Exit Lines: “Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven”

“Daddy, what show are you going to see tonight?,” the kids asked. “Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven,” I replied. They laughed. “What’s it about?” “I’m not sure,” I said. “But it’s from the playwright who wrote The Motherfucker With the Hat.” More laughter. Thanks for the profane merriment*, Stephen Adly Guirgis–and for penning another remarkable play, the equal to Our Lady of 121st Street, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, and, yes, The Motherfucker With the Hat. It’s been five years since his Pu...
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From Cuban jazz to West African dance, LA’s musical tapestry shines at annual Christmas celebration

LOS ANGELES – The 60th annual Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion provided a soundtrack of sorts to usher in Christmas in the Southland. And its lineup was as diverse as LA itself. Billed by organizers as Los Angeles County’s largest multicultural holiday celebration, the musical lineup included legendary Cuban jazz trumpet player Arturo Sandoval and his band performing a medley of holiday songs. Related Articles First night ...
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Suhr Guitar Talk :: Shoutout to Customer Service

Author: Cactus Jack Subject: Shoutout to Customer Service Posted: Tue Dec 24, 2019 9:08 am (GMT -7) Topic Replies: 0 I'm so impressed with Suhr customer service that I created an account to say Thank You. All of my interactions with Customer Service have been excellent. Most recently I had the opportunity to work with Ricardo Diaz. Ricardo answered all of my stupid questions, responded immediately, provided diagrams, and did it all with a great attitude and a customer first mentality. Thank y...
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Tech Talk :: What are your favorite HSH switching options?

Author: Cactus Jack Subject: What are your favorite HSH switching options? Posted: Tue Dec 24, 2019 4:51 pm (GMT -7) Topic Replies: 0 I have a Thornbucker neck, V60 middle, and Thornbucker + going into a one off custom T style guitar. The guitar will have a 5 way Super Switch, 1 volume, and 1 Tone. Having never owned an HSH guitar I'd like to know what your favorite switching combinations are. My current thought is to add a push pull to achieve the following tones: - Neck Full (Neck Outer Co...
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Q&A Interview With Strange Music’s Newest Signee Jehry Robinson

This past weekend, Kansas City powerhouse Strange Music announced their newest edition to the label’s roster with New York emcee/producer Jehry Robinson. As a long-time fan of Strange, I reached out to Jehry to learn more about him. What was the earliest hip hop memory that you can recall? JEHRY: Listening to The Slim Shady LP in my friend’s older brother’s car, feeling like this is what I want to do. Who’re some of your biggest influences that inspired you to make music? JEHRY: My biggest musi...
Tags: New York, US, Jazz, Bob Marley, Kansas City, Long Island NY, Q&A Interviews, Strange Music, Jehry Robinson, Kansas City powerhouse Strange Music, Wyclef Jean Eminem Tech, Tara Ennis, Justina Valentine We, Travis O'Guin

A Fan’s Notes: The Night Before Christmas

For many years, I’ve been posting this story on Christmas Eve. People seem to enjoy it so I thought I’d post it again this year. May the peace of the season be yours this year, throughout 2020, and beyond. Here’s a lovely story from Louis Armstrong: A wonderful Christmas tradition ended when David Letterman retired in 2014. Fortunately, The View has renewed the tradition. So without further adieu, here is Darlene Love, with Jason Derulo, singing her Christmas classic.  
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Popular Songs , Social Justice, and the Will to Change with Brad Schreiber

Author Brad Schreiber joins S.T. Patrick to discuss his new book Music is Power: Popular Songs, Social Justice, and the Will to Change. For two hours, Schreiber and Patrick discuss the impact of protest music (or more aptly, socially conscious music) on the culture and on their lives (while playing many of the songs discussed). Some of the topics discussed are the qualities that make up a socially conscious song, if American and British popular music working bottom-up made socially consc...
Tags: Art, Music, Bruce Springsteen, Vietnam, Marvin Gaye, Patrick, Schreiber, Dixie Chicks, Brad Schreiber, Sj1, 12.24.19, Popular Songs Social Justice, S T Patrick

How Big Data Has (Is) Transforming The Music Industry

Analysts claim it’s not only possible to see who’s blowing up now, but more importantly, who’s going to be blowing up next. Chartmetric says it can shortlist which of the 1.7 million artists it tracks will have a big career break within the next week. Pandora-owned Next Big Sound reports its patented algorithm can predict which of the nearly 1 million artists it tracks are most likely to hit the Billboard 200 chart for the first time within the next year. – Wired
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Malc – “For Motivational Use Only” EP

New Jersey based rapper Malc drops his new project, “For Motivational Use Only“.  It’s a 7-track EP featuring Soulful, and Karma.
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Video: Los Lobos, ‘Feliz Navidad’

Can’t think of a better way to spike our holiday music punch than sharing this: Los Lobos’ cover of “Feliz Navidad.” The tune appears on the Los Angeles legends’ new Christmas album, “Llegó Navidad,” released this fall. The band — David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano, Steve Berlin, Enrique “Bugs” Gonzalez and Marcos Reyes — also did four of the songs live for an NPR Tiny Desk Concert. They’ve also released a video for their original holiday tune, “Christmas and You.” Cheers. ||...
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Bitwig Studio just added a free vocoder, because Xmas

Blah blah, more holiday greetings, oh and — yay, some software asking for an update. But lo, a miracle – this one is just there to give you a free vocoder. Yes, I have to admit at first I was annoyed by a YouTube video that was just telling me “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.” (Feiertage is the somewhat neutral German term if you want the holiday, right? Not to start a War on Christmas or anything.) And I also swatted at the update notification when I launched Bitwig Studio, swapping as...
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Barbara Rosene puts her heart into her songs. She continues to be a great singer — not only because of her gorgeous resonant supple voice, but because she knows what the lyrics mean, phrases them so that we feel them too.  … Continue reading →
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May your days (and nights) be merry

We’d like to take a moment to wish all Buzz Bands LA readers the happiest of holidays. Your continued support of this site has helped us enjoy our best year ever. In other news, We’ll be spending the next couple of days taking a breather, so see our weekly post for a smattering of show options. The post May your days (and nights) be merry appeared first on
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Brother Ali Announces “Secrets & Escapes Tour” Dates

Brother Ali announces his “Secrets & Escapes Tour” which launches in February 2020, making 30+ stops across the U.S. with support from Open Mike Eagle and DJ Last Word. The tour is inspired by the title of Brother Ali’s new album, Secrets & Escapes, which was dropped as a surprise to fans last month, and was produced entirely by label mate Evidence. General admission tickets are on sale now, and a limited number of VIP tickets are available for each date. Tickets and more info for Brother Ali’s...
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Eto & BodyBagBen – “Integrity” (Album)

“Integrity”, the new hard hitting collaboration project between Eto and BodyBagBen on Copenhagen Crates and Respect Due Records featuring Rome Streetz, Al Divino and Daniel Son. Integrity by Eto & BodyBagBen
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Rock (Heltah Skeltah) – “GW BaG” | MIC SESSION

Rock of the legendary Heltah Skeltah crew stops by and laces an exclusive Mic Session performing “GW BaG” off his first ever solo studio album “Rockness A.P. (After Price)“.
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Nick Visco’s Hip-Hop Shop, Giving Fans Reviews And Exclusive Interviews

Nick Visco’s Hip Hop Shop is a place where all talent is welcome in showcasing their underground music that wouldn’t normally get a look from the mainstream world. He is present on all social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, & Twitch. On the show, his viewers submit original music to him in order to be featured on my show, keeping a fan first hands on approach.  When music is picked up, both Nick and the live audience rate the songs on a scale from 1-5. Really bad records get “Th...
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Justin Bieber Announces 2020 Tour, New Single “Yummy” Out 1/3

It's been four years since Justin Bieber's last album, Purpose, though the former teen pop star has never been far from the charts or the tabloids. Yesterday, Bieber announced the start of his comeback with a rollout schedule that included today's date (12/24) as well as New Year's Eve … More »
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Justin Bieber announces first new album in five years

In video announcing the news, 25-year-old is seen walking across a desert-like landscapeJustin Bieber has announced his first new album in five years – and teased a new song called Yummy.The 25-year-old pop star unveiled the news to his 123 million Instagram followers on Christmas Eve. He shared the hashtag #Bieber2020, which could indicate the name of the album, his fifth, although the star did not confirm this. Continue reading...
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Three Five – “Break The Cycle” (Prod. By DJ Smuv)

Inspired by the death of his parents in 2018 who died only two months apart ,”Break The Cycle” is the new deep thinking single by Washington D.C. based rapper Three Five.
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Dave Stewart – “Do It (Houston Remix)”

“Do It (Houston Remix)”, new single by Dave Stewart with his own southern twist.
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2019 Was a Triumph for Pop Music, Fight Me

Celebrating the female artists that made 2019 a year to remember.
Tags: Music, Lana Del Rey, College, Ariana Grande, College Life

The Forgotten History Of Nationalism, Oppression, And Murder Behind A Now-Classic Christmas Carol

How a traditional New Year’s melody that dated back to the pre-Christian era (when the new year was celebrated in March), and which was introduced by a Ukrainian choir touring the U.S. while Lenin’s Red Terror was raging at home, became “The Carol of the Bells.” – Slate
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Ariana Grande Wraps Up Tour With A Live Album

Ariana Grande wrapped up her wildly successful 2019 Sweetener World Tour with a live album “K Bye for Now” (Republic).  Her nine month run ended in December with a final show at LA’s Forum. It was a big production show with 40 trucks and a 70 person crew. Ariana has been non-stop for nearly two years having released two albums back to back that scored top 10 hits as well as Grammy nods. After years of hard work, then comes exhaustion and reflection which is why she probably broke down in tears...
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Sin Perfect – “The Child” (Video)

Hardcore, Dark Trap, Hip Hop artist Sin Perfect was born in Milwaukee and currently resides in Houston.  Even though Halloween was a few months ago, there is always time in the Holidays to promote some dope horrorcore from down south. Watch the official video for Sin’s single, “The Child“.
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Explaining Christmas To Lawyers

A classic Christmas carol in statutory form.
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Dig this crazy Christmas Eve scene! That side was recorded in 1954 or 1955; Teddy Brannon played organ.  I saw this disc in a remarkably odd store — vases, postcards, jewelry, books, and other objects — a few years ago … Continue reading →
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Trent Reznor Didn’t Like Scoring Bird Box, No Longer Scoring The Woman In The Window

Over this last decade, Trent Reznor has made some pretty impressive film (and TV) scores alongside his creative partner Atticus Ross, but not all of them can be winners. In a new interview with Revolver, Reznor talked about his experience scoring the Netflix thriller Bird Box, and he wasn't … More »
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Kanye West, EMI Back In Court After Failing To Finalize Settlement

The legal dispute between Kanye West and EMI may again become live thanks to a failure to finalize the terms of a settlement agreement. On Monday, the music publisher asked a federal judge in New York to reopen a case. West began the year by seeking his contractual freedom by turning to California's statute limiting … More »
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