Video: Blu – “Thelonius King” ft. R.A. The Rugged Man & TriState


Blu is joined by R.A. The Rugged Man and TriState on this hard hitting new track called “Thelonius King.” First of all, anything with “Thelonius” in it is already a winner to us. But really, this track gets us going from the beat, to the flow, to the grit, to the fast moving and intense visuals – we are all about it.

Wanna cop? Look out for the limited edition 7″ out on Record Store Day this April.

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New Release: Charlie Winston – ‘Running Still’ + Exclusive Interview


If there’s one thing, folks can’t say that British singer Charlie Winston is without personality or spirit. His songs are heartfelt and rooted in a very real place that can be found relatable for many. This week he released his sophomore album, Running Still, and we were lucky enough to catch up with the insightful artist to get a little closer to where he’s coming from.

Folks looking to preview a bit more of the sounds below can find a free stream and download for “Where Can I Buy Happiness?” Also, the full album stream is available for the listening on AOL.

Giant Step: What’s the story behind your first single, “Hello Alone?”

Charlie Winston: This was a song that got started many years ago. The chorus, that is. I wrote it awhile back, inspired by listening to a lot of Tom Waits at the time. So it was written more like old countryman’s blues, but I wanted to give it a little more soul now that I was thinking of it for my record. It talks about the paradoxical feelings behind the ending of a relationship. On one hand, you can feel sad to be alone again, whereas on the other hand, there is something liberating about only having to answer to yourself again. The way I describe it in the song is as if “Alone” is an old friend whom you hoped you’d gotten rid of, but there he is again, on your doorstep… and after a little time, you remember he knows you better than anyone.

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NYC: That’s My Ish! with Ali Shaheed Muhammad – 2/21

The Legendary A Tribe Called Quest DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad returns to the Paperbox on the 1s and 2s for his monthly party That’s My Ish, powered by Giant Step.

The high-energy duo of Ali & DJ Beetle will have you dancing with the best in Hip-Hop, Soul, Classics,and Funk. Considered one of the Brooklyn borough’s best parties, we recommend that you arrive early as a venue jam-packed full of people is expected.

That’s My Ish! with Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Powered By Giant Step

Thursday, February 21st
Paper Box – 17, Meadow Street Brooklyn NY,
Doors: 10:00 PM /$5 Before 11 PM; $8 after 11PM.

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Swedish House Mafia To Auction Tickets for their ‘Black Tie Rave’


Having already raised nearly half a million dollars for charity, including the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, Swedish House Mafia has announced a second round to their charity auction efforts.

Tickets to their highly anticipated Black Tie Rave on February 28 at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom are the subjects of the auction, which begins on February 1 at 10am EST at Ticketmaster. This auction will benefit Save The Children, which is committing itself to join the national dialogue on gun control in the wake of December’s tragedy in Newton, Connecticut. More precisely:

Save The Children’s goal is to use their experience in advocacy, their seven decades of serving poor and vulnerable children in the U.S., and their commitment to children’s protection and rights to inform and influence both the dialogue and the policies that will emerge as the nation addresses issues that have a direct impact on the safety, security and well-being of its citizens—especially children.

Bids begin at $100.00 per ticket with a minimum purchase of 2 tickets and maximum of 4 tickets.

Get involved for some great causes and cop some tickets for an amazing event in the same breath! The first auction sold out quickly, so be sure to set your calendars and timers and what not – missing out is no fun.

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