken Bells Chromeo CHVRCHES Counting Crows Cypress Hill DeepV DJ Noah Wylie Fitz & The Tantrums Foo Fighters Galantis The Gaslight Anthem Holy Ghost Girl Talk Imagine Dragons Jake Bugg Kanye West Kitten Less Than Jake Lionel Richie Little Dragon Macklemore Matt & Kim Method Man MS MR The Naked & Famous Nite Jewel Offspring Outkast Panic! At The Disco Pennywise Phantogram Pinback x 2 Priory RAC Redman Say Anything Skrillex Sleeper Agent Slightly Stoopid Snake Burner St. Lucia Tegan & Sara Tokimonsta Tranzit YACHT Yellowcard

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zLISTED >> Best Albums of 2014

2014 >> boasted a shitload of new music and amongst those plentiful releases was a plethora of greatness. Dozens of veteran artists as well as some rookies dropped albums each month which added up to a fuck ton of albums that I really dug. It was quite a challenge to put together this best of the best list but I fucking tried okay? So without further ado, in my humble opinion here are the best albums released in 2014. Ya dig?

15 >> Broken Bells After The Disco 

Broken Bells >> After The Disco

14 >> Chromeo White Women

Chromeo >> White Women

13 >> Little Dragon Nabuma Rubberband

Little Dragon >> Nabuma Rubberband

12 >> Die Antwoord Donker Mag

Die Antwoord >> Donker Mag

11 >> 311 Stereolithic

311 >> Stereolithic

10 >> Lykke Li I Never Learn

Lykke Li >> I Never Learn

9 >> The Black Keys Turn Blue

The Black Keys >> Turn Blue

8 >> Jack White Lazaretto

Jack White >> Lazaretto

7 >> Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence

Lana Del Rey >> Ultra Violence

6 >> Calvin Harris Motion

Calvin Harris >> Motion

5 >> Foo Fighters Sonic Highways

Foo Fighters >> Sonic Highways

4 >> FKA Twigs LP1

FKA Twigs >> LP1

3 >> The Glitch Mob Love Death Immortality

The Glitch Mob >> Love Death Immortality

2 >> Phantogram Voices

Phantogram >> Voices

1 >> Julian Casablancas + The Voidz Tyranny

Julian Casablancas+The Voidz >> Tyranny

Honorable Mentions >> St. Vincent [St. Vincent], Pharrell Williams [G I R L], Chiodos [Devil], Iggy Azalia [The New Classic], Deadmau5 [while(1<2)], Taylor Swift [1989], Royksopp & Robyn [Do It Again], Skrillex [Recess], The Gaslight Anthem [Get Hurt]

 
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Feelin Hirie in Santa Rosa [The Emerald Cup 2014]

The Emerald Cup 2014 >> For those who have been in a haze of one kind or another The Emerald Cup is the world's longest running outdoor, organic cannabis cup. In addition to judging the dankest herb for whatever ails you, this festival also provides speakers, workshops and vendors to get your lifestyle as green as it can be.

The Emerald Cup 2014

However, what brought me to the Santa Rosa County Fairgrounds December 13th and 14th was the music festival that accompanies this herbal celebration. Over two days, The Emerald Cup brought in more than ten different acts from the Reggae and World Music scene including heavy hitters Slightly Stoopid and Grammy Award winning Ozomotli.

[Related: Slightly Stoopid >> Summer Sessions]

Of the handful of other awesome acts joining in the weekend's festivities, one flower seemed to grow right before our eye and shine brightest through the cloudy weekend and her name is Hirie.

Hirie >> Emerald Cup 2014

Hirie played just as the sun was setting on Day 1 of the festival and her enthusiasm was just what was needed to get the understandably mellow crowd ready to party. The tiny and adorable Hirie took the stage at all of 5 feet tall in heels, but those in attendance could quickly feel her energy far exceeded her stature. With an upbeat, sweet and soothing voice she serenaded the crowd with pot-influenced lyrics of songs like ‘Higher’ and ‘Sensi Boy’. The songs clearly had sparked a note with the audience and everyone grooved to the vibes under her spell.

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Although clearly the star of the show this was far from a one-woman performance. Her band, complete with horn section and mohawk'd lead guitarist brought a deep multi-layered sound enveloping Hirie's sweet voice in deep waves of island tuneage. She closed out her set with a cover of Beyonce's ‘Drunk In Love’ [conveniently changed to ‘Stoned in Love’ for the Emerald Cup-ers] and with shout outs to smoke up her soundman behind the scenes. Clearly this pint-sized powerhouse was a perfect fit for The Emerald Cup and was a show I highly recommend to catch in the New Year. She'll be on the Tribal Seeds Winter Chillin' Tour so check out her FaceBook and Instagram to keep up to date with her as this flower continues to grow and blossom on the always cannabis friendly reggae scene.

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