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Carlita’s Top Artists of 2013- Part 1

2014… Wait, didn’t 2013 just start? Well, now that 2013 is done, I can officially lay down my top 25 artists of the year. Why the wait? By November, others had their countdowns locked down but I held off because I suspected there might be some late entries to the party. Breaking up these artists […]

Live Review and Interviews: Red Bull Sound Select with El-P and special guest Killer Mike, Thurz, Warm Brew and Azizi Gibson

‘Tis the season to wrap up 2013 and if you were looking to turn up one last time before putting on ugly reindeer sweaters, jingling some bells and shutting it down until 2014, Red Bull Sound Select’s LA show provided the perfect opportunity to do so. Mixing LA-based rising talent (Thurz, Azizi Gibson and the […]

Interview: Johnny Richter

After an intense start to 2013, MC Johnny Richter wraps up his year on a high note with the release of FreeKING Out, dropping today. Obviously, you might recognize him as a former member of platinum selling Orange County based group, Kottonmouth Kings. Breaking ties, channeling storied pasts, potential accusations and personal strife, Johnny focused […]

Interview: Sprung Monkey’s Ernie Longoria

When San Diegan punk and alt-rock vets Sprung Monkey released their fifth album ,Dead is Dead on November 26th, it marked a welcome comeback and the next chapter to the group’s whirlwind careers. Starting the band through putting an ad in a local newspaper and selling CDs from trunks, they’re legendary among the surf, skate […]

Interview: Lady’s Nicole Wray

If you were like me in the late 90’s, chances were VERY high you were bumping solo and featured material from one particular LADY. Nicole Wray. The artist who laced several a track for music masterminds Missy Elliott, Timbaland and Damon Dash’s Rocafella, started her career off on a high note and spent years behind […]

Interview: Lateef the Truthspeaker of Latyrx

As a music connoisseur, I’m proud to be a Bay Area music supporter. Blessed to speak with several of my favorite unique crews and tribes over the past two years, there’s an obvious deep respect for Bay hip-hop flavor you can’t find anywhere else. One group at the top of my list is Latyrx (comprised […]

Interview: TECLA

Mixing introspective lyrics, social commentary with addictive party life rhythms, I immediately took a second listen and look at New Yorker TECLA’s latest album, We Are the Lucky Ones. Peeping her second full-length record reminded me of home (my frenzied, blended diverse city and its island connections, that is). Attracting attention with songs like “Tragic […]

“Waking Up In Vegas”- 2013’s Life Is Beautiful Fest Review and Artist Interviews

To say that I had a great time this weekend in Vegas at the first annual Life Is Beautiful music, art and food Fest would be an understatement. The Killers, Imagine Dragons ( whose set featured Cirque Du Soleil Mystere performers) Childish Gambino (who did a dope cover of “Rolling in the Deep”),Janelle Monae (who […]

Interview: Tanya Morgan

In case you “just arrived”, one of the best indie hip-hop duos around, Tanya Morgan, recently dropped their third full-length album, Rubber Souls. Getting props from several mainstream media outlets, the critic resounding response was very simple- Go “Pick It Up”. Experimenting in many ways by working with esteemed producer 6th Sense, this new record […]

Fest Review and Interview: Culture Collide 2013

Last weekend, Filter’s Culture Collide Festival ruled LA’s Echo Park. In a creative neighborhood (and frankly, a city) that is used to booming, live acts seven days a week, it took something special like this to shake things up. Luckily avoiding the storm perils that befell the Austin City Limits festival the same weekend, the […]

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