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Sacramento’s Sol Blume is Back April 27th — and Bringing Miguel and J.I.D. with them

Sacramento’s Sol Blume is Back April 27th — and Bringing Miguel and J.I.D. with them

Alright. Ya’ll know how much I love music, and music festivals are kinda my thing. There is nothing I love more than Festival Season. Which means that you know it gives me ALL the joy to be able to announce the line up for Sacramento’s own, home grown vibe of a ...

Olivia Monahan

January 29th, 2019

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The Master, the General, The Gatlin

The Master, the General, The Gatlin

Over two dozen live performances, twenty music videos, six albums, a diss track/diss video combo, and a partridge in a pear tree later, Greg King, aka The Gatlin had one hell of a 2018. The culmination of it all came with the last minute, final quarter surprise release of ...

Olivia Monahan

January 25th, 2019

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Lauren Ruth Ward: The Old Soul of Valhalla

Lauren Ruth Ward: The Old Soul of Valhalla

Have you ever wished you were born in a different time? A different era? When I was a kid, (I won’t lie to you, even sometimes to this day) I used to dream about being around during the 60s. The times were tumultuous of course, and as a Latina woman it wouldn’t ...

Olivia Monahan

January 23rd, 2019

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Marsha Ambrosius is coming to bear her soul

Marsha Ambrosius is coming to bear her soul

Marsha Ambrosius is the shit, and more folks need to act like they know that. Alright, maybe I started that a LITTLE too aggressively. Let me try that again… Marsha Ambrosius is the shit, more folks need to act like they know that, but I forgive you for being unaware. ...

Olivia Monahan

January 22nd, 2019

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The Gems of Treasure Island

“San Francisco, you are beautiful!” I heard this so much at the Treasure Island Music Festival this year, and each time, the crowd would collectively cringe. Why? For the first time in it’s eleven year existence, TIMF did not take place on Treasure Island. ...

Olivia Monahan

October 29th, 2018

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Rhye: 476 Shows Later, the music survives the label.

Rhye: 476 Shows Later, the music survives the label.

Coming to Sacramento tomorrow is the engimatically ambiguous singer/songwriter Rhye, and I think I am going to go and partake for a few different reasons: 1. Despite the nearly 500 shows Rhye has done in the last five years, I somehow have not managed to catch them live 2. ...

Olivia Monahan

October 19th, 2018

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If You Miss These Artists, You’re Trippin: Treasure Island MF, Saturday

If You Miss These Artists, You’re Trippin: Treasure Island MF, Saturday

I know what you’re thinking. “Liv, where the FUCK have you been? You haven’t written in a minute!” Don’t worry guys. I’m back. I just needed to take a break. My brain was fried, my body was (and is) old and weathered, and my kids were ...

Olivia Monahan

October 1st, 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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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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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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Playlists and the Modern Artist: Cash Campain

Playlists and the Modern Artist: Cash Campain

Playlists are life. At least for me. They are the thing that gets me through the day at work but they are also VITAL to finding out about new artists, new music, new vibes. I spend the day on Spotify jumping from different ones, trying to discover that GEM that sets your ...

Olivia Monahan

May 18th, 2018

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The (R)Evolution of Hip Hop — My Talk with David Banner

The (R)Evolution of Hip Hop — My Talk with David Banner

I instantly fucked with David Banner. It takes a lot to put together a song that you can bump in the club on a Saturday night. It takes even more to have that club banger secretly be a song with deep lyrical content. So when the Saturday drunkards wake up Sunday morning (or ...

Olivia Monahan

April 22nd, 2018

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Part 1 of the HIGH-lights of California’s Festival Season

Part 1 of the HIGH-lights of California’s Festival Season

That’s right! It is 4-20 and of course I am celebrating in as unsurprising a way possible. Working. Right, you weren’t expecting that shit were you? My stoner ass just sitting here at a desk, typing away whilst the rest of the world gets high on their own ...

Olivia Monahan

April 20th, 2018

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Lion Babe: If you don’t know them, you should.

Lion Babe: If you don’t know them, you should.

Fuck I love Lion Babe. I was introduced to them through a playlist a former lover made for me — yes I said LOVER because I am 35 years old and it sounds just juvenile as hell to say “my ex boyfriend”. As I was saying, my former LOVER used to make me ...

Olivia Monahan

April 6th, 2018

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