Tag Archive for hip-hop

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Kanye West. Oracle Arena. 10.22.16

Kanye West. Oracle Arena. 10.22.16 The sounds of hydraulic machinery filled Oracle Arena, as the stench of dirt weed mingled with the faux fog that had been pumping into the air over the past two hours. The opening samples of “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” were slowed down and turned elastic, thus leaving alien chemtrails of sound in the… Read more →

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Chance The Rapper. Fillmore. 09.20.16

Chance The Rapper. Fillmore. 09.20.16 It was just before midnight on Tuesday when I came busting into my house like a kid who had just visited Disneyland for the first time; a kid who had just happened to have consumed quite a bit of alcohol in the Magic Kingdom. My wife was less than amused, but her annoyance turned to… Read more →

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Clams Casino. Cervantes. 09.17.16

Clams Casino. Cervantes. 09.17.16 DJ sets have always been an enigma to me. They make sense in the context of encouraging people to dance in a club, or creating the proper atmosphere at a party, but when DJs setup on stage at a venue that primarily caters to ‘live’ acts, it always seems false to me. There are exceptions though.… Read more →

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Beyoncé. Qualcomm Stadium. 05.12.16

Beyoncé. Qualcomm Stadium. 05.12.16 When people asked me how the Rihanna concert was, my immediate reply was “incredible!” When the same thing happened after the Beyoncé show, my reaction was very different. “It was quite the production,” I would say, before adding “she really puts on an incredible show.” That got me to thinking. Why simply ‘incredible’ for Rihanna, but all… Read more →

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Rihanna. Viejas Arena. 05.09.16

Rihanna. Viejas Arena. 05.09.16 The following is the story of a 39-year-old man who went to a Rihanna concert by himself… We were just coming up on The Merge when Ashim yanked the wheel left to stay on the 805, causing an iPhone to come flying out of the painted fingers holding it. The three women in the backseat had just… Read more →

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Winter on the Rocks. Red Rocks. 01.29.16

Winter on the Rocks. Red Rocks. 01.29.16 People in Colorado are no strangers to outdoor concerts in the middle of winter. Local and national acts have been performing in Winter Park, Aspen, Vail, and countless other mountain locales for a very long time, but it wasn’t until four years ago that anyone witnessed a performance at Red Rocks before Easter… Read more →

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Rocky and Tyler Tour. Red Rocks. 09.30.15

Rocky and Tyler Tour. Red Rocks. 09.30.15 A$AP Rocky was perched at the top of a three-story church pleading with the “Holy Ghost” as his millennial choir echoed his prayers back at him. The 26-year-old rapper from Harlem, New York might claim to have his own relationship with God, but it’s no secret that he also maintains his own cult.… Read more →