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“Sail” (Remix)

The problem most adults have with dubstep—take away the fact that it sounds like a pair of drunken Transformers copulating—is that it’s too computerized to be considered music. It needed a voice; it also needed actual instruments, but that’s a different argument. Well, this is close enough for now.  Aaron Bruno, lead singer of the L.A. electronic rock outfit Awolnation, can be that voice. Since Awol scored a decent-sized hit last year with their single “Sail,” lather on some entertainer-approved dubstep, call it a “remix” and viola! Familiar and fresh. 

Cowboys and Cigars

The-Burning-of-RomeThe Burning of Rome

“Cowboys and Cigars”

Here’s a term you don’t hear too often:  post-modern psychedelics.  And, we hope, that is the best way to describe The Burning of Rome and our intro to them, ”Cowboys and Cigars.” Around since 2008, the San Diego band incorporates elements of garage and surf music with homages to show tunes and shock-rock.  The Burning of Rome is part Captain Beefheart, part ABBA, all mass confusion.  But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  Like its creators, “Cowboys and Cigars” is a take-it-or-leave -it track.  We took it, hopefully so will the DJs.


frenchFrench Montana


Like so many new rappers who’ve been led down the primrose path of hype, French Montana wants to be known as the next big thing.  The man, himself, is different—name another Moroccan rapper—but his style and story is habitual hip hop. Mix tape hustler makes good, signs to Bad Boy, readies major label album. Check, check and check. But with “Freaks,” the second track off his debut Excuse My French, Montana once again gets overshadowed by the guest vocal (this time by Nicki Minaj), the sample (Chaka Demus and Plier’s reggae classic “Murder She Wrote”) and the commonplace ass worship theme. Like Montana’s previous released single “Pop That,” it’s all booty and bass filler.  But hey, the girls will like it.

A star is born?

 EDAnishkaA Tootsie’s Cabaret waitress proves to be much more when she gives DJ Platypus her song, “The Drug”

When you work at a club the size of Tootsie’s Cabaret (90,000 total square feet), you meet a lot of people, especially staff. I was approached by one of our waitresses earlier this month and had this exchange: Waitress: “Hey, I really like the music you play. I am an aspiring artist and I think my song fits into your style.”

there's no party like a PANDA PARTY!

opening-night2Adult club DJs set to throw pre-EXPO party at the new Sapphire pool

The Opening Night Party was my favorite experience at last year’s EXPO. There were droves of industry people having a blast, but as it was my first EXPO experience ever, I was really looking for all the DJs that were in attendance because there were a few faces I really wanted to put with names. Wouldn’t you know it, every time I ran into a feature there were at least two DJs having a conversation and telling stories while rounding up shots and taking in the moment.

No money, No love!

heaven-and-earth-copyThe best of classic rock returns with Heaven & earth's “no money, No love"

Rock and roll is dead.” For years, critics and skeptics alike have been trying to convince us all that rock music is hanging on by a thread, barely treading water in a sea of auto-tuned pop drivel and homogenized hip-hop. But it does bring up a cogent question: is there a place for rock and roll—real rock music, where songwriting and musicianship are at the forefront—in today’s fast-food world of disposable divas and instant downloads?
The answer, unequivocally, is yes. You just might have to look a little harder to find it.

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