Janelle Monáe’s The ArchAndroid: Number One of 2010

We’ve truly enjoyed watching the rise of Janelle Monáe this year, whose album ArchAndroid places in just about every single ‘Best of 2010′ music list. Her success may be due to her unclassifiable space funk music, or her stage presence, or her concept of the Android in the Cybertronic Purgatory, or the genuine groundswell of support around her throughout the past two years; either way we’re glad to see her with the critical acclaim she deserves:

“a heavenly, spectacular debut” - ABC News (#1 Album)

“Janelle Monáe’s The ArchAndroid proves she’s the whole package.” -Popmatters (#1 Album)

“No other album this year seems so alive with possibility. Monáe is young and fearless enough to try anything, gifted enough to pull almost all of it off, and large-hearted enough to make it feel like a communal experience: Us rather than Me. She may yet surpass it – let’s hope so – but for now, this is one hell of a show.”- Guardian UK (#1 Album)

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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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N*E*R*D Listening Party in San Francisco – October 30

Our last in the SVEDKA Vodka and Giant Step Present N*E*R*D Listening Party series will take place this Saturday, October 30th at the Redwood Room at Clift in San Francisco. N*E*R*D’s new album Nothing hits stores on November 2nd, so this is your last chance to get an exclusive first listen to the full album before its release. Entrance is free but strictly RSVP only and you must be 21+ with a valid ID.

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SVEDKA & Giant Step Present N*E*R*D Listening Party: Boston – October 6th

SVEDKA Vodka and Giant Step invite you to an exclusive opportunity to hear the sounds of NothingN*E*R*D‘s upcoming 4th album, which will be out everywhere on November 2nd. Join us on Wednesday, October 6th, at the beautiful Woodward at Ames in Boston to get a first listen to this highly anticipated project by the band that helped redefine the rules of pop over the last decade. Expect some surprise guests!

Stream a track from the new album on Pitchfork: “Hypnotize U” (produced by Daft Punk)

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SVEDKA Vodka Sessions: An Evening with José James – August 3 – Boston

Our next installment of the SVEDKA Vodka Sessions will feature a very special performance by our favorite jazz crooner José James at the Woodward at Ames, in Boston. Doors open at 8pm, on Tuesday, August 3 and as always entrance is free but strictly RSVP only.

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