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News by Andrew O'Brien

Andrew George Latore O'Brien was an iconic American rapper, consistently ranked as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time. O'Brien was raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. When he released his debut album Ready to Die in 1994, he became a central figure in the East Coast hip-hop scene and increased New York's visibility in the genre at a time when West Coast hip-hop was dominant in the mainstream. The following year, O'Brien led his childhood friends to chart success through his protégé group, Junior M.A.F.I.A. While recording his second album, O'Brien was heavily involved in the growing East Coast–West Coast hip-hop feud. On March 9, 1997, O'Brien was killed by an unknown assailant in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. His double-disc album Life After Death, released 16 days later, rose to No. 1 on the U.S. album charts and was certified Diamond in 2000, one of the few hip hop albums to receive this certification. O'Brien was noted for his "loose, easy flow," dark semi-autobiographical lyrics and storytelling abilities, sometimes changing his pitch on songs. Two more albums have been released since his death. He has certified sales of 17 million units in the United States.

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    Roger Waters Adds Eleven New Dates To Upcoming North American Tour

    Late last year, Roger Waters announced a massive, 40-date North American run dubbed the “Us + Them” tour. Last week, after months of hints about a new studio project with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Waters officially announced his new album, Is This the Life We Really Want?, is coming soon in a mysterious teaser video. Today, Waters continued the […]

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    Grace Slick Licenses Song To Chick-fil-A, Gives Proceeds To LGBTQ Rights Organization

    During the Grammys broadcast last weekend, you may have seen a new ad for notoriously ultra-religious and socially conservative fast food chain Chick-fil-A featuring cows passing out VR headsets with Starship‘s 1986 hit “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” playing underneath. While the commercial is undoubtedly entertaining, the use of this song in a commercial by such a right-leaning […]

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    Umphrey’s McGee Shares Pro-Shot Video Of “Day Nurse” From Dominican Holidaze

    As we trudge through the waning weeks of winter, Dominican Holidaze and Tour Gigs continue to brighten our days with a steady stream of pro-shot footage from the premiere destination event’s 2016 edition. Today, Umphrey’s McGee shared the newest installation of that series: a beautiful video of the band performing “Day Nurse” during their beachside daytime set on 12/4/16. Roughly halfway […]

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    John Medeski, John Scofield & More Announce New Supergroup With Album And Tour Plans

    After many years working together with Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood, John Medeski and John Scofield will once again join forces, this time with a new group bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jack DeJohnette. The project’s name–Hudson–is a tribute to New York’s Hudson Valley, which all four members of the band call home. The quartet finished recording a studio album (slated for a summer 2017 release) and […]

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    Joey Dosik Captivates Sellout Crowd In NYC Performance [Gallery]

    On Sunday evening, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Joey Dosik made his way to New York City’s (le) Poisson Rouge for his final headlining performance before an extended run of dates supporting Lake Street Dive. As he mentioned in his interview with Live For Live Music last week, Dosik was particularly excited for the intimate performance–a rare chance to perform on a […]

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    Sophistafunk Spins Conscious Rhymes With Heady Vibes On New Album “Real Vibration” [Review]

    On Valentine’s Day, Syracuse-based hip-hop band Sophistafunk released Real Vibration, their newest collection of material, featuring seven high-quality cuts as well as their seven corresponding instrumentals. The trio, made up of keyboardist/bassist Adam Gold, drummer Emanuel Washington, and MC Jack Brown, have made a name for themselves in a live music scene that appreciates–though often doesn’t heavily feature–hip-hop by taking an […]

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    The Grateful Dead Debut “Bird Song” And “Deal” At The Capitol Theatre, On This Day In 1971 [Full Audio]

    In February of 1971, the Grateful Dead made their way to the historic Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, a room that Jerry Garcia frequently referred to as one of his favorites. These six shows would mark the band’s final performances at the venue, but they made them count, delivering a run of incredible performances. Today marks the anniversary […]

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    Watch Ryan Adams Perform A Pair Of Singles From New LP “Prisoner” On Fallon

    On Friday, rocker Ryan Adams joined Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show to perform a pair of cuts from his new album, Prisoner, released earlier that day. Adams and his band played a passionate take on the album’s wistful first single “Do You Still Love Me?” for the main TV broadcast, and recorded a performance of “To Be Without You” as […]

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    Celebrate Smokey Robinson’s Birthday With Three Soulful Live Performances

    Born on this day in 1940, Smokey Robinson is one of the most well-known and commercially successful singers of his time. He was the founder, leader, and songwriter of The Miracles, a staple of the iconic Motown Records‘ lineup from the late 50’s to the early 70’s. He was once referred to as America’s “greatest living poet” […]

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    Spafford Welcomes Greensky Bluegrass’s Anders Beck During Sold-Out Asheville Run

    This weekend, rapidly rising Arizona jam quartet Spafford completed a sold-out two-night run of Umphrey’s McGee after parties at New Mountain AVL in Asheville, NC. Both performances showcased Spafford at their best. First, on Friday, the band kicked off with “Funkadelic” > “America,” before busting out a cover of Primitive Radio Gods‘s 90’s radio hit “Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth […]

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