“Happenings”

“When people just go out and explore what’s happening in D.C., they get exposed to more [things].” ~Rob Stokes This week aims to be filled with plenty of opportunities for music and libations. 1. December 4 – LiveNation presents Wiki & Nappy Nappa  New York rapper, Wiki, embarks on a three-show sprint across the East coast, starting at Songbyrd Music House tonight.  Be prepared to hear tracks off of his debut album No Mountains in Manhattan, a modern take on the city’s boom bap, hustle trademark. Wiki is joined by Nappy Nappa whose reach has recently been far greater than his D.C. roots.  …

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The Uptown Interview: Nate Gski

‘The Uptown Interview’ is a series of candid conversations with some of D.C.’s cultural influencers in an attempt to interpret and preserve the artistic heritage of the city. Nate Gski is a native Washingtonian from Takoma Park, to be exact.  A stint in North Carolina following high school at Duke Ellington School of the Arts led to a working relationship with record executive/producer 9th Wonder.  Returning to the District in 2010, his Gness has been a constant figure amidst an evolving cultural scene.  In a recent conversation, he touched on his partnership with Afro Velvet, hip-hop today vs. hip-hop of …

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PUNK ASS BLACK FRIDAY

Hyperconsumerism ( hyper–consumerism ) or hyperconsumption ( hyper–consumption ) refers to the consumption of goods for non-functional purposes and the associated significant pressure to consume those goods exerted by the modern, capitalist society, as those goods shape one’s identity. The adjective definition of punk is ‘’ in poor or bad condition ‘’. The noun definition of punk is ‘’ a worthless person ‘’ Do you feel worthless when you aren’t rewarded with the things that capitalist society presents to you? Is the food on your plate healthy ? Is your body and or mind  in poor or bad condition? Why …

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The Uptown Interview: Dreamcast

‘The Uptown Interview’ is a series of candid conversations with some of D.C.’s cultural influencers in an attempt to interpret and preserve the artistic heritage of the city. Davon Bryant AKA “Dreamcast” found himself outside of the United States for the first time this past summer.  Exploring the streets of London and Amsterdam thanks to the warm reception of his smooth, soul track “Liquid Deep,” Bryant embarked on a month-long radio tour.  The D.C. artist talks influences, working in the music community, and the District he experienced growing up in Northeast. DB: Explain to me more about the site and …

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The Uptown Interview: Marcus Dowling

‘The Uptown Interview’ is a series of candid conversations with some of D.C.’s cultural influencers in an attempt to interpret and preserve the artistic heritage of the city. Marcus Dowling cashed in on his 401k after he was laid off from his real estate job.  This was in 2008, 2009 at a time when the blogosphere was starting to realize its full potential.  Drawing from his experience as Providence College’s editor-in-chief of the school’s newspaper, Dowling chronicled a year’s worth of musical experiences.  Artists picked up on his coverage and have since invited him to shows in the Baltimore, Philadelphia, …

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