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1 Aug


Tonight is our 6th annual 2 v 2 b-boy battle Uptown Get Down. Hope everyone can make it!


4 Apr



Saturday, April 19 marks the 7th annual Record Store Day celebration and this year’s party is going to be bigger than ever before! Nohokai Productions and Q103 have teamed up to provide us with our biggest RSD guest ever, Blackalicious‘ own Gift of Gab!! Also performing are
Flashdrive, The Minorities, Free to Fly, DjBlast, DJ Boomshot, DJ Jay. P and Joralien!!

Also featuring:
Extremely limited edition vinyl releases, special Peanuts edition Crosley turntables, 808 ALL DAY x LIGHT SLEEPERS RSD t-shirt drop, store-wide sale prices, swag bags, loads of free CDs and goodies, giveaways and MUCH, MUCH MORE!


Rock Rock Lava Rock- Afrika Bambaataa Hawaii Tour!

15 Dec

Party people… Can y’all get funky?




AFRIKA BAMBAATAA performing LIVE, bringing Planet Rock to our rock, Saturday, February 22nd, 2014.

Where: Stella Blues Café, S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753
When: Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
Show: 9:00pm (21+)
Price: $35.00 GA (In advance + applicable fees)

Tickets on Sale At: / / Local Motion Stores / Request Music / Westside Vibes / Stella Blues

Snoop Dogg Cuts the Cheese

2 Dec

At last, Snoop Dogg seems to be on the right path. It’s been a while since he’s done a project that didn’t seem to involve a corny gimmick of some sort. Leave it to DâM FunK and Stones Throw Records to finally (although probably not permanently) put him back on the right path. Enter 7 Days of Funk, a dive back into that true G-Funk sound. The new album arrives at our shop, and all music retailers who know whats up, on 12/10/13!

Honolulu Pulse features Brendan!

26 Nov

BY ERIN SMITH / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Every once in a while when you’re sitting on a bench waiting for an appointment and scrolling through your Facebook feed, you encounter a whip-smart post from a “friend” that makes you laugh out loud. It’s a welcome break from the political rants, photos of lunches and passive-aggressive emo posts that are the norm on Facebook these days — although I do love a good sandwich shot every now and again.

In my social media stream, often it’s Maui-based, multi-faceted smarty-pants Brendan Smith (no relation) who provides comic relief that is so appreciated during my day.

Among his Twitter gems in the past month:

“Never seen so many haoles making the ‘How’s these stupid haoles?’ face.”

“Buying vowels on Hawaiian ‘Wheel of Fortune’ would SUCK.”

“Do you realize how confusing it is to keep Nicki Minaj’s Kmart collection next to their Halloween costumes?”

“I’d mainly like to go to the fair to shoot some candid photos, but that shouldn’t be done alone by a guy with facial hair.”

“I was just told that I sound like a slimmer version of Jonah Hill. I’m baffled as to how I should take that.”

Clever, always on point, jovial and able to laugh at himself as well as the rest of the world – that’s Brendan. But what does he do, besides out-Tweet the rest of us? And what gems of wisdom does he have for us this holiday season?

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You can usually find him promoting concerts and working with Oahu-based promoters BAMP Project to help take care of their artists while on Maui, popping and locking his face off on a dance floor, running the show at Daddy-O’s Barber Shop and manning the eclectic and fantastic floor at Requests Music in Wailuku. Yes, a REAL record store. With a basement full of vinyl.

Curious to see what albums stand out to him this holiday season, I checked with Brendan to get his recommendations on the top albums of 2013. We can all use a little help choosing how to spend those holiday iTunes gift certificates.

“Certainly Robin Thicke, Daft Punk and Bruno Mars all had ‘the song of the summer,’ somehow simultaneously,” he said. “So there’s no point in me mentioning them here. To be honest, I only purchased one of those three selections. This is a list of albums I loved this year.”

» “Reflector,” Arcade Fire: Following an Album of the Year Grammy for 2010’s Suburbs, AF deliver us another gem. Reflektor sounds new, yet true to their sound. People may actually dance to this at a party. This will make your kids think you’re hip.

» “The Next Day,” David Bowie: Yes, David Bowie recorded a new album. Yes, it is fantastic.

» “13,” Black Sabbath: See Bowie description above.

» “Wise Up Ghost and Other Songs,” Elvis Costello & The Roots: Is it any surprise this combination turned out great? No, not really. This one covers just about anyone on your list.

» “Tetra,” C2C: A turntablist album you may not realize is a turntablist album. From electro sweeps to hip-hop cuts and even chopped up American gospel, this French DJ group covers a wide array of amazing sounds. Play this loud.

» “Event 2,” Deltron 3030: Prepare for blast off. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Kid Koala and Dan the Automator are together again to take you on another trip of crazy lyricism, sick production and some perfectly placed cameos (Zack de la Rocha, where you been?!). Besides, most rap these days is just too serious.

» “Days Are Gone,” Haim: These three sisters will leave you doing the “Love Is a Battlefield” shoulder dance. Their music is the perfect amount of pop, without crossing into the obnoxious or cheesy zone.

» “Pure Heroine,” Lorde: Chances are you’re sick of her massive hit, “Royals.” The good news? This young Kiwi has nine additional tracks for you to devour. On top of the great sound, this album is also pretty astounding lyrically. When I was 16, my writing consisted of rehashed book reports I had written the year prior.

» “Color Map of the Sun,” Pretty Lights: An electronic album made with analog methods. Live bands playing breaks and singers with out of context lyrics, recorded and rearranged by an imaginative Colorado producer. Also, check out his production on “All of These Lights,” the first single of the upcoming album from The Grouch & Eligh.

» “Woman,” Rhye: Time to put the kids to bed. This duo is silky, sexy and sensationally Sade-esque. I’ll leave it at that.

» “Isles,” Wild Belle: Long lost offshoot of Santigold, perhaps? No, but she totally fell in love with them on her visit to Maui. This duo creates a reggae-laced soundscape far beyond what you’d expect from a brother and sister raised in a Chicago suburb. Jawaiian bands, take note: you can play reggae-influenced music without bastardizing it’s original sound. Who knew?

For more from Brendan Smith, follow him on Twitter.
Erin Smith is a singer and guitarist who performs as a solo artist and with Maui-based Na Hoku Hanohano Award-nominated band The Throwdowns. Born in Canada, she moved to Hawaii in 2004 and now resides in Kailua. Contact her via e-mail or follow her on Twitter

via Honolulu Pulse’s Heels & Picks

Winter Music Swell

10 Oct

Normally winter in Maui just means more rain, bigger waves and girls in Uggs. However, local promoters BAMP Project and T-Rex Entertainment are seeing to it that our winner will also be filled with amazing music. From Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame’rs to reggae legends, and everything in between, winter is shaping up to sound sweeter than honey! Here’s some of the lineup:

First off, legendary New Orleans Pianist Allen Toussaint!

First off, legendary New Orleans Pianist Allen Toussaint!

Global soul and rhythm master Quantic live at Charley's Halloween Night

Global soul and rhythm master Quantic live at Charley’s Halloween Night

Muli-talented Aussie musician Xavier Rudd live at Iao Theater in Wailuku.

Muli-talented Aussie musician Xavier Rudd live at Iao Theater in Wailuku.

Hip Hops young and sharp tongued Odd Future performing at the Castle Theater.

Hip Hops young and sharp tongued Odd Future performing at the Castle Theater.

Beach bums Slightly Stoopid with Reggae Great Barrington Levy at the A&B Amphitheater.

Beach bums Slightly Stoopid with Reggae Great Barrington Levy at the A&B Amphitheater.

Unique and outstanding reggae rootsmen Groundation with Abyssinians performing at the MACC

Unique and outstanding reggae rootsmen Groundation with Abyssinians performing at the MACC

That’s the Ticket

21 Aug

With just over a week to go before the Zion I, Grouch, Eligh & Murs show we’re already down to less than a dozen presale tickets left! Don’t sleep!!


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