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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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#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… (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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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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