How Soul Shake Down Studios is carving out their own lane in San Diego hip-hop

As I drive down a familiar street in my hometown, I can hear the bass of a heavy-hitting trap song outside my window. Whether it's from a house or a nearby car I can't tell, but the thought quickly slips my mind as I run over questions in my head. I park in a cul-de-sac … Continue reading How Soul Shake Down Studios is carving out their own lane in San Diego hip-hop

Album Review: Anderson .Paak – Oxnard

Every era has its group of entertainers that eventually achieve household name status. From Michael Jackson and Prince to Justin Timberlake and Beyonce, each generation of music is keen to producing a select number of individuals fit for center stage. Anderson .Paak is perhaps one of this decade's notable show stopping performers. A multifaceted talent … Continue reading Album Review: Anderson .Paak – Oxnard

Album Review: Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist – Fetti

Nearly two years in the making, the Curren$y and Freddie Gibbs collaborative album which fans have been waiting on could not have come at a better time. Curren$y, never one to slack on musical output - an ironic contrast to the stoner persona evoked in his music - has a discography now pushing well over … Continue reading Album Review: Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist – Fetti

Album Review: Colter Wall – Songs of the Plains

Colter Wall's music embodies the mythos of a travel-worn troubadour on a seemingly never-ending journey. His rich baritone voice cuts through the dry sound of his guitar fearlessly and forcefully, yet maintains the calmness of still water in the summertime. His sound is rooted in foundational elements of country and folk music: lonesome tales of … Continue reading Album Review: Colter Wall – Songs of the Plains

Album Review: Marissa Nadler – For My Crimes

In its most bare form, folk music is powerful enough to bring people together and shape culture through compelling storytelling and imagery. Even today, there is still a place and an audience for the singer-songwriter who leans on little more than their voice and guitar to craft their songs. Marissa Nadler finds herself in this … Continue reading Album Review: Marissa Nadler – For My Crimes