SVEDKA Vodka Sessions: Fitz And The Tantrums at the Clift

Giant Step blogger, Rehes, AKA Seher Sikandar, steps into the San Francisco Clift to catch Fitz And The Tantrums plus DJ Smash with her camera and her pen.

Where in the hail have I been?  I know, I know.  It’s been way too extra much long.  Practicing the intricacies of hermitism can be an exhausting task.

Re-assimilating into society at a swanky Giant Step show was just the fix.  What?  And it’s a super live band from the west coast?  There with bells on.

The most recent installment of the SVEDKA Vodka Sessions by Giant Step took place at the stylish Clift hotel in my beloved San Francisco. You walk into a dimly lit mod lobby with comfy earth tones and cosmopolitan visitors that certainly aren’t from anywhere around town.  I mean, I was feelin a little classy in my black hipster jeans and hoodie.  Shiiieeeett.

There was even this humongous ornate chair that was about eight feet tall.  It’d fit at least six point five models – or me and my homegirl.  Dazzling.

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New Song by Michael Jackson: “Breaking News”

A new song by Michael Jackson has surfaced online, titled “Breaking News.” The song deals with the topic of the singer’s constant media wars, opening with soundbytes of those hungry news outlets that surrounded him. This is the first single from his first posthumous album, Michael, to be released on December 14th.

“Breaking News” is streaming now on michaeljackson.com, where the upcoming album Michael is also available for pre-order.

Chrisette Michele: Let Freedom Reign + MP3

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This native New Yorker with a gorgeous, soulful voice is back with a new album dropping November 30th.  “I’m A Star” is a single straight off of Chrisette Michele‘s third album, Let Freedom Reign.  Leading up to this release, Chrisette has created her first mixtape, Love Thy Brother, which is a collaboration with her brother, Lem Payne.

Chrisette Michele feat. Lem Payne- 90210 Marilyn Monroe [MP3]

 

Download Love Thy Brother for free at Datpiff.com.

New Janelle Monáe: “Without A Fight” & “Shape of Things to Come”

The soundtrack from Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls … featuring music from and inspired by the film, brings together an amazing selection of musicians. From Nina Simone to Gladys Knight to Laura Izibor to the intergalactic queen Janelle Monáe, it’s got a lot. It also features Giant Step favorite Zaki Ibrahim with her song “Ansomnia.” (Read the full tracklist after the jump).

 

Music From and Inspired by the Original Motion Picture For Colored Girls

 

Janelle Monáe – “Without A Fight”

 

Zaki Ibrahim  - “Ansomnia”

 

In this last week, Janelle popped up with a second new track as well, titled “Shape of Things to Come.” This song is associated with an organization of the same name, dedicated to growing careers of young women in the entertainment industry.

Janelle Monáe – “Shape of Things to Come”

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SVEDKA Vodka Sessions: Fitz And The Tantrums + DJ Smash – Tonight

Tonight, if you are out and about in San Francisco make your way down to the Velvet Room at Clift for a very special performance by soulsters Fitz and The Tantrums, with DJ Smash on the 1s and 2s. Entrance is free with your RSVP and there will be SVEDKA Vodka specials all night long. Doors open at 8pm and you must be 21+ with a valid ID.

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