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What Supporting Your City Looks Like: Sacramento’s First Festival

What Supporting Your City Looks Like: Sacramento’s First Festival

Before I start in about the heart of this article, aka First Festival, I have to give a little backstory. I reached out to Danielle Vincent, the founder, in early February. We went over some really awesome talking points about the festival, it’s lineup and what we can ...

Olivia Monahan

March 4th, 2018

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Fans can feel the “Energy” at Philharmonik’s album release party.

Fans can feel the “Energy” at Philharmonik’s album release party.

The Philharmonik album release show was full of homegrown talent at the Sol Collective Venue. Sunmonks and Jmsey opened up for The Philharmonik and they were incredible. Sunmonks played for 30 minutes to get the crowd excited and moving. There was much love at Sol Collective

Arik Ruiz

March 4th, 2018

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Beaches, Beats and Wu-Tang Yoga: SCMF ain’t nothing to…. well, you get it

Beaches, Beats and Wu-Tang Yoga: SCMF ain’t nothing to…. well, you get it

The last couple of weeks have been more than hectic, but it has helped me to realize something. It is a great time in life to get your priorities straight, especially with all of the amazing manifestations that have been coming my way recently. One of my major priorities has

Olivia Monahan

March 4th, 2018

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Oakland’s newest music festival Blurry Vision is bringing heat

Oakland’s newest music festival Blurry Vision is bringing heat

WHAT KIND OF HOLY MAGIC IS THIS LINE UP?! I already had my entire festival season mapped out and then the geniuses over at Goldenvoice decided to collywhomp me with yet another festival that I truthfully don’t know how I will make it happen, but I tell you right ...

Olivia Monahan

February 26th, 2018

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Sacramento Be Like… (Third Edition)

Sacramento Be Like… (Third Edition)

Hey kids! I had to take a break last week to spend a little time honoring the awesomeness that is Noise Pop. Last week I was able to immerse myself in a solid few days of hip hop that blew my mind, music that soothed my soul, and at one point during the week (see the Madlib ...

Olivia Monahan

February 26th, 2018

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Madlib brings Dave Chappelle and Yasiin Bey to Noise Pop appearance — does this mean there’s a tour coming?

Madlib brings Dave Chappelle and Yasiin Bey to Noise Pop appearance — does this mean there’s a tour coming?

In case you missed it: Last Thursday, February 22nd, Madlib aka the Beat Konducta, aka Quasimoto, aka one of the most prolific producers of our generation graced the stage at 1015 SF for a special DJ set. That in and of itself, is highly buzzworthy. As if being able to see a

Olivia Monahan

February 26th, 2018

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Sade has a new song! I repeat, Sade has a new song!

Sade has a new song! I repeat, Sade has a new song!

This is not a drill people. You are not dreaming this. Feel free to pinch yourself if necessary. Don’t worry. I’ll wait … via GIPHY For the first time in 8 years, and implicitly at the request of director Ava DuVernay, the literal Gawdess herself, Sade, has

Olivia Monahan

February 20th, 2018

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Noise Pop be like…

Noise Pop be like…

Okay before you get on my case, yes I know that I took this week off on my Sacramento be like… series. But that’s because it’s my birthday month and I have been high or tipsy about 74% percent of the time. Depending on how this week rounds out it could be a

Olivia Monahan

February 20th, 2018

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Stevie Nader is keeping me Occupied with his new single

Stevie Nader is keeping me Occupied with his new single

On May 5th, 2017 I posted something on my FB page. It was a simple statement, with an important message. Stevie Come back ——- Well, it may have taken a little over 6 months, but the universe, the music gawds, heard me. Sacramento artist Stevie Nader has released ...

Olivia Monahan

February 16th, 2018

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Dr. Octagon reunites and releases first album in 20 years!

Dr. Octagon reunites and releases first album in 20 years!

Today has been a day of days when it comes to the good hip hop news. Dr. Octagon, aka Kool Keith, Dan the Automator and DJ Qbert have reunited and are bringing us some newness as of April. Entitled Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation, you can now ...

Olivia Monahan

February 15th, 2018

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Another Sacramento Music Venue in Danger of Closing…

Another Sacramento Music Venue in Danger of Closing…

There are a lot of things that have been changing in Sacramento in recent years — some good, some bad. With an influx of Bay Area residents coming in and buying properties (what up skyrocketing rent prices?), a concerted investment into the arts and culture sector by ...

Olivia Monahan

February 9th, 2018

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#FBF — Flashback Fonty

#FBF — Flashback Fonty

Last week I ran my first “Sacramento Be Like…” article highlighting all of the amazing talent that circulates it way through the Sacramento music scene. One of the bands featured was Fonty, a lo-fi, crunchy, garage rock experience of music that I have ...

Olivia Monahan

February 9th, 2018

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Black Panther Soundtrack is here!

Black Panther Soundtrack is here!

I really don’t even think I need to say anything else. An album that most hip hop fans, movie fans, fans of life in general have been waiting on has dropped this morning. I have been listening since 6am this morning and let me just say… It’s really ...

Olivia Monahan

February 9th, 2018

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It’s on and Noise Popping — Noise Pop Kicks off with Toro Y Moi

It’s on and Noise Popping — Noise Pop Kicks off with Toro Y Moi

FESTIVAL SEASON! FESTIVAL SEASON! I love it so much it hurts, and this year we are kicking our coverage off early with the amazing Bay Area music, arts and culture staple — Noise Pop! Tonight we are blessed and HIGH-ly favored to be attending the Noise Pop kick off ...

Olivia Monahan

February 8th, 2018

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Sacramento be Like… (Second Edition)

Sacramento be Like… (Second Edition)

So last week I put an article out called “Sacramento be Like”, which highlighted a couple of amazing shows that we were excited about for the coming weekend. Here’s the problem — there are so many amazing events that happen in Sacramento that if I ...

Olivia Monahan

February 5th, 2018

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After a decade, they are still SUBMERGE’d in the heartbeat of Sacramento

After a decade, they are still SUBMERGE’d in the heartbeat of Sacramento

Did you know that the traditional gift for a ten year anniversary is tin or aluminum? Not to be that person, but how on earth do you give someone something of tin/aluminum for a present? “Here honey, I bought you this vintage oil can! It’s just like the tin man ...

Olivia Monahan

February 2nd, 2018

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Sacramento Be Like… (First Edition)

Sacramento Be Like… (First Edition)

OK let me just sort of take a moment to holla at you guys. As much as I love the big shows, festivals and 10k + crowds — there is actually no better feeling to me than being able to go out and actually support the local talent that exists within my community. For years

Olivia Monahan

January 31st, 2018

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Sol Blume is coming and bringing Jhene Aiko, The Internet, Smino and more to Cesar Chavez Park

Sol Blume is coming and bringing Jhene Aiko, The Internet, Smino and more to Cesar Chavez Park

What’s your favorite season? Many folks love winter, for its layered clothing and netflix-and-chill atmosphere. Even more love summer for it’s long nights and beach friendly temperatures. An equal case could be made for the beauty of fall, as the leaves change ...

Olivia Monahan

January 31st, 2018

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Come for Ghostface, stay for Pan Dulce — A Peek into the Santa Cruz Music Festival

Come for Ghostface, stay for Pan Dulce — A Peek into the Santa Cruz Music Festival

I mentioned it to you very early on this year that we were trying to get out of our comfort zone this year. While we have been comfortably nestled in the world of hip hop and r&b, we also want to spread our wings and fly to the outer regions of the genres that we have ...

Olivia Monahan

January 31st, 2018

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Cash (Campain) Rules Everything Around Him by Fighting for Love

Cash (Campain) Rules Everything Around Him by Fighting for Love

“Let this video be motivation for everyone. To be more present. More vulnerable. More in love with the moment…” It seems like such a simple statement. A statement that should be easy to abide by. As anyone reading this blog can probably tell you, that shit ...

Olivia Monahan

January 19th, 2018

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Between Bubble Gum and Avant Garde lies Noise Pop Festival

Between Bubble Gum and Avant Garde lies Noise Pop Festival

When it comes to the type of music I like, my ear is all over the place. I mean, if you pulled up my Spotify you would find absolutely no rhyme-or-reason to any of the recommendations it gives because in my brain there is no rhyme or reason to what I like. I attach myself to

Olivia Monahan

January 13th, 2018

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Rachetly Woke — Balancing Both Worlds with Natomas Slimm

Rachetly Woke — Balancing Both Worlds with Natomas Slimm

Confession time I have been friends with Natomas Slimm for a few years now. Second confession I had NO idea I was friends with Natomas Slimm until about two months before writing this article. —– Alright alright, I know that it doesn’t make any damn sense, ...

Olivia Monahan

January 9th, 2018

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#5 Reasons to check out Vic Mensa on the 4:44 tour

#5 Reasons to check out Vic Mensa on the 4:44 tour

So the 4:44 Tour featuring the soon-to-be legend Vic Mensa and always-been-a-legend Jay Z is coming to Golden 1 Center in exactly five days, and what better way is there to celebrate my excitement than to give you the top five reasons why YOU need to get your tickets ...

Olivia Monahan

December 12th, 2017

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Rolling thru Sacramento: The California Harvest Tour

Rolling thru Sacramento: The California Harvest Tour

Hitting the tail end of their California Harvest Tour, Aceyalone, Equipto, Aplus, Zman and DJ True Justice are hitting Momo’s tonight to lace Sacramento with some classic hip hop vibes — and you should be there, because it’s gonna be a great Monday show AND

Olivia Monahan

November 20th, 2017

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Rolling Loud: The High Five – Day Two

Rolling Loud: The High Five – Day Two

Okay okay I know I am a little late on the day two roll up for Rolling Loud Fest but I swear to Yeezus I had the best freaking reasons why there was a delay, and one of them was something that was a direct result of this festival so it almost seems appropriate that I be ...

Olivia Monahan

November 10th, 2017

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How The Grouch Stole Christmas 2017

How The Grouch Stole Christmas 2017

Hip hop in Sacramento is having a really major year thanks to a few different entities bringing in some quality talent, and Novemeber is definitely reaping the rewards of it in a major way as Corey Scoffern aka The Grouch, brings his 11th incarnation of the infamous How The ...

Olivia Monahan

November 8th, 2017

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Rolling Loud: The High Five – Day One

Rolling Loud: The High Five – Day One

Well, that was a trip. One for the record books… Exactly two weeks ago, I was asked to cover Rolling Loud Festival. As the Resident Stoner, I cannot say that I was surprised — I mean the proof is in the title of the festival — I belonged there. As the damn ...

Olivia Monahan

November 1st, 2017

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Put Your Lips on Tree…. Thomas

Put Your Lips on Tree…. Thomas

You like that title don’t you? I can’t help it, I do too. It’s a lyric from one of Tree Thomas’ new songs off his latest release ‘Tree is Love” EP, which is a partner project produced by Trippy Sanders, artist and all-around weirdo (in the

Olivia Monahan

October 27th, 2017

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Tropicália 2017 Preview

Tropicália 2017 Preview

What a beautiful way to bring the people together with not only super good music but.. Free tacos? Yo honestly that is incredibly thoughtful and creates a unique environment for this music festival. Free tacos with a music festival is unheard of, for me anyway. A huge shout ...

Aika

October 24th, 2017

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Living Legends founder & Team 3.0 frontman is coming for HEADS as new & improved 3.0

Living Legends founder & Team 3.0 frontman is coming for HEADS as new & improved 3.0

So first off let me start by saying this: The fact that I got the chance to chop it up with the founder of Living Legends is basically a hip hop dream come true. I still have to sort of pinch myself because even though I try to be cool and shit — let’s face it ...

Olivia Monahan

October 18th, 2017

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Smoking loud at Rolling Loud — A Resident Stoner Preview

Smoking loud at Rolling Loud — A Resident Stoner Preview

So. Is it stereotypical that they asked the Resident Stoner to cover Rolling Loud SF? — Yes Am I absolutely okay with that? — Fuck yes ———- So what is Rolling Loud? Rolling Loud is one of the largest hip-hop centric music festivals in ...

Olivia Monahan

October 17th, 2017

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How The Grouch Stole Christmas AKA my hip hop dreams coming true

How The Grouch Stole Christmas AKA my hip hop dreams coming true

This line up makes me angry — because it is that good! My stoner self will be in the building with blunts rolled and my ears ready to be blessed. The Grouch aka Corey Scoffern has been putting on his annual How The Grouch Stole Christmas concert series for over a ...

Olivia Monahan

October 11th, 2017

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Oregon Eclipse Gathering 2017 // Recap

Oregon Eclipse Gathering 2017 // Recap

Oregon Eclipse Gathering took place August 17-23 during the solar eclipse and in the path of totality at Big Prairie Summit in the heart of Ochoco National Forest. It was an extraordinary experience, sensory overload if you will. So many people were brought together with the

Jennie H Kim

October 10th, 2017

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SZA — Love Galore

SZA — Love Galore

Lo0OOOOoOOOvee- as long as we got. SZA’s new hit, “Love Galore” has taken the streets in a storm. Now with over 12 million views on Youtube, SZA’s sky rocketing as not only an artist, but an artist of color, an artist as a woman, and an artist as a ...

Aika

August 15th, 2017

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Hippie Sabotage coming back to Sac

Electronic duo Hippie Sabotage is coming back to Sacramento! The two brothers Kevin and Jeff Saurer, will be stopping by Sacramento on their “Lost In California” tour on September 26, 2018. Originally from Sacramento, the EDM duo released their latest album ...

Arik Ruiz

September 10th, 2018

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The Red Rocks Amphitheater Experience

It was a magical night at the Red Rocks Amphitheater. Jason Mraz represented good vibes and being positive every day. A huge colorful banner with the words “Good Vibes” was hanging behind the instruments as Mraz and his band greeted the sold-out Red Rocks crowd. The 10-piece

Arik Ruiz

September 10th, 2018

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City Of Trees 2018

Alternative 94.7 Sacramento announced the City of Trees 2018 lineup on August 13, 2018. They officially announced the lineup on their website cityoftrees.com. The headliners will be Odesza, and bands Bastille and Chvches. Other artist performing are Dirty Heads, Blue ...

Arik Ruiz

August 29th, 2018

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Withdrawals from This Years Northern Nights Music Festival

Withdrawals from This Years Northern Nights Music Festival

Still buzzing off the vibes from Northern Nights Music Fest this year. What an experience! Between those that I connected with over the weekend, to the jam session on the river, and getting loose at the Grove Stage, it is all very much missed! This festival was more than ...

Aika

August 21st, 2018

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Tropicália 2018!!!!!

Tropicália 2018!!!!!

Yes rumors are true.. the Tropicália Festival is BACK AT IT AGAIN FOR 2018!!! Last year at Tropicália, the staff offered all you can eat tacos at its November 11 debut! Who does that? TROPICALIA FEST. Knowing that they have the Tropicália line up ready has everyone in awe ...

Aika

August 16th, 2018

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Last Year They Ain’t Even Like the Bay — G Eazy x P Lo bring Endless Summer to Northern Cali

Last Year They Ain’t Even Like the Bay — G Eazy x P Lo bring Endless Summer to Northern Cali

Gerald, aka G Eazy is one of the artists responsible for bringing the new sound of Bay hyphy to mainstream radio (whether you agree with it or not), with his latest album The Beautiful and The Damned officially hitting gold status earlier this year. Taking that success on ...

Olivia Monahan

July 24th, 2018

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It’s a new dawn, new day and NEW LOVE with Cash Campain’s latest release.

It’s a new dawn, new day and NEW LOVE with Cash Campain’s latest release.

Please bear with me a moment, I am about to once again reveal my age by sounding like the cranky old grandma telling kids to get off the lawn. With that said, trendy shit irks my nerves. Trendy shit usually starts with a fairly original idea, but when that idea takes flight ...

Olivia Monahan

July 19th, 2018

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25 Years Later: Wu Tang Clan STILL Ain’t Nothin to Fk With

25 Years Later: Wu Tang Clan STILL Ain’t Nothin to Fk With

Enter the 36 Chambers. Let’s just start this article by saying, if you don’t fuck with this album or really, if you don’t fuck with the Wu… then I am afraid I am going to have to ask you to close the article and back away slowly. It’s ...

Olivia Monahan

July 17th, 2018

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Northern Nights Music Festival Announces Experiential Cannabis Activation

Northern Nights Music Festival Announces Experiential Cannabis Activation

It’s getting real this weekend at Northern Nights Music Festival! A 3-day one-of-a-kind experience with a blend of yoga, art, cannabis, and music among the serene Redwood grounds. As the cannabis prohibition in California comes to an end, NNMF merges cannabis history, ...

Aika

July 17th, 2018

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Glassjaw — Screamo pioneers and fan favorites are back in Sac July 18th

Glassjaw — Screamo pioneers and fan favorites are back in Sac July 18th

When recently asked if I would cover the Glassjaw show that was coming to Ace of Spades on the 18th, my immediate response was to say no. Not because I am an asshole — ok well I am whatever — but because the music is a bit outside of my wheelhouse. Then I paused.

Olivia Monahan

July 13th, 2018

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The Road to Northern Nights Music Festival 2018

The Road to Northern Nights Music Festival 2018

Smiles emerge as we plant our feet on the grounds of the Northern Nights Music Fest in the heart of Humboldt/Mendocino County, where the California Redwoods sit high and sweet ganja trickles into our noses. Thousands will be joining in celebration of the sixth annual ...

Aika

July 10th, 2018

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The true DOPEness of the Smoked Out BBQ

There is such a nostalgic feel to the Smoked Out BBQ line up. If you didn’t notice the actual date on the flyer, you would almost think that Paid Dues had reappeared from the ether. You would think that Rock the Bells was reincarnated. You would almost think that real ...

Olivia Monahan

July 8th, 2018

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Operating to Free Your Soul — Sacramento’s AndYes

Operating to Free Your Soul — Sacramento’s AndYes

Stories. There are few things in life that help connect humans to each other more than stories. They allow us to understand where we came from, and to connect to another person on a visceral level through shared experiences and candid moments. The more I have been writing ...

Olivia Monahan

July 5th, 2018

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Road to NNMF 2018!

Road to NNMF 2018!

Here we are getting ready for our SIXTH annual Northern Nights Music Festival!!! Located between Humboldt and Mendocino county, deep in the heart of NorCal’s renowned Emerald Triangle lies the crown jewel of the West Coast festival camping circuit, Northern Nights Music ...

Aika

June 19th, 2018

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Serenity Gathering Bridges Worlds & Levels Up to New Heights

Serenity Gathering is an evolving conscious festival that continues to grow over the years. Merging many different elements by creating a harmonious environment to intermingle and play, nudging all your senses in all the right ways. This year was their 5th Year Anniversary ...

Kristina Earle

May 26th, 2018

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