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You Can Run ft. Kid Cudi – Bryan Greenberg

January 14th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Rock |

It’s Friday and that means it’s time to relax. Relax to this song by actor/musician Bryan Greenberg (co-star of HBO’s How To Make It America with Kid Cudi) which features Kid Cudi. This is the most unusual Kid Cudi feature but it’s got a good soft rock/acoustic vibe to it. Below is the CDQ version to listen and download.

Bryan Greenberg – You Can Run ft. Kid Cudi (right click to download)

When you and your friends are arguing whose a bigger Kid Cudi fan, play this song.

Atomic Tom LIVE on NYC subway

October 17th, 2010 by | Alternative/Indie, Rock |

This is the best display of improvising in music as Atomic Tom had their instruments stolen, so with a portable sound system, each band member played their instrument through an iPhone!
When I was watching this, I was jumping in my seat at the high quality it sounded on a subway and how well it sounded using an iPhone as an instrument. Plus the song “Take Me Out” is really good and now I’m a fan of Atomic Tom.

BET Awards Cypher Performances

October 13th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

Couple solid performances on the BET Awards a couple nights ago. Check out the G.O.O.D music Cyper and some others after the jump.
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Kanye West x Pusha T x Big Sean x CyHi Da Prynce x Common
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Bones Brigante x Wiz Khalifa x Yelawolf x Raekwon

SSMF review: It was Legen- (wait for it) -DARY

September 4th, 2010 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Hip-Hop/Rap, Reviews, Rock |

 The Sunset Strip Music Festival was so dope, not “Mojo So Dope” (thanks for not playing that song Kid Cudi), but just an awesome experience. I went on the best day of the Festival which was Saturday August 28 and saw Neon Trees, Travie McCoy, Semi Precious Weapons, Common, Kid Cudi, and Smashing Pumpkins on the outdoor stages and saw a couple more bands at The Key Club and The Roxy.

This was the 2nd annual festival in which on the final day of the three-day festival, about two blocks of the Sunset Strip were blocked off to host over 60 bands performing on two outdoor stages and four of the best music clubs on Sunset with The Cat Club, The Key Club, The Roxy Theatre and Whisky A Go-Go.

Below are reviews of the artists I saw from first to last including videos some other people and I made.

Neon Trees
Heard about 15 mintues of their set but saw only five minutes as I got to hear their music waiting to get inside the Festival. From what I saw, they really give it their all as the lead singer, Tyler Glenn, looked as if he was going to pass out by the time they were finished and was playing the piano from the floor for the last couple of songs.

Below is a recording of their hit song “Animal” which was my favorite among the songs I heard from them.


Travie McCoy
Travis McCoy is the lead singer of Gym Class Heroes and has embarked on a solo career known as Travie McCoy. McCoy and his band did really well, especially the drummer Matt McGinley, who built the melody and tempo of most of McCoy’s songs. Travie McCoy played mostly music from his debut solo ablum, Lazurus, which was very pop-oriented with some hip-hop and rock. Overall an enjoyable performance by Travie McCoy especially since they played “Cupid’s Chokehold”, the 2006 hit single by Gym Class Heroes.
Enjoy parts of “Dr. Feel Good” and “Superbad” which I recorded.


Semi Precious Weapons
Two words to describe the alternative rock band Semi Precious Weapons; weird and crazy. The bassist was wearing a piece of trash for a shirt and the guitarist was climbing on the side of the stage while the lead singer was screaming a lot and wearing spandex. I only caught five minutes of them while waiting for Common to come on after that. It was a wild experience seeing Semi Precious Weapons on stage with around 25-30 fans partying it up with them during the last few songs.

Below enjoy a couple of pictures posted of them at SSMF.


Even though Common started 25-30 minutes late because of sound check problems with the DJ turntables, he still was the best. He played his full set which ended about 20 minutes later than it should have because of the late start. Common freestyled over old songs by him and other artists, new songs and overall really got the crowd jumping.

Below enjoy video I made when Common finally came out and the reception he immediately got from fans, and enjoy Common performing his classic, “I Used to Love H.E.R. “


Kid Cudi
Despite his whiny singing, Kid Cudi was awesome. He started with a new song of his upcoming album, “Revoref” which is below and played mostly new songs that will be on his album while sticking with his singles from his debut album such as “Day N’ Nite” (Crookers remix) and “Pursuit of Happiness”, which was perfect for him to end with. Some of his new songs were a bit whiny like “Trapped in My Mind” (below), while others were as awesome as I expected like “Mr. Rager” and “Revoref”.

Enjoy the epic opening song of Kid Cudi’s set, “Revoref” and two new song’s: “Ghost” and “Trapped In My Mind”.


Smashing Pumpkins
Saw only about 25-30 minutes of Smashing Pumpkins as Kid Cudi ended a little late because of the late start by Common before him. Smashing Pumpkins played a mix of new (“A Song for a Son” and old songs, including the classics “1979” and “Tonight”. Overall it was a bit too psychedelic and dreamy but they still rocked out as headliners with lead singer, Billy Corgan stopping briefly in their set to name a long list of artists that influenced Smashing Pumpkins including The Doors, Love and the Electric Prunes, Guns N’ Roses, Ratt, Motley Crue, etc.

Below enjoy my favorite Smashing Pumpkins song, “Today”.


Some bands I didn’t get to see but heard great things about was Slash who had singer Fergie and lead vocalist Myles Kennedy singing to his incredible guitar riffs, New Kingdom, The Divine, Saint Motel, Big B, Oh No Not Stereo, and White Arrows but I did et to see emo-hard rockers Dommin and jam band Zen Robbi who were both solid.

All in all, for one of my first major music festival’s, I had an incredible time and loved most of the music I heard.

Concert review: Weezer at Del Mar, Saturday 8/21

August 29th, 2010 by | Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Reviews, Rock |

The San Diego Summer Concert Series at Del Mar is about half-way done and already there have been some great performances including The B-52s, Jimmy Cliff (concert review here), Matisyahu, and Weezer.

Last Saturday they featured Weezer, which not only performed their most recent hits, but just about all of their classic hits. The image above is their album cover to Hurley, Weezer’s latest album coming out September 14. They were inspired by the character “Hurley” from the classic American TV show LOST.

Below is a two minute highlights video of Weezer’s performance at Del Mar Saturday, August 21 and videos some other people made there.

Two-minute Weezer/Del Mar highlights:

Weezer mashing up MGMT’s “Kids” and Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”
Weezer – “Island in the Sun”
If you’re in the SoCal area, I would check out ZZ Top on September 4, which concludes the 2010 Del Mar Summer Concert Series.

Weezer was so much fun as they made some funny jokes, did an awesome “Kids/Poker Face” mashup/cover in which Rivers Cuomo, lead singer of Weezer, put on a blond girl wig when Weezer performed parts of “Poker Face”. They rocked out playing all their greatest songs and performed close to two hours, more than I expected.

Sneak Peak: Chiddy Bang – “My Ways”

August 23rd, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

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Above is the music video for a Chiddy Freestyle but the big news is a new Chiddy Bang track, “My Ways” (unconfirmed title). Credit Philly Chiddy for leaking this track, which will be on their debut album, The Swelly Life, dropping September 13. The quality is not the best as the recording is from when Chiddy Bang performed this on KIIS FM in Cleveland recently.

In the song, Xaphoon Jones samples Dr. Dog’s “All My Ways”. Listen to and download “My Ways” and also Xaphoon Jones’ original version to “Under The Sheets” (Instrumental), which didn’t make it on the Air Swell mixtape because Chiddy liked the other remix more, but it’s still a good to listen to because of Xaphoon Jones producing skills.  Chiddy Bang – My Ways (unconfirmed title) (Dr. Dog sample) by phillychiddy  Under The Sheets (Chiddy Bang Remix V2) (Instrumental) by phillychiddy

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