Obvious 3 Year Anniversary Show! Thank you to everyone that has supported us over the past 3 years. As a thank you for how awesome you all are, we bring to you one of our most sought after artists at our favorite venue with incredibly strong support.
Does the man need an introduction? One of the most requested acts for us to book finally makes a Pittsburgh appearance!
.rar Kelly and Lemz bring their booty-shakin’ club act Normaling back to Pittsburgh once again! .rar Kelly is entrenched. The man is a club music connoisseur & cultivator and well known amongst both current & past generations of club pioneers. Yet, to many, he is relatively unknown, and that is just how he has wanted it… until now. He has secretly become a powerhouse behind the scenes on the east coast, working hand-in-hand with the likes of Starkey, Dev79 and other titans of street bass, to emerge as a serious force in the rising tide of North American club music. As a producer, Lemz slides between a myriad of genres with a grace enviable by many. His original productions pull from Electro, Progressive House, Baltimore Club, Techno, Industrial, Minimal, Deep House, and straight up pop music – sometimes all on a single tune. At the tender age of 13, when most of us were preoccupied about sitting at the “cool table” in the cafeteria, Lemz was teaching himself to DJ. The California native was playing show he couldn’t attend as a mere audience member. Lemz was playing in clubs when you were still in your backyard clubhouses.
Our two residents will once again rock the dance floor with one of their special back-to-back sets that is sure to get the
room properly prepared for the rest of the evening
Fri March 27th @ Hot Mass
21+ / 11pm-4am
2015.03.26 | The Rex Theater | 21+ | Doors at 8pm
After single-handedly redefining “warped” as the mind and mouth behind the Bronx-based Ultramagnetic MC’s, “Kool” Keith Thornton — aka Rhythm X, aka Dr. Octagon, aka Dr. Dooom, aka Mr. Gerbik — headed for the outer reaches of the stratosphere with a variety of solo projects. A onetime psychiatric patient at Bellevue, Keith’s lyrical thematics remained as free-flowing here as they ever were with the N.Y.C. trio, connecting up complex meters with fierce, layers-deep metaphors and veiled criticisms of those who “water down the sound that comes from the ghetto.” His own debut single, “Earth People” by Dr. Octagon, was quietly released in late 1995 on the San Francisco-based Bulk Recordings, and the track spread like wildfire through the hip-hop underground, as did the subsequent self-titled full-length released the following year.
Featuring internationally renowned DJ Q-Bert (of Invisibl Skratch Piklz) on turntables, as well as the Automator and DJ Shadow behind the boards, Dr. Octagon’s left-field fusion of sound collage, fierce turntable work, and bizarre, impressionistic rapping found audiences in the most unlikely of places, from hardcore hip-hop heads to jaded rock critics. Although a somewhat sophomoric preoccupation with body parts and scatology tended to dominate the album, Keith’s complex weave of associations and shifting references is quite often amazing in its intricacy. The record found its way to the U.K.-based abstract hip-hop imprint Mo’Wax (for whom Shadow also recorded) in mid-1996, and was licensed by the label for European release (Mo’Wax also released a DJ-friendly instrumental version of the album titled, appropriately, The Instrumentalyst [Octagon Beats]).
The widespread popularity of the album eventually landed Keith at DreamWorks in 1997; the label gave Dr. Octagon (retitled Dr. Octagonecologyst) its third release mid-year, adding a number of bonus cuts. In early 1999, however, Keith’s alter ego Dr. Dooom unfortunately “killed off” Dr. Octagon on the opening track of First Come, First Served (released on Thornton’s own Funky Ass label). Kool Keith signed to Ruffhouse/MCA for his second album under that alias, 1999’s Black Elvis/Lost in Space. Records released as Kool Keith followed in 2000 (Matthew) and 2001 (Spankmaster), while the 2002 collaboration Gene appeared as KHM (Kool Keith plus H-Bomb and Marc Live). His next project was a four-rapper group named Thee Undatakerz with Keith taking on a new persona, Reverend Tom. Kool Keith Presents Thee Undatakerz hit the streets in May 2004. Keeping busy, Keith released Diesel Truckers in August of the same year with old friend/producer KutMasta Kurt.
As if 2004 hadn’t been filled with enough Kool Keith releases, some truly oddball ones started to appear that year. The Official Space Tape borrowed from previous releases to create the ultimate Keith mixtape, the R&B-leaning Personal Album was released in a limited edition of 500 and with a high price tag, plus the Real Talk label issued Dr. Octagon, Pt. 2, an unauthorized release that had little to do with the original and was quickly pulled from the shelves by court order. The next year was much calmer with the Global Enlightenment, Pt. 1 DVD being released at the beginning of the year, followed by Lost Masters, Vol. 2 in the summer. Nogatco Rd. from 2006 introduced a new character, Mr. Nogatco (“Octagon” backwards). The UFO-obsessed album was a collaboration with producer Iz-Real. The two-CD Collabs Tape compilation and The Return of Dr. Octagon followed soon after. In early 2007, Keith was part of an Ultramagnetic MC’s reunion that yielded Best Kept Secret. Tashan Dorrsett, another concept-driven release from Keith, was released in 2009 with the remix album The Legend of Tashan Dorrsett following in 2011. His 2012 album, Love and Danger, hinted at retirement with songs like “Goodbye Rap,” but he was still in business in 2013, making a guest appearance on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs album Mosquito.
Blade of the Ronin is the first new album from Cannibal Ox since their 2001 debut The Cold Vein, which is highly regarded as a classic amongst hip-hop fans and critics alike. Blade of the Ronin features guest appearances by MF Doom, U-God (of Wu-Tang Clan), Elzhi, Artifacts and more, and will hit stores worldwide on March 3rd via IGC Records / iHipHop Distribution.
CANNIBAL OX (Vast Aire & Vordul Mega)
with Special Guests:
Dos Noun & BZE
with DJ Blacklisted on the decks
$15 in advance http://ow.ly/Iwd0z
$18 day of show
LIMITED QUANTITY $30 VIP Pass includes soundcheck access, meet & greet with Cannibal Ox, and signed poster, as well as general admission
Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1532131830383256/
Opus One Productions & Obvious Productions present… RJD2
w/ Chrome Sparks (dj set), MR. OWL b2b James Gyre, Headphone Activist
Direct Ticket Link: http://tktwb.tw/14siTm6
Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/602937893173715/
Tickets on sale now!
$20 adv, $22 dos
or at all Opus One Ticket Outlets – http://mrsmalls.com/NewPHP/home.php?section=ticketoutlets
rjd2 originally began his career in Columbus, Ohio, DJing in 1993 with a pair of turntables bought from a friend. He went to high school at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center and graduated in 1994. He claims his name originates from another friend who referenced him as “rjd2″ in his raps, and the name stuck.
Originally working the role of DJ in the Columbus rap group MHz, he later signed to Bobbito Garcia’s Fondle ‘Em label, releasing the self-proclaimed “mix CD” Your Face Or Your Kneecaps. A year later he signed to El-P’s record label Definitive Jux and released his solo debut album Deadringer to much acclaim.
rjd2 later collaborated with Columbus rapper Blueprint under the name Soul Position, releasing Unlimited EP in 2002 and 8 Million Stories in 2003. He released his second solo album Since We Last Spoke on Definitive Jux in 2004, which blended hip-hop with elements of pop and was lauded as one of the year’s Top 40 Albums by SPIN.
He later contributed a cover of “Airbag” by Radiohead for the 2006 album Exit Music – the same year that saw the release of the collaborative record, Magnificent City, with Aceyalone. Fully indulging his passion for pop, rjd2 released another solo album, The Third Hand, on XL Recordings and toured extensively through 2008.
The innovative producer’s 10-year career reached a marked turning point in 2009 after he scored “A Beautiful Mine,” the popular theme to the hit AMC television series, Mad Men. In early 2010, he dropped The Colossus – the first album to be released on his own label, RJ’s Electrical Connections. He has since reissued Your Face Or Your Knee Caps, The Horror, and Since We Last Spoke as well as a vinyl LP deluxe box set entitled 2002-2010 via his label.
Come out to Round Corner Cantina this Sunday (1/25/2015) as we host a benefit with music and cocktails for our Obvious home Belvederes Ultra-Dive and their employees as they recover from the devastating fire in December. The event will take place upstairs of Cantina at The Ballroom!
Suggested Donation – $5
$1 from every cocktail sold goes straight to the Belvederes Fire Staff Relief Fund
Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/421945251291922/
Musical Curators (aka DJs) for the day:
Ben Kessler & A.P.
We look forward to seeing our entire Pittsburgh family out to support. We have spent the better part of 3 years with Belvederes as our home base and were heartbroken when we were notified of the fire. All of your donations and purchases help support the nearly 25 employees out of work.
Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/941678899176067/
PL▶Y is always FREE.
(The excellent food & drink costs $, though.)
PL▶Y is always 2nd Saturdays.
(Before the Humanaut-curated Hot Mass.)
PL▶Y is never too loud to talk with your people.
(Music from the chill end of the pool.)
Residents MR. OWL, James Gyre, Ivies, William George Parham, & Kate Boss
9pm-2am @ Eclipse Lounge / 21+ / $0
VENUE CHANGED to “CATTIVO” @ 146 44th St in Lawrenceville
(Please support our friends at Belvedere’s as they rebuild after their kitchen fire!)
Fri Jan 2nd ✦ $8 ✦ 21+
As with many a gifted musician, the story of Kurtis Hairston aka KRTS began with his father’s cassette tapes. Well, tape, actually, as young KRTS admittedly found his love for haunting, sample based instrumentals mostly through The Art of Noise’s Are You Afraid of…. But if you were lucky enough to catch one of KRTS’ explosive live shows, or listened to some of his recent releases, you know that it didn’t stop there. KRTS music is a meticulously balanced mixture of post-dilla hip hop and contemporary bass, deep electronics, jungle, and translucent chords – all chopped up nicely and in real-time when he takes to the stage. Following a move from his hometown of Brooklyn to the German capital, KRTS keeps making major moves touring the globe, and steadily releasing on Berlin’s prolific Project: Mooncircle imprint.
✦ /// :TROPIC (Pgh) ✦
✦ /// IVIES (Pgh) ✦
✦ /// MORGANTICS (Pgh) ✦
✦ /// MR. OWL (Pgh) ✦
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✦ ABOUT PROJECT:MOONCIRCLE ✦
Project Mooncircle is a Berlin based label and creative collective operating in the left-field sphere of electronic music. Originally established in 2002, its diverse back catalogue is one of no musical boundaries. Today much of the label’s output focuses on the fusion of organic and electronic music. With a heavy emphasis on artwork and design, the label prides itself on the curation of original ideas and vision.
✦ ABOUT ENFORCERY ✦
ENFORCERY is a podcast & event series supporting forward-thinking hip-hop beatmakers & producers, founded by MR. OWL (Formerly known as Brokebeat)