Live Review: Maxo Kream @ Union Stage —4/2/22

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Maxo Kream accepts a birthday cake from Union Stage on April 2, 2022. (Photo by AJ Waugh)

I think I heard the name Maxo Kream around for at least a year before I ever heard his music, but from the first time I heard “Grannies” in 2017, it connected instantly. I downloaded his Punken project and the Houston storyteller has stayed a constant in my rotation ever since; so I had to be there when I saw Maxo’s Big Persona Tour was making its DC stop recently at Union Stage. 

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Preview: National Cannabis Festival @ RFK Stadium Festival Grounds, 4/22-4/24/22

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Wiz Khalifa headlines the concert performances of The National Cannabis Festival on April 23, 2022. (Photo courtesy Atlantic Records)

The sixth annual National Cannabis Festival, the East Coast’s largest ticketed cannabis gathering, returns to Washington’s RFK Festival Grounds on Saturday, April 23, with performances from Wiz Khalifa, Lettuce, and Ghostface Killah, a wide range of exhibitors, and a brand-new culinary pavilion complete with cooking demonstrations led by top chefs, talks and eating contests, among many other attractions.

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Live Review: Aminé @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 3/2/22

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Aminé performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on March 2, 2022. (Photo by AJ Waugh)

Portland powerhouse Aminé’s The Best Tour Ever blew the doors off The Fillmore Silver Spring recently, selling out the venue out even on a Wednesday night. The energy was high from the first moment with opening performances from 454 and Cochise getting the crowd moving. After the openers, curtains were pulled back to reveal the stage and all the pieces of home Amine brought on tour with him, including an 8-foot tall statue of his labradoodle, Oliver.

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Live Review: Action Bronson + Earl Sweatshirt @ The Anthem — 2/19/22

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Action Bronson performs at The Anthem on Feb. 19, 2022 (photos by Will Colbert).

It’s early in adulthood that many of us realize the value of a crew. The kindred spirits who lifted us up while down. The family who kept us in or out of trouble. As you read this, your mind may race back to a cohort who made an indelible mark on your life.

On Saturday, basketball’s elite gathered in Cleveland for the NBA All-Star Game, but the night’s highlight wasn’t a dunk contest if you were in the nation’s capital. The Anthem auditorium at DC’s Southwest Waterfront hosted the ÑBA Leather World Tour, which featured a collection of musicians as talented and unique as the championship-winning ‘89 Bad Boy Pistons — The Alchemist, Boldly James, Earl Sweatshirt, and Action Bronson.

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Live Review: D Smoke @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 2/7/22

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D Smoke performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Feb. 7, 2022. (Photo by Will Colbert)

“Boxing’s got styles like music got style…some styles are slick and creative…and others aren’t,” Miles Davis wrote in his autobiography — “Miles.” Like the iconic trumpeter, D Smoke is a student of music and boxing. During a recent show at The Fillmore Silver Spring, the Inglewood, California, rapper stepped onto the stage with the enthusiasm of a welterweight contender. 

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Preview: Alaska Thunderfuck @ Howard Theatre, 10/29/22

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Alaska Thunderfuck (Photo by Albert Sanchez)

Star of stage, screen, podcast airwaves, and beyond, scalding hot drag superstar Alaska Thunderfuck is about to get even “RED” hotter as she tours North America, including a show at the Howard Theatre in DC on Saturday, Oct. 29!

Her tour coincides with the upcoming release of her full-length album, Red 4 Filth, via PEG Records/Warner Music Group/ADA.

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Song of the Day: “Big Steppa” by Dayon Greene

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Dayon Greene (Photo courtesy Leoht House)

Dayon Greene recently shared the video for “Big Steppa” off his 2020 debut album, Me.

Inspired by his love for soccer the visual is an homage to the game (“If you not playing to win, what you playing fo?”), but much could be said off the field. Where power and precision collide, Dayon intricately weaves parallels from the sport to his experience as an artist. On the cusp of stardom, the DMV rapper shows what staying the course gets you.

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Song of the Day: “Ride” by Kandisha and Falcons

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Kandisha and Falcons (Photo courtesy Sacks & Co.)

Producer Falcons and LA rapper Kandisha debut a new song, “Ride,” and its accompanying video.

The track was inspired by Black Lives Matter protests across the country, and recorded after the two artists attended a march together in Los Angeles earlier this year.

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