LA: UCLA Jazz Reggae Fest – May 26 & 27 + Contest

 

Going on its 27th year this weekend, the UCLA Jazz Reggae Fest returns with another amazing lineup, including Santigold, Common, Jhene Aiko, Ziggy Marley, and Barrington Levy.

For those not yet familiar, the festival also hosts some really killer food vendors and artisans selling clothing, jewelry, and other unique goods. Various art installations will round out the atmosphere for what promises to be a great event.

For you foodies: make sure you go to the cobbler dude if he’s there this year. Not a joke.

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New Release: Brand New Heavies – ‘Forward’

 

The Brand New Heavies today release their first studio album in seven years! While a long time coming, Forward shows the British acid jazz pioneers losing no steam and hitting hard with funky and soulful music that’s easy to love.

The potent vocals of N’Dea Davenport make a celebrated return with debuting British singer Dawn Joseph adding her talent to the mix as well.

For those aching for a preview, listen to and download the smooth and swingy “Addicted” below!

Be sure not to miss our exclusive interview with some more background from founding member, Jan Kincaid.

Need some more? Watch the video for “Sunlight” after the jump and bounce around to the Brand New Heavies as they kill it like they never left.

Enter our contest to win Forward.

Brand New Heavies – “Addicted” [MP3]
 

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Watch “Sunlight” after the jump

SF & LA: Gilles Peterson Live – May 24 & 25 + Contest

 

theLIFT and KCRW will be hosting two special nights this month with DJ marvel Gilles Peterson, returning to San Francisco after five years and to Los Angeles after 2 years! The Saturday, May 24 event will be at Public Works in SF, while the Sunday, May 25 event will be at 333 Live in LA. More details and a chance to win tickets via our contest below!

SF Event Details
Gilles Peterson Live in SF
Saturday, May 24
9pm-3am

Tickets: $20 adv / $25 door
Purchase tickets
21+ w/ ID

Public Works
161 Erie St.
San Franicsco, CA 94103

LA Event Details
Gilles Peterson Live in LA
Sunday, May 25
9pm-2am

Tickets: $20 adv / $25 door
Purchase tickets
21+ w/ ID

333 Live
333 South Boylston St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017

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Now Accepting May Next Step Entries

 

May Next Step contest submission time is here!

The winner will receive an “Artist Spotlight” feature post on the Giant Step website, and up to $1,000 in Giant Step Marketing services!

Please note that we are accepting submissions from anyone that makes music – producers, singers, instrumentalists, rappers, and bands alike are all welcome.

This month, we are accepting submissions from today through Friday, May 24. That said, we are now open for May 2013 entries!

Submit your music for consideration!

New Release + Remix Contest: The Knocks “Modern Hearts” feat. St. Lucia Remixes

 

The Knocks‘ latest single, “Modern Hearts” featuring St. Lucia, gets the remix treatment with an EP release this week exclusively on Beatport. Treasure Fingers, Goldroom, NAPT, Amtrac, Fareoh and The Aston Shuffle all put their unique touches on what has been called the ultimate summer dance track.

Now, The Knocks have offered all DJs a chance to remix the track through a contest with Indaba. B-Roc and JPatt will pick one grand prize winner who will receive $1,000 plus a promotional release by A&M/Octone through Giant Step. Download the stems and show us what ya got!