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April 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM

The Doggfather and his Dogg-sessor at WaMu

L.A. gangster rap innovator Snoop Dogg is like a modern-day Willie Nelson, recognized for his celebrity and unswerving marijuana activism almost as equally as his musical accomplishments. Along with a catalog of hits 20-plus years deep, he’s bringing along frequent collaborator and movie co-star Wiz Khalifa (who’s working on becoming a Snoop Dogg-level stoner-rap icon…

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October 6, 2013 at 5:40 PM

In its first year, Macefield goes hard on hip-hop

Tacoma's ILLFIGHTYOU, who played the Macefield festival Saturday, Oct. 5 in Ballard. (Photo courtesy ILLFIGHTYOU)

Tacoma’s ILLFIGHTYOU, who played the Macefield festival Saturday, Oct. 5 in Ballard. (Photo courtesy ILLFIGHTYOU)

Last night the first Macefield Music Festival — once known as the Seattle Weekly’s Reverb Fest – brought some of Seattle’s brightest talents in beats and raps to Ballard’s Sunset Tavern. While the Weekly’s Reverb often had plenty of local indie/guitar-based offerings, it often fell way short of a well-rounded bill in this department, and Macefield’s organizers should be commended for booking three of the city’s best producers — Kid Smpl, Vox Mod and Keyboard Kid — and three heavy-hitting, fast-rising rap acts — Key Nyata, Jarv Dee and ILLFIGHTYOU – all at the same venue.

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Comments | Topics: ILLFIGHTYOU, Jarv Dee, Key Nyata

October 4, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Macefield Music Festival showcases local bands

By Todd Hamm
Special to The Seattle Times

When The Seattle Weekly pulled the plug on its sixth Reverb local-music festival with a full roster of musicians still expecting to play, a group of Ballard-area folks (which includes former Reverb booker Kwab Copeland and KEXP DJ Hannah Levin) stepped in with the intention of continuing the lively spirit of the all-day event, seasoned with a few new ideas of their own.

Though still culled exclusively from the deep well of Puget Sound talent, the lineup for the rebranded Macefield Music Festival was held to 27, down from Reverb’s nearly 60 in recent years. The venues were also kept to a tighter radius, utilizing only three Ballard Avenue staples: Conor Byrne Pub, the Sunset Tavern and Tractor Tavern.

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Comments | More in Festivals, Folk, R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: I'll Fight You, Jarv Dee, Kid Simpl

July 26, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Block Party countdown Q&A: Jarv Dee on drunken Capitol Hill escapades and Moor Gang style

Jarv Dee

Jarv Dee (photo by Ivan Mrsic)

By Mike Ramos

In the last year or so, local rapper Jarv Dee has developed from Cloud Nice crew member and hypeman into one of the hardest-working, multifaceted artists in the city. From his modern take on Seattle street rap with Nacho Picasso and the Moor Gang (their crew of fellow rappers, producers and goons), to his perspective-laced experimental hip-hop approach with group Kingdom Crumbs, to the cruising, Southern rap lean on his breakout solo album Dopamine, Jarv takes on a combination of styles but somehow manages to never sound out of his lane. He found time to catch up with us the day before a quick trip to Alaska for a Kingdom Crumbs show.

Jarv Dee plays Capitol Hill Block Party Sunday at 6:20 p.m. on the Vera Stage.

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July 25, 2013 at 5:29 PM

It’s Capitol Hill Block Party time!

Jammed between chain-link fences on the bar- and venue-lined Pike Street, you push through a sweaty crowd while inhaling secondhand cigarette smoke, feeling the vibrations of amplified noise coming from all directions. As you approach the tucked-away VERA Stage (one of five stages) at Capitol Hill Block Party, a face-painted 22-year-old spills beer on your…

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Comments | More in Festivals | Topics: A-Trak, Capitol Hill Block Party, ILLFIGHTYOU