The N.E.R.D. show in San Francisco was packed, and Pharrell assured the crowd that the elusive Chad Hugo was inside the venue, somewhere. They played songs from their first three albums, plus a couple new tracks -- can't wait for that upcoming 4th album!
The years Anjulie spent honing her craft of singing and writing songs are readily apparent on her self-titled debut album. Co-written with her producer and collaborator Jon Levine (of Canadian R&B hit makers the Philosopher Kings), Anjulie sets intensely personal stories about her life, loves, obsessions, and heartbreaks to a glittering genre-blending mix of pop, hip hop, rock, and world rhythms she heard as a child growing up.
The confident and eclectic melange on Anjulie's album explores a wide range of moods, a sign that she is an artist with a lot of range and versatility. The slinky opening track "Boom," which debuted #1 on the Billboard dance chart, works a dark, Nancy Sinatra-esque '60s vibe, while "The Rain" is a sleek, flamenco-flavored urban gem. Anjulie gets steamy on the feverish "The Heat," the obsessive "Addicted2Me," and the provocative "Some Dumb Girl," before entirely switching gears on the uplifting acoustic-driven "Same Damn Thing" and the lovelorn piano ballad "Crazy That Way." It's not surprising that Anjulie is as eclectic as it is, as she cops to a host of musical influences, everyone from confessional singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette and the always-enigmatic Annie Lennox, to hip hop mavericks Kanye West and Lauryn Hill.
The Second Annual Electronic Music Festival (BEMF) is back and bigger than ever, spanning two stages, indoor and out. The featured headliner will be The Juan Maclean (live), playing with artists like Designer Drugs, Young Love, Jupiter One, Adventure, Shy Child, Home Video, Free Blood, Awesome New Republic, and many more!
Giant Step and Spinna are piloting a Thursday night weekly residency called JOURNEY at Santos Party House, recently touted by The New York Times as "the nighclub of the moment." The party officially begins on August 6th, so tell your friends, RSVP, and expect the unexpected.