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Win tickets to Krush Groove

krushgrooveThe Krush Groove hi-hip showcase rolls into town Friday. The fifth annual event, started by Los Angeles radio station 93.5 KDAY, is heaven for fans of the old-school, with some of heaviest hitters of the ’90s, including Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Redman AND Method Man, DJ Quik and Too $hort, plus Daz and WC, Tha Eastsidaz, Jayo Felony and 2 II None.

Bone Thugs in particular, are no strangers to Fresno. The group was part of the similarly themed West Coast Fest last summer and lobbied to have that tour kick-off in Fresno. So, fans should be out in force.

We have tickets for a lucky Beehiver.
Enter to win by leaving a comment on this post. Tell us which Krush Groove artist ranks best, or tell us who should have been on the bill. Deadline to enter is 8 p.m. Thursday. Please enter only once. Winners will be chosen at random and notified via email (so check yours Friday morning if you entered).

Full contest rules on the jump.

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TONIGHT: Fauxchella w/ ZZ Ward

zzwardThere are moments when it’s hard for ZZ Ward to fathom her own success — like say, the three days this summer she’ll be opening for guitar god Eric Clapton, or playing Red Rocks Amphitheater with Amos Lee this August. Or, this weekend’s slot at the Coachella Festival.

“There are days when everything feels like such a big deal,” says Ward, the 27-year old blues R&B hip-hop singer, who has worked with guys like Asher Roth, Kendrick Lamar and Pete Rock. Her debut “Til the Casket Drops,” was released in 2012 on Hollywood Records. Her free “Eleven Roses,” mix-tape feature interpretations tracks by Lamar along with Childish Gambino and Tyler, the Creator.

Most days though, there’s just not time for that kind of thinking, Ward says.
“I still feel like I’m trying to do it,” she says. “I’m always too busy trying to do a good job with things.”

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Win tickets to Let’s Go Bowling/40 Watt Hype

lgbThere are few local bands that have the enduring appeal of ska-rockers Let’s Go Bowling.

The live hip-hop/jazz/soul group 40 Watt Hype would be one.

Put the two bands on the same bill and you’re assured to get A.) a packed house B.) a great night of live, local music.

The bands play back to back 9 p.m. Friday at Fulton 55 and we have tickets to give away to a few lucky Beehivers. To enter, just leave a comment on this post. Tell us which band (LGB or 40 Watt) you’re more excited to see and why. The contest will run until 5 p.m. Thursday. Winners will be chosen at random and notified via email (so check yours if you enter).

Rules and videos on the jump.

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Fresno’s hip-hop hero Fashawn releases new track

Ladies - Cover Art - LargeFor fans of Fresno rapper Fashawn: A Valentine’s gift; a new single to tide you over until the release of his sophomore album “The Ecology.”

The Hecktik produced track was released today. It’s Fashawn’s ode to women.

“Being raised without a father and experiencing the difficulties of poverty as a young man helped shape Fashawn into the father he is today and the respect he has for woman who sacrifice in order to keep families together.”

On a cool little side note: The artwork for the single was created by Stromberg, an “abstract stencil expressionist” who recently made news for creating a fake Bansky.

You can listen to “Ladies” on the jump. NSFW.

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Concert announcement: Krush Groove featuring Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and more

krushgrooveThe Krush Groove showcase takes its name from the iconic 1985 movie about the early days of hip-hop. The fifth annual event, started by Los Angeles radio station 93.5 KDAY, announced an April 18 date at the Save Mart Center.

This will be a celebration of old-school rap and hip-hop, with some of heaviest hitters of the ’90s, including Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Redman and Method Man, DJ Quik, Too $hort, Daz and WC, Tha Eastsidaz, Jayo Felony and 2 II None.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony‘s combination of rapid-fire rhymes and smooth harmonies earned the group a Grammy and helped them sell more than 50 million records. The Cleveland, Ohio five-piece are no strangers to Fresno. The group was part of the similarly themed West Coast Fest last summer and lobbied to have the tour kick-off in Fresno.

Tickets for Krush Groove are $29.50-$69.50 and on sale 10 a.m. Friday. They will be available online at the Save Mart Center box office, select Save Mart Supermarkets, on line at www.ticketmaster.com and www.livenation.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.

Videos on the jump.

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You review: Jay Z, Joe Bonamassa, Florida Georgia Line

Fresno got a good run of big-name concerts this week, including blues man Joe Bonamassa and mega-pop star Jay Z on Tuesday (playing the Warnors Theatre and Save Mart Center respectively) and up-and-coming country act Florida Georgia Line last night (another Save Mart Center show).

We followed the Jay Z show on Twitter and Instagram. The arena looked full and at least one fan marked it as “the best night in Fresno. Ever.”

Danny Salas of Q97 had this Tweet, though he later followed up and said the place got packed.

So, were you there? What did you think? Did Jay Z deliver the goods? How was this show compared to his 2009 performance?

What about Joe Bonamassa and Florida Georgia Line? The latter has been getting a ton of hype lately. Were they able to draw a crowd worthy of the talk? How was the Warnor’s Theatre as a setting for a show like Bonamassa’s?

Concert Announcements: Talib Kweli, English Beat

talibLast week we brought you news that Ice Cube (and Cypress Hill, Tyga and others) would be coming to the Selland Arena on Dec. 28, in a show that is sure to please both hip-hop fans and certain city council members. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday.

Here are two more shows to keep an eye on:

    • Talib Kweli, Dec. 6, at Cellar Door, Visalia.
      Brooklyn-born Talib Kweli is one of the most critically successful (if not famous) rappers of the late ‘90s. Known for his work with Mos Def and the group Black Star, Kweli has collaborated with Kanye West, Common, The Roots, Q-Tip and Kendrick Lamar. For the show, he’ll be joined by local rapper Planet Asia and Omar Aura. Tickets are $23 (with fees) and on sale now.
  • The English Beat, Jan. 24, at Fulton 55.
    Along with the Specials, The English Beat created a British ska revival in the late 1970s that spawned entire generations of ska/punk/reggae bands. Included in that roster is Fresno’s own Let’s Go Bowling, which will be opening the show. Tickets are $20 and on sale now. They will go quickly.
  • Check out a video of English Beat’s “Mirror in the Bathroom,’ on the jump.

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    CONCERT NEWS: Ice Cube & Cypress Hill at Selland Arena

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    Here’s a concert for hip-hop fans to end 2013 with: Fresno Winter Jam at Selland Arena on Saturday, Dec. 28.

    Performers include Ice Cube, Cypress Hill, Tyga, Sage the Gemini, and Ty Dolla $ign.

    Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 15, and cost $27, $37, $51, $76, $112. They are available at the convention center main box office at Selland Arena, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and weekends on show dates, or through the Ticketmaster website, by phone (800) 745-3000 and all Ticketmaster outlets, including select Vallarta and Save Mart Supermarkets.

    Tonight: Fashawn’s birthday bash

    FashFlyerAs a genre, hip-hip thrives on sense of place. Artists aren’t just from a city, they become the city. Think: Jay Z and New York, Run DMC and Hollis, Queens or NWA and Compton.

    Fresno has Fashawn.

    “If I’m in Lithuania, I’ve probably got a Fresno jersey on,” says Fashawn, who was featured on the cover of XXL Magazine as one of it’s Freshman class back in 2010. “I’ve got one foot in the music industry and one foot on Shield’s Avenue.”

    Tonight, he’ll have both feet in Visalia. He plays the Cellar Door for a birthday bash (he just turned 25) that includes some friends — Los Angeles rapper Evidence, Fresno’a Omar Aura and others.

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    Concert news: Mobb Deep, Meat Puppets + more

    probablWhile the newly re-minted Strummer’s (formerly the Starline) has been on an impressive run of shows lately, it’s hardly the only venue bringing in quality acts.

    This weekend Audie’s Olympic had indie-standout Kurt Vile (with Strange Vine to boot).

    Fulton 55 just announced underground hip-hop duo Mobb Deep will be in town Sept. 4 on its 20th anniversary tour. For the hardcore hip-hop fans, this is a biggie.

    Visalia’s Sound n Vision foundation has a string of good shows, including the return of indie-upstarts Pure Bathing Culture (who played the Cellar Door in March) and grunge-influencers The Meat Puppets, who play Nov. 10, with the World Takes (with Bonebrake of the band X). Strange Vine opens.

    The Foundation also has its annual Festival of Hope coming up Sept. 28-29. The festival always has a musical lineup. This year it includes Big Black Delta, Caught a Ghost and Song Preservation Society, plus locals Poor Mans Poison, Gospel Whiskey Runners and Mezcal.

    The Artourage has announced Kyle Gass (1/2 of Tenacious D) will return to Fresno Sept. 6, playing the Babylon Club. This will a CD release show for the band. The promoter also announced rock band Fuel will play the next night (Sept. 7) at Bullfogs Bar and Grill in Kingsburg.

    With all this great music coming through (then adding in the local stuff), the question becomes whether the fans come out to support. Videos of Vile, Mobb Deep, Pure Bathing Culture, Meat Puppets, Gass and Fuel on the jump.

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    Watch this: Sahab rips out his own heart.

    Electronic indie hip-hop act Sahab is in full-on promo mode for his new album elevenfiftynine. The album will be available on Aug. 27 and as lead up, the performer is doing everything from an Instagram project/contest, to a series of videos produced in conjunction with Windsong Productions.

    I’m not 100 percent how the videos tie back to the album, but if you have five minutes or so, they’re worth the time. Maybe you can help explain them to me. The fourth (of five) episode of the series will be available at 11:59 on Tuesday, over at iamsahab.com.

    Watch episode two on the jump. It’s a doozy. Dude rips out his own heart. The rest can be seen here.

    Bandgeek! Beards, Llama Boy and a Mercy Fist

    942345_10151553167417736_700213046_n (1)It’s like a heatwave, to borrow from Martha and the Vandellas. Though it’s not burning in my heart, I suppose.

    And it’s not like a heatwave, it is an actual heatwave … Well … Don’t let that stop you from getting out and seeing some live music, because the weekend is deep with options, which I give you now in another installment of BANDGEEEK!

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    Artist you should know: Cockcamamie Jamie (full interview)

    AP56Cockamamie seems like a fitting word to describe Jamie Nelson — or at least his hip-hop alter ego.

    He was after all, 1/2 of the local rapper group Argyle Pimps, which was known for being off-beat and nonsensical in its approach to the genre. He continues working the theme in a new solo project, Cockamamie Jamie, which plays 7 p.m. Saturday at Fulton 55, 875 Divisadero Street. The show is a fundraiser for the Catacomb Party music festival, being held July 20 on Fresno’s Fulton Mall. Its also Cockamamie Jamie’s live debut.

    We emailed Nelson to find out more.

    He replied with appropriately oddball answers.

    Tell us about Cockamamie Jamie. Who is this guy and what’s he all about?

    Cockamamie Jamie is lifelong resident of Fresno, who has written and recorded rap music for the better part of 18 years. He writes quirky songs, records them to beats and performs his music to throngs of gawkers, and onlookers in the Central Valley, and beyond. He’s a runner, who runs about 200 miles a month in the Old Fig Garden area, and has specifically requested that people stop throwing both: items, and insults at him while he is running.
    They both hurt.
    He’s got a new album out called “Survivor Series,” and he wants you to know that it is available digitally on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon. Or, you can score a limited edition (1,000 made) compact disc via Bandcamp. If all of this terrifies you, just Google search: Cockamamie Jamie, and watch stuff happen.

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    Bandgeek!: Nick Fest, a rent show and 77 Jefferson

    969363_10151216315599364_2126256360_nThis Memorial Day weekend, I’ll be in Reno competing in the National Bowling Tournament. But the world doesn’t revolve around me and local venues, band and promoters are continuing on with their plans, which I present to you now as another installment of BANDGEEEEEEK!!

    TONIGHT (Thursday):

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    BANDGEEK!: Face to Face with Man or-Astroman?, Yngwie Malmsteen and a Blind Bison

    01-elgOther than getting sufficiently lubricated at the Fresno Craft Beer Festival (even if it is at a winery in Madera), what’s a music-loving boy (or girl) to do this weekend? Quite a bit turns out. Let’s break it down with this week’s BANDGEEEEEEEK!!

    TONIGHT (Thursday):

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    Announced: Fresno Urban Sound Experience 2013

    581529_10151088814821144_214532054_nFresno Urban Sound Experience (known by some as F.U.S.E.) has announced the dates for the 2013 festival. So, circle Sept. 20 and 21 on the calendar for this locals-only music event. The festival will once again be held in downtown Fresno venues (including Fresno Brewing Company, Frank’s Place, Tokyo Garden and more) and will feature an insane number of local, original bands.

    This will be the festival’s sixth year.
    Because the lineup is still in the works: Who do you think deserves to be in this year’s lineup?

    BANDGEEK!: F’it Fest II, May 4 and Three Rivers

    935197_10200471258417268_182090871_nIt’s Star Wars weekend. So: May the fourth be with you, and all that.

    If you’re not out pub-crawling, there is a ton of stuff for all you local music fans. Here it is, your weekly BANDGEEEEEEEEK!

    TONIGHT (THURSDAY):

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    Bandgeek!: Blues, metal and 420 hip-hop

    6547_552742894760570_857423017_nFirst off: Make time to get out to the Fresno Ideaworks Mini Makers Faire on Sunday. It’s one of those ahead-of-the-curve things that you may not understand now, but give it a few years. Everyone will be talking about it. That’s my take anyway.

    You may also want to block out some time for all the great music events. So, let’s get to it. Once again, let us BANDGEEEEEEEEK!

    TONIGHT (Thursday):

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    Bandgeek!: Night Riots, Light Thieves and a Ghostface Killah

    625510_554820591229481_1784733863_n After waxing nostalgic with some 3-D ninja fights at a showing of “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” there’s a crap load of musical offerings this weekend, from the wild (Royal Canoe and Sssssssnake) to the weird (Foxtails Brigade). So let’s jump right in. It’s time to BANDGEEEEEEEK!!!!

    TONIGHT: (Thursday)

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    Announced: “Light it Up Tour” with Wiz Khalifa and Miguel

    e5afa219f35fe106130873cd6b8e4177UPDATE: If you’re eagerly waiting to get tickets, there will be a student pre-sale 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. tomorrow. The tickets are available to students only (with valid ID) and only at the Save Mart Box Office. There’s an 8-ticket limit. Good only while supplies last.

    Original post: Here’s one that should end any question about hip-hop shows returning to the Save Mart Center after the incident at a Rick Ross show last year.

    Q97 announced the “Light It Up Tour,” will be in Fresno May 3. The  tour features the return of young hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa, along with R&B neo-soul artist Miguel and a whole bunch of others (Jonn Hart, Baby BashDJ Pauly D and more). Tickets are $28-$78 and go on sale Friday.

    Khalifa last played Fresno headlining a show with Common and Aesop Rock in 2011.

    Bandgeek!: Beer, Blasters and some Creative Adults

    creativeadultflierIf dealing with the sequester news and possible drone attacks and the death of dictators seems like too much to handle right now, relax. It’s the weekend. There’s more than enough music stuffs to take your mind off it all. Let’s get at it. Let’s BANDGEEEEEEEEK!!

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    Do people actually like Rick Ross?

    It’s a few days before Rick Ross announces he’s coming to Fresno’s Save Mart Center. I’m talking to my buddy Sam. Some synth-heavy indie rock song is booming overhead, but for some reason I’m thinking about Rick Ross. Raaaawssssss! (Sorry, can’t resist).

    I ask, totally serious, “Does anybody actually like Rick Ross?” What I mean specifically is this: Are there diehard Rick Ross fans? People who wear Rick Ross T-shirts or put things like “Rick Ross is my favorite rapper” in their Twitter profile. Do these people exist? Because I don’t know them.

    I know people who say they like Rick Ross because he’s on the radio a lot. Because he’s on the top rappers in the game — whatever that means in 2012. Or because he does songs with Drake. Or because he raps about money and fancy cars and yachts.

    Fast forward to right now. Tonight, Ross and his goon squad clique bring their Maybach Music Group Tour to town. This includes star-in-the-making Meek Mill, perpetual bridesmaid Wale and Machine Gun Kelly, a white dude that Puffy signed who notably went nuts in a Microsoft store. There was a Groupon for tickets last week, so it’s not exactly Bieber Fever up in here. Tickets cost $46.75-$66.75. Does Fresno like Rick Ross that much? Does anybody? Yeah, we’re back to that again.

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    Concert News: George Strait and Rick Ross on the way, Tiesto postponed

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    UPDATE: The Rick Ross concert was officially announced today. Tickets are on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. with tickets costing $39.75, $49.75 & $69.75.

    ORIGINAL POST, 9/27: Country legend George Strait and hot-rapper-of-the-moment Rick Ross are Fresno-bound, according to new tour announcements from each artist.

    Strait announced 2013 tour plans at a Wednesday news conference at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. Strait said the tour, titled “A Cowboy Rides Away,” would be his last. Strait will perform Feb. 1 at Save Mart Center. The tour includes Martina McBride. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 12. They’ll cost $72.50 and $92.50.

    Meanwhile, rapper Rick Ross announced his Maybach Music Group tour would stop at Save Mart Center, too. Tour dates tweeted by the rapper include a Nov. 29 show in Fresno. That tour includes Ross labelmates Meek Mill, Wale and Machine Gun Kelly. Save Mart Center has not confirmed the Ross date, nor have ticket details been announced. Watch for those in future updates.

    Also: Superstar DJ Tiësto has postponed his October concerts because of a back injury. His Fresno show, originally Oct. 17, has been rescheduled for March 6. Tickets from Oct. 17 will be honored at new date. But refunds are also available.

    In honor of National Cheeseburger Day

    Every food seems to have its own day of celebration — because how else would you know when to eat them, right? — so accordingly, today is National Cheeseburger Day. While there are many worthwhile cheeseburgers in Fresno and the Valley, by far our greatest contribution to the cheeseburger culture is this classic video from nationally-renowned local rapper PtheG, “Cheeseburger.”

    So let’s sing, “We gettin’ cheeseburgers” today while we trek to our favorite cheeseburger slinger. If you need some recommendations, revisit this “Best Burger in Fresno” post from 2008. Or add new faves in the comments.