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Cannibal Ox “Blade of the Ronin” Album Release @ Mr. Smalls Theatre


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:
Crimson Godz
Dos Noun & BZE
Fortified Phonetx
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/

RJD2, Chrome Sparks, Mr. Owl b2b James Gyre, & Headphone Activist @ Mr. Smalls Theatre

2015-02-20 RJD2 square

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
All Ages


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.

Belvedere’s Fire Relief Benefit @ Round Corner Cantina


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:
Depth One
Mr. Owl
Ben Kessler & A.P.
Kate Boss

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.

Announcing PL▶Y @ Eclipse Lounge


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

ENFORCERY feat KRTS @ Cattivo

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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+

✦ /// KRTS of Project:Mooncircle (Berlin/NYC) ✦

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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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.

ENFORCERY is a podcast & event series supporting forward-thinking hip-hop beatmakers & producers, founded by MR. OWL (Formerly known as Brokebeat)

VIA 2014: ENFORCERY Beat Showcase feat Prof.Logik & ManOfTheDown @ Belvedere’s


5th Annual VIA Festival, October 01-05, Pittsburgh
http://www.via2014.com/ #via2014 #viafestival

Fri Oct 3rd @ Belvedere’s Ultra Dive
21+ / $10 door / included in All-Access and Weekend VIA Festival Passes -http://on.fb.me/YWkEF8

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Nostalgic yet futuristic beats which are usually created with no set boundaries and no quantization. All emotion and mood-based spur-of-the-moment soundscapes reflecting moments in his everyday life.

Nasty, syrupy beat music for fantastical beasts of a cryptozoological nature…

✦ /// MR. OWL
Pittsburgh-based DJ/producer/promoter who gets a kick tinkering found electronics into tricked-out toy instruments, turntabling & pad-mashing his way through the underground music scene.

✦ /// IVIES
Producer / instrumentalist with a multi-dimensional list of sampled sounds and loose beats.

✦ /// THETA
Hailing from Pittsburgh, Theta is a producer and performer who plays his material live on the MPC. With many collaborations and videos releasing soon, be sure to look out for him.

Lasers, 3D Projection Mapping & Visuals by:
For longer than many can remember Doctor Sound System a.k.a. DJ 7UP has been dropping his unique mixing style at thousands of events, including every major nightclub in Pittsburgh and major cities around the States, earning him the Pittsburgh City Paper “Best DJ” honor in 2006 and 2007.


VIA is a festival, series of events, and creative collective based in Pittsburgh, PA, that explores the intersection of music, new media art, and technology IRL and online. Collaborative a/v performances, visual artist projects & exhibitions, lectures, and more explore what’s next in known and underground Pittsburgh locations. VIA is a proud member of the I.C.A.S. (International International Cities of Advanced Sound) Network http://icasnetwork.org/

ENFORCERY is a podcast & event series supporting forward-thinking hip-hop beatmakers & producers, founded by MR. OWL (Formerly known as Brokebeat)


Zyla Benefit feat Shawn Rudiman, Chase Smith, Jwan Allen, MR. OWL & Depth One @ Belvedere’s


July 25th
Belvederes Ultra-Dive
4016 Butler Street
$5 Donation at the door
21+// 9:30 pm to 2:00 am
Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/461116690658381/

The Broken Planet Showcase has been postponed. This is a benefit for our friend, Paul Zyla. All proceeds go directly to Paul and his family.

Shawn Rudiman & Chase Smith — LIVE– [PGH]

Pittsburgh born and bred, Shawn is the Godfather of all things analog. Playing in Pittsburgh from the early 90s through now, he has stayed a favorite among fans and fellow producers. Shawn has taken his live show all over the U.S. and beyond, playing at such iconic places as Tresor in Berlin and Smart Bar, Chicago.
Inducted into the prestigious Detroit Techno Militia, Shawn represents his city and sound like no one else quite could.

Chase Smith has been performing his live sets in Pittsburgh recently and completely blowing crowds away. His performance with FORMA last week is still ringing in our heads. He is part of The Machine Age team and will be joining Shawn Rudiman on stage to play a live tag set that is one of a kind.


Jwan Allen [PGH]

Jwan Allen slays dance floors. He has been slaying dance floors for a helluva long time. Founder of the infamous Technoir Audio and now Broken Planet, Jwan has been releasing some of the most incredible techno for years. He is a dj’s dj, continually blowing minds set after set. Jwan will be opening the night with a long ass, 2 hour set. We can’t wait.


Mr Owl & Depth One [Pgh]

Obvious residents stepping in to play some sounds that you rarely hear coming from these guys. We are looking forward to hearing them play some techno.

Visuals Provided by: Kyle the Saint


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