[MADE] City Lights

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Last night, I decided to drive around and look for some spots where I could capture traffic, or better yet, lights in general.  Testing long exposures and battling cold temperatures made for a tricky, yet sucessfull evening. At this point, this is all experimental as I look to find a groove or style some call it. Bridges have been a personal favorite, as they bring us a sene of being with all the commotion and noise going on, and that theme continues today. Enjoy.

*sorry about the grainyness in the photos, as it is an issue with WordPress at the moment. Will try and update these later in the evening to find a fix.

Dom Kennedy – Represent (I Like That)

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It’s been a long time since we’ve heard from Dom Kennedy, but that all changed yesterday with the release of his new single “Represent”. The record sounds like Dom hit the ground right where he left off, it’s safe to say the man is back. West Coast all the way, Dom K plans to make another run in 2015; check out “Represent” below and stay tuned for more.

Jugrnaut x Fake Shore Drive 7th Year Anniversary Party

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Location: 63 W Ontario Street, Chicago
When: Friday, December 19th

It’s crazy to think that both Jugrnaut and Fake Shore Drive started 7 years ago. Since then, Jugrnaut has cemented itself as Chicago’s premier street wear boutique, while Fake Shore has done the same in the realm of music coverage and event coordination. 7 years in the making and there’s definitely no sign of an end any time soon. To celebrate, they’ll once again host their anniversary party at the Hard Rock Cafe downtown, with a few special performances and a ton of giveaways. This should definitely be on your list of events to hit up this weekend, make sure to get there early for some FREE gear compliments of Mishka.

Towkio LIVE @ Lincoln Hall

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Location: 2424 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago
When: Friday, December 19th @ 7PM

The Save Money crew will be taking over Lincoln Hall tonight. Towkio will be center stage as he’ll headline the event with performances from Hurt Everybody and Lucki Eck$ as well. A few special guests are also slated to appear so you never know who could end up throwing down. The show is all ages and tickets are available for $10 in advance and $12 at the door. If you’re interested in going, click the link below and cop your tickets NOW.

Towkio Save Money Tickets

Heiruspecs Holiday Classic

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Location: 1601 University Avenue, St. Paul
When: Friday, December 19th @ 9PM

The Heiruspecs will be hosting their annual Holiday Classic at Turf Club this year. The St. Paul collective will be joined by Carnage and The Last Band Standin’ as well as K. Raydio and O-D. Turf Club is definitely picking up it’s pace with a slew of great shows over the last month and in the coming months. This event is 21+ and tickets are available now for $12 in advance and $15 at the door. This should definitely be a good time, click the link below to cop your tickets now and stay tuned for more.

Heiruspecs x Carnage Tickets

[MADE] Brews of the Week

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Last year was the first time trying Left Coast’s beers and needless to say, I am a huge fan of what this brewery offers. Coincidentally, I happened to try their beer for the first ever while I was visiting out in Los Angeles. A year later, I finally got my hands on a bomber of their Hop Juice.

Hop Juice – they couldn’t have picked a better name for the sweet nectar of an IPA. This Double IPA is far from average, as it kicks your ass while leaving you with a shit grin. Hop Juice pours a light gold color, with little to no head. After the first taste, you notice this DIPA is far from bitter, as it brightens your day up. Sweet, citrus, honey and piney hop flavors – Hop Juice has a distinct flavor for a DIPA. My favorite part about this brew, is that you will hardly notice the 9.7% ABV . This one will become a regular in our rotation, and we recommend giving it a try.

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From my understanding, Sierra Nevada has never really been known for darker beers. After grabbing Sierra Nevada’s newly released Snow Pack, we found a new lost love for their Coffee Stout, thus catapulting our belief that they can make a wide range of brews.

Sierra Nevada’s Coffee Stout pours as expected, as dark as a dungeon. I honestly do know how many coffee stouts that I have tasted that are as well balanced as this one. Dark, thick, creamy, yet packed with malty espresso/coffee bean flavor, all mixed with a dash of hops. Wow…Once again, Sierra Nevada you continue to make consistently great beers. Cheers, and ignore the Chiefs glass.

The Come Up w/ Exclusive Murray, Finding Reason & Manny Phesto

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Location: 205 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
When: Monday, December 22nd @ 8PM

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s about that time to start grabbing gifts for those you love. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to provide gifts for their family, this is where The Come Up comes in; the event will aim to raise donations in the form of gently used or new toys. With performances from Exclusive Murray, Dwynell Roland, Finding Reason (Finding Novyon x Devon Reason), Manny Phesto, Kenny Mac and Daddy Dinero, the night looks to be a great one for Minneapolis hip hop. This one’s 18+ and tickets are available in advance for $5 ($8 @ door), if you bring a toy to donate you’ll get in free.

Lowertown Santacon VII

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Location: Lowertown, St. Paul
When: Saturday, December 20th // 6PM-11PM

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s only right that the winter festivities are popping up everywhere. One of the more notable winter events is the annual Lowertown Santacon which is entering it’s 7th year. This year the pub crawl will start at Golden’s Deli before hitting Black Dog Cafe, Senor Wong, and ending at Bedlam Lowertown. Unlike a lot of the other large pub crawls, Santacon’s are free and there are no wristbands required, simply show up to Golden’s Deli at 6PM and let the mayhem begin.

Schedule:
Golden’s Deli – 6PM
Black Dog Cafe -7:30PM
Senor Wong – 9:15PM
Bedlam Theater – 11PM

The $hoots – F.T.P (FukThaPolice)

A couple of days ago, Chicago collective The $hoots, sent us a new single entitled “F.T.P” (FukThaPolice). With America’s current political and social climate, the song matches the sentiment of many young American’s who are fed up with injustice at the hands of the police (ironic??). Produced by in-house producer Weezy Taylor, the record features 20 Gramz and BJ Da Balla; serving as a quick look at Weezy Taylor’s self titled EP which is due out in early 2015. Another solid track from The $hoots, check it out above and keep an eye out for more.

Tre’ Crowell – SB

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Houston spitter Tre’ Crowell continues his weekly releases with a new track titled “SB”. The heavy horn sample and grooving bass lays the foundation for Tre to do what he does best. Since I’ve started listening to Tre’ Crowell, I’ve always noticed how he sounds beyond his years in regards to his delivery and ability to structure cadences. He also has a knack for picking instrumentals that fit his style perfectly. One month removed from it’s original release date, Road to 13 is scheduled for a January 13th release; check out “SB” below and stay tuned for more from Tre’ Crowell.