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Borgore

March 21 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Friday, March 16, 2012
 Honestly, if you saw the name Borgore typeset in one of those dripping entrails fonts, wouldn’t you expect a downtuned Death Metal corpsefest? Don’t let the name fool you; Borgore is one of the Dubstep scene’s leading lights. There’s no dance floor at a Borgore gig; there’s the front door and the pit. Get in it.  

Trademark Registers

Hip Hop’s Trademark Aaron accentuates the positive on latest stellar release

1 Comment · Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Rap MC Mark Aaron Glacken — aka Trademark Aaron — exudes quiet confidence, sharp focus and clear humility when discussing his music, life and goals.  

Young Jeezy

March 9 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Friday, March 2, 2012
Like many rappers, Young Jeezy has spent a good deal of his career collaborating with other performers, including Kanye West, Rihanna, Usher and Akon. For Jeezy's show in Cincy Friday, we can’t promise any dream-team collaborations will go down, but we can promise one hell of a party.   

Beat Assembly

Hip Hop producers and spectators come together for The Beat Lounge

2 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2011
When producer R.H. Valentino Sweeten, better known as “KontraX,” hosted the first Beat Lounge Beat Battle at Clifton Heights’ Baba Budan’s, he says he saw himself as a “people person” wanting to integrate local Hip Hop and not as a promoter. After the first Beat Lounge’s successful turnout, the bar booked the event every third Saturday for two years.  

Hip Hop (Un)Scene: I'm Burnt

Artists can use 'burn-out' phases to refuel and reflect

1 Comment · Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I didn't like my last two columns. Straight up. What started out as lessons for independent artists felt like some holier-than-thou shit. And that's not cool. At all. So I'm sidestepping for a minute to write what will be the natural third arc in this column trilogy: the burn-out.  

Hip Hop (Un)Scene: Ego Trippin'

Boasting about false accomplishments is useless for an artist and the scene

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 27, 2010
When you're fresh into a scene, it's hard to know who's telling what truths and who's leading on. The older I get and the more I fully dive into a career in music head-on, it becomes more obvious who's on their game and who's, for lack of a better term, full of shit.  

R.I.P. Alex Chilton, Hello CD Sales and No Hip Hop in Texas

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Having legendary singer/songwriter Alex Chilton die during the weekend of Austin's massive music showcase/conference South By Southwest is kind of like if Stan Lee died on the first day of Comic-Con. You'd be hard pressed to find an event where Chilton would be more understood, appreciated and instantly missed.  

Jedi Mind Tricks

March 30 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Formed back in 1996, Jedi Mind Tricks has been an ever-evolving force in underground Hip Hop. From its influential debut album to the trilogy of "Army of the Pharaohs" projects (the latest, much-anticipated 'The Unholy Terror' comes out the day of the Southgate House show), the men of JMT have set a high bar with creative, imaginative tracks and crafty, powerful lyrics that mesh modern social commentary with old-school Hip Hop's swagger.  

Hip Hop (Un)Scene: Smells Like Scene Spirit

When artists don't reach outside their safety zones, music stagnates

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Why are local scenes so split? Not to say there aren't people who venture to other scenes in the city, but the majority stays put in their comfort zone. I could make this point for most music scenes in the city, but I'll stick to Hip Hop since that's what the column's title tells me this is about.  

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