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DOIN’ IT GOLD SCHOOL

Gavin Turek Returns to America’s Finest City at the University of California, San Diego

Story & Images by Cheryl Andaya

Edited by Aimee von G

La Jolla, CA–For the students who needed a much-deserved break from studying, Los Angeles native Gavin Turek provided the music to dance and let loose on Monday night at UCSD’s performance lounge, The Loft. The electro-pop goddess went the distance with her signature neo-disco sound and vivacious dance moves, inspiring Tritons and San Diego fans alike to get up on their feet and boogie-woogie on with her.

Gavin Turek at University of California, San Diego

“This is my first time at UC San Diego…you guys have such a nice campus…like really nice…like why didn’t I go here (laughter)? I went to Scripps not the same Scripps (you have here in San Diego)…an all girls school Scripps College in Claremont. I just want to let you know that I went to college too. Yes I did. I did go to college and I’m not using my degree (laughter). It’s ok. It was a good experience. (Introducing her DJ) this is Val Fleury by the way (Val yells out ‘Chico State!’). So I am excited to be here. I think this is my first college show. (The crowd cheers on being he first) Give it up for yourselves! Thank you for coming. I really appreciate it. So I’m from LA, born and raised. I just released my new EP.  Are there any artist in the house? I hear you! Good for you going to college, I did the same thing. It worked out just fine for me. Don’t worry about that decision. I just want to get to know you (the audience) a little bit. I’ll talk more later. Thank you for coming. We’re gonna play some new songs off the EP so if you know it, you better dance and sing along (the crowd cheers!)” – Gavin Turek

Gavin Turek interacting with a fan
Gavin Turek dancing on stage
Gavin Turek at The Loft at UCSD
Gavin Turek getting up close

Visit her website for more info: www.gavinturek.com

New EP Good Look For You available on iTunesSpotify, SoundCloud and at her shows. Gavin will be on tour with Tuxedo.

Good Look For You EP
1) On The Line
2) The Distance
3) Good Look For You
4) The Distance
5) It’s The Light

BALTIMORE INDIEFEST 2014

Written & Photography by Andrew Mangum

There was a lot of “buzz” in the air surrounding the Baltimore IndieFest event that took place last week on May 30th, 2014. An event advocating outstanding independent music, film, art, business and ideas that seemed to rely heavier on the music than the film, art and business side of things. Hosted at the 8×10 in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore, the event featured a lot of up and coming acts from the city. With the collective power of the people, the intent of this event was to clearly shift the attention from the negative Baltimore stigma and show a world where there is a lot of good going on.

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Hosted by Civ Jones, Baltimore radio personality (most notably Magic 95.9), kept the event running in a timely manner, while also taking some time to pump up the crowd. The first act taking the stage for Baltimore IndieFest highlighted the master lyricist Eze Jackson and the uniquely, talented producer and musician, Wendel Patrick. Eze got the crowd into the show right from the start, jumping into the audience and dancing around with one person in particular, who I later learned was his wife. You could tell by the ear to ear grin on Wendel’s face that these two were having a blast performing. My favorite moment came during the performance of “Nosetalgia” where Wendel started mixing the live microphone, controlling the tempo and pitch of Eze’s voice. Bringing his voice to an almost complete stop, the slowness of the lyrics, and deepness of his timbre put the crowd into a hypnotic state, bobbing back and forth. Watching Wendel and Eze perform was something special. These are two tremendously talented guys who really know how to put on an entertaining, and thought provoking performance.

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After Eze and Wendel got the crowd completely into the concert, Kissi B was up next, backed by her band, That Dude Named Jimmy. Very quickly all of the women in the place made their way up to the front of the stage. Kissi B has a very sensual way of performing, engaging everyone in the audience and making sure to reach deep into their soul to make them feel an orgasmic melody that resonates from her sweetly, raspy voice. Playing her own songs that all seemed to be a crowd favorite, she also mixed in a great rendition of Erykah Badu’s, “Bag Lady”. The band, That Dude Named Jimmy, was always on point backing up Kissi and filling in to keep the energy level at the highest level possible. With the sweat continuously dripping down her face, you could tell that Kissi was putting everything of herself into her performance. So while the stack of napkins used to wipe the sweat from her brow dwindled down, so did her set.

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Greenspan was very nervous about the show. Not the kind of nervous concerned about performing, but a nervous tension sitting on his shoulders to ensure the night went perfect. Backstage you could see him keeping order, keeping people from cluttering the hallways. Tensions were high, and Greenspan wanted to make sure this event was flawless. With all of that weight on his shoulders, and the added stress, Greenspan still came on stage and delivered his set with high energy and complete accuracy. He played a lot of hits from his new album “STRWY2HVN,” which just might be the best Album out of Baltimore for this year.

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Tonight was another special night for Green because he was able to perform his song “Free” for his cousin LorFal. “Free” is a song that Green wrote about his incarcerated family members. The chorus goes; “Free. Free. Free. Free LorFal, Bino, and Shitty. Free LorFal, Bino, and Shitty. I write a verse full of freedom and tell my people get with me.” Tonight his people were with him. LorFal was in the audience this evening watching in awe as this was the first time he had ever heard the song “Free”.

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Steve Aoki Aokify America Tour featuring Pharrell & Waka Flocka

By Renita Clarke

Let me just say that Steve Aoki knows how to put the right people together to give you a stellar concert experience. I don’t think the audience sat down one time. These guys put on a hell of a show. Who would of thought a Hip Hop & EDM concert would be so electric. I mean it was hit after hit after hit and non-stop dancing from start to finish. And let’s not even talk about Steve Aoki speakers coming to life (A MUST SEE)!

Critics didn’t think that this combo of Hip Hop and EDM would make a good concert, but apparently the critics have never seen any of these gentlemen perform. You don’t see music genre lines at all during this show. The sets blend with each other and it feels like a mini festival. This show is definitely worth every penny.

The Aokify America Tour has the freshest talent in EDM and Hip Hop music in the forefront with acts like Borgore and Waka Flocka Flame. The threesome rep their respective genres very well. Then you have hit maker and Grammy Award Winning Producer/Songwriter Pharrell just adds a cherry on an already perfect sundae. Pharrell joins the Aokify America Tour crew on selected dates, so make sure you catch one of these last shows.

Check out some of the photos of the Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion show after the jump…

*photos courtesy of Renita Clarke

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SNEAK PEEK at ROCK IN RIO 2013

ROCK IN RIO: THE WORLD’S BIGGEST MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT EVENT
With 12 editions held in Brazil (1985, 1991, 2001 and 2011), Portugal (2004,2006,2008, 2010 and 2012) and Spain (2008, 2010 and 2012). The festival gathered 6.511.300 spectators that cheered 968 artists, Rock in Rio is the biggest music and entertainment event of the world. There were more than 980 hours of music being transmitted by the TV and the internet, for more than 1 billion viewers in 200 countries. The Rock in Rio also collects records on social network (in the music festivals category) with more than nine million followers. In 2011, the event was the Twitter Trending Topics (TTs) in 13 countries. The event, which is in its 13th edition, starts on Friday, September 13 th and continues by September 14th, 15th, 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd of 2013, at Cidade do Rock, in Rio de Janeiro (Parque dos Atletas – Av. Salvador Allende, s/n), an area of 150 thousand square meters.

Here’s a sneak peek of what you can accept this year:

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