We’ve seen Xenia Rubinos live twice now and she has the most energy out of all the artists we’ve ever seen live before.  She performs with her whole entire body and will make you smile and laugh.  Truly amazing!

Going to shows in the city helped us discover amazing new music, such as Pitckblak Brass Band — a Brooklyn-based 10-piece hip hop brass group.


LA Cruising Music

When people think LA music, one of the first things to come to mind is the explosion of gangster rap in the late 80s and early 90s. Due to the ever present east coast media bias, a lot of LA hip hop doesn’t see the light of day the further you travel from the coast. Truth is, LA hip hop has never faded away, and there are plenty of young guys making solid tracks on the best coast. I’m sure you have all heard of Odd Future, Kendrick Lamar, and Murs, so in preparation for our trip out west, here are a few other artists we enjoy representing SoCal:

Tiron & Ayomari

Blu & Exile

Paris Jones

For more of a classic LA feel. Definitely check out the homie BAMBU


This weekend’s show: Armenian-born jazz pianist Tigran at Littlefield, Brooklyn.

Loving our musical adventure in New York City!

Back in 2008 when we first met, one of our first conversations was about what kinds of music we like.  When it turned out that we were both into jazz, many jazz dates ensued.

Our most recent jazz date was trumpeter Christian Scott’s 30th birthday show at the Red Rooster in Harlem.  The music was mesmerizing and we discovered many young jazz musicians to follow.  We’ll be seeing Christian Scott again at Blue Note on January 16 and are super excited about this!


Seattle Tunes We Dig, Ya Dig?!

We are traveling to Seattle tomorrow for a short trip. Thought we would post about some of the music we are into from the area! Look out for future posts about regional music.

What’s not to love about Seattle? Crisp clean air, picturesque terrain, clear blue summers, classic grey winters. We could go on and on. The geography of the NW Emerald City never ceases to amaze us, but it’s what the people have created here that really speaks for this city.

It’s taking everything in my power to not bust out a full wiki style blog post about the Seattle music scene and my opinions why it popped off in the Post-War Era. But shout out to the Baby Boomers for making it happen. Everyone in the universe loves Jimi Hendrix, so thats enough evidence. Instead of the boring history lesson, I’ll just share a brief story with y’all.

The year was 2002, I had just started getting into hip hop foreal (when I say foreal I mean listening to my brothers’ collections and never to the radio). Through extensive digging through digital record crates (aka pirating music online), I came across a track “Odds on Favorite” by Boom Bap Project. MY GOD what a track. Ask anyone, we played this jam in our shared bedroom atleast 20x a day. Boom Bap Project became my favorite hip hop artist. Fast forward a little bit, their next album Reprogram came out right as I was about to head off to college. I couldn’t wait to be a Seattle hip hop evangelist for all these southern folks. There was a dude I met in school who was from the 206 named Steve. We chatted it up a little bit about the great NW (by then I had visited quite a few times for various reasons). He told me if I was onto Boom Bap, I HAD to check out some other ish. Per his recommendation I got hooked on Blue Scholars and Gabriel Teodros. I think I still have facebook message he sent me about those guys.

Since then I’ve been shouting to the rooftops about Seattle hip hop. It’s real, it’s honest, it hits, it bumps, it’s unique, and most importantly THEY SUPPORT EACHOTHER. You’d be hard pressed to find these guys trying to emulate. With the recent success of the homie Macklemore, I think people are just now starting to really take a second glance at 206 hip hop. Here is a list of some seattle cats we dig, ya dig?

Blue Scholars

The Physics


Nacho Picasso


Brothers From Another

The list goes on and on. There are many more amazing artists, I suggest you all do a little digging and see if you find anything you like! Here are some bonus indie/rock mentions:

Pretty Girls Make Graves

Minus the Bear

The Blood Brothers

Tried to keep this post as short as I could, but I’m longwinded. Peace.


We are super stoked to see the quirky Swedish band Little Dragon tonight at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.