Having a rough week? Maybe even a rough month? PJ’s recent release This Is What It Looks Like is what you need to power through. Soulful vocals coupled with visuals reminiscent of Carrie Mae Weems’s Kitchen Table Series serve as a powerful reminder that though we all must face obstacles in life, we still find a way to persevere. Even more so, we’re stronger, kinder, and wiser because of it. A gentle prompt that we are the masters of our future, even when it seems we have lost control.
What is up Flagrant City Fam? Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Charlotte but you can call me Lotti aka the Mad Princess. I come to you all from the East Coast, starting in New York and making my way through the South until I finally ventured out to California. My mother’s love of traveling when I was younger has stuck with me, and is probably the reason why I moved to LA. There’s so much to do in this city! In addition to a variety of experiences, LA also hosts an assortment of flavors and ideas making their way into the world every day. But a lot of happening scenes can get lost in the flood of social media. So it’s my hope that I can bring you all some great events where you can experience amazing art and better company. I hope you’ll join me as I assist Lowe down the path less traveled, and when you’re not listening to our fire tunes be sure to check out my blog!
Originally released on February 12th, 2016 BLACKdiamonds, a new album by Brandon Cordoba, is a collection of instrumental beats, inspired by R&B, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Soul. Since Brandon does not feature any accompanying vocals, in the form of singers or rappers, the album takes the listener on a journey with each song, using only the music itself. BLACKdiamonds draws heavily from the retro sounds of the 70’s and 80’s, heavily using the sounds of vintage synthesizers, while blending with the influences of the Hip-Hop & R&B of the 90’s through today. This album is for those who want to sing and rap to, dance, listen while on the road, or even just vibe to with friends or alone.
Brandon Cordoba is a Los Angeles based pianist and producer. Starting in his early teens, he has diligently developed and honed his craft. An alumn of the USC Thornton School of Music, he is continuously pursuing new and exciting musical territory. He is influenced by several genres, including Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, Gospel, Classical, and more. He has had the pleasure of performing with and producing for several bands and artists in the greater Los Angeles and beyond. Look forward to hearing numerous solo projects from Brandon, as well as collaborations in the near feature.
The album can be streamed and purchased on BANDCAMP, and is available on all major online music retailers, including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and more.
I have had the devout pleasure of meeting this beautiful young lady last summer in LA, as I took trips from NorCal to SoCal on weekends where I wasn’t working. Aneesa Al-Musawwir, born in Oakland, CA currently studies at the University of Southern California, and is an intense bassist, vocalist and ambitious soul.
As she embarks on the next chapter in her life, she introduces herself to the world. A Shift In Paradigm will be her first solo, studio album, which will be available for purchase in June of 2014.
For more from Aneesa, please be sure to follow her on Instagram and Twitter at: @AneesaStrings or her website: aneesastrings.com
I had the distinct pleasure of being at the premiere screening for this video on Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 at the Vincent Price Art Museum, due to my good friend, Jackee, having a good friend, Catherine Carter, who got us in VIP.
Presented by Mucho More, this night was definitely an evening to remember, as the museum was filled with photos of the band, a merchandise table with countless Las Cafeteras gear, and a photo booth for capturing memories using props related to the band.
Las Cafeteras is a “hard-to-describe” Chicano band, with the spirit of collectiveness, positivity and a message of social awareness.
So I’m new to this, sue me (late pass). Just moved to LA 2 weeks ago, and my boys Deuce Ellis, DJ Tiger and Te’Amir (drummer for Aloe Blacc) checked out this event the weekend we touched down. I didn’t go, as I was getting settled and acclimated in my new city, so I took a raincheck. Unfortunately, I missed an awesome day of fun, rage, good music and great people.
So, to cure all things Do-Over, I will be attending this coming Sunday, with friends or by my DoLowe, whichever comes first. This runs through the end of the summer and there are also shows in NYC and other cities throughout the US.
Its FREE to play, and there are drink specials from 2 to 4p to get you warmed up.