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New Theodore Grams EP Available for Streaming

Vice City, the new EP from Theodore Grams, smacks with a cinematic, suspense-oriented intensity. With Noah Breakfast handling production on the majority of songs and guest appearances by Tunji Ige and GrandeMarshall, the EP toes the threshold, gliding over electronic beats, while maintaining that sense of an authentic narrative, dispensed over a grimy bounce. Give it a spin, and let it ride.

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New Lushlife Mixtape to Benefit ACLU

Philly producer/emcee Lushlife, a.k.a. Raj Haldar, has released a new mixtape, titled My Idols Are Dead + My Enemies Are in Power, "in the face of an incoming administration that has openly threatened our basic constitutional freedoms." All proceeds from the album will be donated to the ACLU. The project also features guest appearances from Moor Mother, Sad13, Sun Airway, Killer Mike, and many others.

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NYC rapper on the rise: Latasha Alcindor threatens to "Revoke Thee" on new music video

Though fans that complain about rap deviating from its roots often come across as old curmudgeons, those contemporary emcees who practice vintage rap don't seem to ever go out of style. Take BK rapper Latasha Alcindor (aka LA)'s latest track, "Revoke Thee," for example. Over a jazzy instrumental with attitude, LA delivers hard-hitting lyrics in varied flows that could very well have been blasted out of the boomboxes of yesterday. Like her ballsy predecessors Lauryn Hill and Queen Latifah, she also exudes a great deal of swagger in her lyrics. With "Revoke Thee," and its accompanying video (streaming below), LA has proven she is an emcee to watch, and a crucial one at that. She has a an LP due out in February. - Henry Solotaroff-Webber

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Sip that Soul Syrup with Tribe Mars Tonight

Have yourself a hefty pour of some sensually funky soul syrup with Tribe Mars, who amid a lineup change still boast the same incredible output. Now featuring the talented Vaughn Kimmons (of POPgoji and as Brown Alice), the group's interesting arrangements are only elevated by the ardent vocality of Kimmons.

Rescheduled from its original weather-postponed date and location, Tribe Mars will be joining Blossom tonight at new downtown nightclub NYX for some Sunday Sessions vibes, hosted by multitalented singer-songwriter-producer Fritzwa.

It's free, so let your soul glow up in the city's newest spot with music starting at 9pm.

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Girl Fest is Giving Us Life

A much needed celebration of female power, Girl Fest is back with a showcase of some of Portland's best female musicians of the moment. Hosted by the soulful Blossom, this year's installation of GF touches on a few different genres, including jazz, folk and hip hop, to me enjoyed by all ages.

Coco Columbia has been a local love we've grow to appreciate more and more, with her refreshingly modern and eclectic take on jazz. Her voice, along with her production, have become indicative of the variety of other music scenes the city provides.

Other upbeat offerings come from some of the only female rap artists in Portland's market right now, including Karma Rivera. Taking a beat and fully making it her own, Karma's rhymes give the best of relatable expression and fun quips. Building off of that, duo Neka & Kahlo mix angelic bedroom pop with hip hop that results in a trappy type R&B that we need much more of.

Courtney Noe could easily dominate the pop charts with her retro ballads and after the Fish Eye EP, we've been dying for more of Haley Heynderickx's acoustic folk.

Thankfully Girl Fest 2017 is still happening tonight at the Crystal Ballroom. It's an all ages show, including some performances from young artists involved with local youth music nonprofit My Voice Music, so bring all your loved ones out for a night of true female empowerment.

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