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Artist to Watch: Machine Gun Kelly

Posted by Lindsay Carolla on 12/06 at 01:31 PM

Machine Gun Kelly is a tall tattooed white kid with a bad attitude that reps Cleveland, Ohio. He’s is only 21 years old, and has already had public disputes with fellow emcees Yelawolf and Kid Cudi, called out Lebron James for being a weak athlete, and been arrested for disorderly conduct after he single handedly organized a flash mob in a suburban mall via Twitter. Machine Gun Kelly is loud, obnoxious, and he really doesn’t care about anything but music and enjoying himself - or what he calls “raging.” But, despite, or perhaps in spite, of his abrasive demeanor, this kid can rap. Not only can he flow faster than Twista, but Machine Gun Kelly can rhyme about pretty much anything. Together his talent and rebellious nature produce the perfect recipe for the next big thing.

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Artist to Watch: Childish Gambino

Posted by Lindsay Carolla on 11/10 at 03:26 PM

Childish Gambino is a truly unprecedented lyrical genius. He’s better known as Donald Glover, a 28-year-old television star and comedian, but with the release of his first hip-hop album Sick Boi in 2008, it was clear his music career was no joke.

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Album Review: Cole World: The Sideline Story, by J. Cole

Posted by Lindsay Carolla on 10/18 at 02:29 PM

Grade: B 

It seems like everything Jay-Z touches turns to gold.  And, before the year is over, J. Cole’s debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story won’t be any different. The album dropped September 27 and sold 218, 000 units in its first week. It’s comprised of 14 hard-hitting tracks, as well as an ”Intro” and an “Interlude,” that feature the rookie  discussing with friends his rise to fame thanks to Jay-Z.

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Mixtape Review: The Real is Back 2 - [Young] Jeezy

Posted by Lindsay Carolla on 09/22 at 04:19 PM

Grade: A

[Young] Jeezy has done it again with his latest mixtape, The Real is Back 2.
Last year the celebrated rapper hailing from Atlanta, Young Jeezy, decided to drop the “young” portion of his stage name to establish that he’s a veteran of the game. Though the full name still seems to stick with fans, it is clear through mixtapes like The Real is Back 2 that Jeezy’s sound has matured and he deserves to be considered one of the best.

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Album Review: Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV

Posted by Lindsay Carolla on 09/07 at 01:36 PM

Grade: A-

Lil Wayne’s ninth studio album Tha Carter IV (and it’s exclusive counterpart Tha Carter IV: Deluxe Edition that includes a few extra songs) dropped on August 29, 2011 and was met with much criticism. Too much criticism, if you ask me (some of the haters include Reuters and The Washington Post).

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Sublime with Rome and 311, Rome Ramirez is a Great Fit

Posted by Lindsay Carolla on 07/28 at 09:50 AM

The duel-performance concert at Stage AE in Pittsburgh on Tuesday July 12, 2011 began around 7:30 to a thin crowd. Many patrons began tailgating in the parking lots of PNC Park and Heinz Field near the venue early in the afternoon. But, once partiers eager for the music heard the mellow guitar riffs from within the outdoor venue, the pit and lawn filled up quickly. Stage AE was a perfect setting for the relaxed reggae-rock genre. Though it was to capacity by the time 311 made it to the stage, the feeling was intimate, and it was fairly easy to see clearly from all angles.

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Sublime opening for 311 in Pittsburgh July 12 for Unity Tour

Posted by Lindsay Carolla on 07/08 at 05:06 PM

Next Tuesday, July 12, 2011, the legendary Cali band, Sublime, will be making a stop at Stage AE in Pittsburgh. They are the openers for another fellow legendary ska-reggae band, 311.

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HotChaCha, Proof that Rock ‘n Roll Ain’t Dead

Posted by Lindsay Carolla on 06/21 at 12:47 PM

HotChaCha played at Howler’s Coyote Cafe in Pittsburgh on June 10th.  They arrived to the venue in a van that sometimes doubles as a hotel room and shook the sand out of their hair, which was left over from the previous show in New Jersey. They definitely presented themselves as the classic band enjoying draft beer on stage while pouring heart and soul into each strum of the guitar. Unfortunately, the venue wasn’t packed to capacity, but that had no effect on the band’s showmanship.

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Pittsburgh to host HotChaCha this Friday, June 10

Posted by Lindsay Carolla on 06/10 at 01:04 PM

Cleveland’s own HotChaCha band will be performing this Friday at Howler’s Coyote Cafe on Liberty Avenue in Pittsburgh at 7:00pm.

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