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Hidden Gem: JAMS *teenage Chicago MC

August 1st, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Mixtape Monday |

JAMS is a 17 year old MC from the suburbs of Chicago. Recently he dropped his 2nd mixtape, The Sky Is My Canvas (DOWNLOAD). JAMS shows his versatility with a wide variety of tracks on this tape.

With his 3rd tape already in the works and tours in the near future, JAMS isn’t just another kid to sleep on. With a surprisingly authentic and mature hip hop state of mind and an ambitious work ethic, JAMS is far from just another kid.

Here’s my three favorites from JAMS latest mixtape, The Sky Is My Canvas (DOWNLOAD).
JAMS – Flyer Than Ya Average
JAMS – Come With Me ft Bradley Bacci
JAMS – General
If your liking JAMS music, follow him on facebook and twitter.

Previous: JAMS – Puppy Chow

The Magic Beans – The Magic Beans (Free Album)

July 28th, 2011 by | Chill/Jam/Reggae |

When you talk to jam band fans, most will tell you that they never listen to studio albums. You go see bands like Phish and Umphrey’s McGee for the energy and live improvisation that takes the music to a level you just can’t reach in a studio environment. However, the Magic Beans, out of Boulder, Colorado, just released an album that will have you thinking a little differently.

On the Beans’ self-titled debut, they bring you tighter, more polished versions of the songs they’ve been playing live for almost a year now. On the album only one song dips below 5 minutes while the rest around right around 10 minutes long. Now, that does not mean noodling by any means. They went into the studio with a purpose. They wanted to jam hard but without losing focus. On each track, there are solos, quick changes, dips, and massive peaks, all coming together to create a real mellow listen top-to-bottom.

Highlights for me from the album are the chilled out vibes of “Adonde?” the bluegrass flair on “Mountain Sky” and the space funk of “Gefiltefunk.” The entire album is full of mellow vibes from a band that loves what they do.

Check out the Magic Beans free album below:
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Last week, the Magic Beans killed it at the Fox Theatre in Boulder for their official album release party, and you can find all of the pictures on their Facebook.

Concert Review: Glitch Mob at Red Rocks (with Lotus, MiMOSA, and the New Deal)

July 6th, 2011 by | Dance, Dubstep, Remix |

Photo Credit: Ryan Dearth

Last Saturday’s Glitch Mob show was my first concert at the famed Red Rocks. Since I moved to Colorado last year, people have been pretty much unanimously telling me “go to Red Rocks!” or asking “you haven’t been to Red Rocks yet?! You have to go!” I had never been to a venue that I thought was really THAT amazing, but Red Rocks definitely is that. Maybe it’s the venue, with it’s enormous rock formations, maybe it’s the energy of 9,000+ jammers in the crowd, or maybe it’s something else entirely, but each band I saw on Saturday absolutely killed it. The lineup was Com Truise, the New Deal, MiMOSA, Lotus, and the Glitch Mob. On paper, this would be an epic night of electronic jams. Little did I know what would actually go down…


Hidden Gem: Euforquestra *Upbeat reggae jam band

June 26th, 2011 by | Hidden Gem |

Euforquestra, out of Ft. Collins, Colorado, is a band with a real original sound. They are a seven piece band with a serious afrobeat feel that mixes in reggae and jam band influences. These guys don’t just noodle. They trade solos and can jam out while still maintaining a super tight feel. These guys are high energy and know how to bring the party.

I got the chance to see them the other night in Boulder, CO, and they seriously brought it. A song may start off with the band grooving off a single riff, or playing one of their more mellow songs, but every time they would methodically build the song up to huge crescendos and the crowd would go wild. It’s the formula for a fun show.

In 2009, Euforquestra released a full length album, Soup, that you can download for free off their website. The album showcases the different sides of the band, with some of the songs being jam heavy, upbeat, and rowdy to more slowed down, chilled out reggae stuff. Some favorites of mine from the album are:

Euforquestra – Soup

Euforquestra – Called You

Overall, Soup is a very enjoyable listen, especially for playing outside or chilling at the beach. Follow them on Facebook and make sure to catch them live. It’s a good time.

Download: Euforquestra – Soup (Album)

Sampled Saturday *Josh Bonney, JAMS, Phil Ade, 90’s Finest, Luke Christopher

May 21st, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video, Sampled Saturday |

Below is five songs from up-and-coming artists that have used a non-hip-hop sample to form something new, fresh and different from the original they sampled.

First we start off with the latest song, “Gimme The Beat” by Josh Bonney. I didn’t expect much out of the song until I heard the first 10 seconds and I knew this was going to be a chill hip-hop song that actually samples classic rock, real cool. Follow Josh Bonney on: facebook / twitter
Josh Bonney – Gimme The Beat (Feat. Benjy Johnson)
Next we got JAMS, which is a tough artist name to find info on but I finally did. “Puppy Chow” samples “Crave You” from Flight Facilities, a song that has been sampled by Hoodie Allen, G-Eazy and many others but JAMS song sounds different with less of a remix on the original and more showing his talent for rhyming. Follow JAMS on: facebook / twitter
JAMS – Puppy Chow
The most accomplished artist in this post is DMV-area MC Phil Ade. To remind you, DMV means they are from the Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia area. In “Second Chance” Phil Ade goes over producer Mark Henry’s flip of Peter Bjorn and John‘s “Second Chance”. I love the indie rock sample and Phil Ade kills it on the rhyme. Follow Phil Ade on: facebook / twitter
Phil Ade – Second Chance
90’s Finest latest sample gets a big feature from emerging MC Hendersin. Getting Hendersin on the track improves the rhyming, the electro-pop sample turns the song into an electro/hip-hop track which has a nice upbeat sound. Follow 90’s Finest on facebook / twitter
90’s Finest – I Press Triggers Ft. Hendersin
Lastly we end with the most chill yet unusual sample in this post. Luke Christopher samples a melody used in parts of one of my favorite 2011 films, The Social Network and really makes something special. “The Social Network” just stands out as a track. Follow Luke Christopher on: facebook / twitter
Luke Christopher – The Social Network
Official music videos from Josh Bonney and Luke Christopher after the jump. (more…)

Hidden Gem: The Main Squeeze

May 19th, 2011 by | Hidden Gem, Rock |


The Main Squeeze are a local funk/jam band out of Indiana University, but they seriously have the chops to go along way. Their music has the upbeat tightness of Soulive with the fat booty shaking jams of groups like Dumpstaphunk and the Meters. You can find The Main Squeeze throwing down almost every week either at a house party or one of the local bars, and they bring it absolutely every time. They bring their signature dirty funk in every song, and they can stretch out the jams for days. Plus every member of the group can shred. Even the drummer…he can shred on the drums.
Right now, they keep very local, but these guys are starting to expand their territory with a slot at The Equifunk and Summer Camp festivals this summer, but if you get a chance to see them, do it. They turn every venue they play into an all-out dance party.
They recently dropped their first album, appropriately titled First Drops for free over the Internet. It’s a 7 song EP that shows how far they can take the funk. Check out “Ebaneezer”
Follow the Main Squeeze on Facebook and Twitter, and do yourself a favor and download First Drops from their website.

Hidden Gem: The Magic Beans

May 18th, 2011 by | Hidden Gem, Rock |

The Magic Beans are an up-and-coming Jam Band out of Boulder, CO, who are seriously beginning to separate themselves from a pretty inundated scene. Their music is self-described as “Space Funk, Slam Grass, Shredtronica, Rage Step,” which basically means their music combines bluegrass and funky jams, even sometimes in the same song. It definitely sounds like each member of the Magic Beans brings their own influences to the table and through the songwriting and improvisation, take the music to a new, previously unexplored direction.

What seriously separates the Magic Beans, at least from most other up-and-coming bands, is that they can comfortably play their own 2 set, three hour show. You see most new bands playing 45 minutes on a bill with like 5 other, likely terrible, groups. The Magic Beans knew that their audience, all being serious jammers, would be best served by taking the full-time to stretch out each song to it’s full potential before returning to the original structure. To see what I’m talking about, check out this live version of “Underwater Oasis” which stretches to just over 10 minutes. It’s really chill.

Currently, The Beans are in the studio wrapping up work on a double CD that will be out for release later this summer. You can stream some tracks on their Facebook. This weekend they will be playing at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre for their summer opening “Waterfront Music Festival” with a bunch of other Colorado jam stars. There are also some headlining gigs tba in the near future. If you’re in the area, do yourself a favor and catch a Magic Beans show.

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