Futuristic's Chasing Down a Dream Expands the Phoenix Rapper's Broad Appeal

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Listen, I'm a sore loser and a sore winner. I used to cry after losing my elementary school chess matches, which thankfully directed me away from competitive pawn-pushing and into the soothing subjectivity of the arts. However, I also love to gloat when proved right: I put my chips down on Tempe rap prankster Futuristic last year as a local artist to keep an eye on, and he's back with a promising new album.

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-Futuristic: Tempe Rapper Isn't Afraid to Dream Big

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Scott Gesser Brings "Delightfully Offensive Acoustic Standup" to Soul Invictus This Weekend with I'll Be Your Beard

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Photo courtesy Scott Gesser
We had to begin our first 2013 conversation with comic singer/songwriter Scott Gesser by following up on his New Year's resolution for 2012. So did he, as he vowed from Soul Invictus' stage in November 2011, get more pussy in the new year?

"Probably about the same amount," Gesser tells Up on the Sun. "It's nice being in a relationship, because you always know who to ask. I'm actually doing a duet with her." (The fully clothed, musical type of duet, we figure.)

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DJ Element Performing One Final Gig at The Blunt Club in Late February

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Logan "DJ Element" Howard
We once asked local turntablism guru Logan Howard to approximate how many gigs he's performed over the course of his 16-year stint as DJ Element. While he wasn't able to answer the question exactly -- which you can't fault him for, considering the staggering length of his career -- but estimated it was "somewhere in the thousands."

On February 28, you can add one more performance to that hazy total, and it's probably one of the biggest of the bunch, since it will be Howard's swan song as DJ Element.

See also:
- DJ Element Announces His Retirement
- DJ Element on Timing, DJ Quik, and Repping the Southwest
- Best Hip-Hop DJ (2012): DJ Element

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KUKQ Holds "Q Family Gathering" and Live Broadcast at Pub Rock on Friday Night

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If you don't have any plans for Labor Day Weekend, then you obviously live under a rock...or are one of those agoraphobics or shut-ins. There's no shortage of concerts and club gigs to attend over the next four days, whether it's any of the dance events starring some big-name DJs visiting the Valley or the wealth of indie rock and hip-hop shows.

The cats at KUKQ also have something going on over at Pub Rock in Scottsdale, which we're expecting will soon become their new favorite local spot. The online radio station will hold a "Q Family Gathering" tomorrow night at the recently rebooted bar and music venue, which includes a live broadcast and chances to score some prizes.

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Macy Gray Performs Special DJ Set Tonight at W Scottsdale Hotel's WET Deck

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Macy Gray DJs at the posh Time Supper Club in Montreal.
The DJ booth up on the W Scottsdale Hotel's WET Deck will host a special guest spin session tonight, and its someone you might not normally associate with the world of turntables and club nights.

Grammy-winning R&B singer Macy Gray will dialing up tracks on the mixers during her set this evening during the W's Thursday Night Swim and "Carribbean Cool Down" party. And best of all, you won't have to pay the usual Old Town cover charges to witness her set, as admission is free.

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EDC 2012: Coachella or Electric Daisy Carnival: Which One is Better?

Categories: Coachella , Events

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See also: Our Complete Coachella Coverage

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Slideshow -- EDC Day 2

Dance music is coming to an arena near you: Kaskade will be the first DJ ever to play Staples Center (July 27). And mainstream concert promoters such as Live Nation are diving into the electronic dance explosion.

Electric Daisy Carnival, which is being held this weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, is the ultimate big stage for DJs. These larger-than-life dance titans, many of whom find as many fans via radio as they do in clubs, provide an over-the-top experience.

It was Coachella that introduced electronic dance music to the contemporary alt-rock crowd, even as EDC brought DJs to the masses. So which is king of the EDM concert world?

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Sadisco* to Invade Sanctum Tonight, Kicking Off a Summer Full of Mayhem

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DJ Squalor of Sadisco*

Fans of ultra-bizarre DJ collective/party crew Sadisco* have probably jonesing for fix of industrial music and mayhem lately. After all, it's been more than nine months since Fight Club Sadisco*, their most recent event, took place last June.

The drought, however, is about to come to an end.

The Sadisco* crew not only is making a appearance at tonight's edition of Fallout.Shelter at Sanctum, it's gearing up for two brutal events during the upcoming summer.

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Harold Aceves, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Country Joe & The Fish Drummer, to Be Remembered at Sail Inn

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Harold Aceves, drumming for The Hobbit in 1966.
"Top of the Morning," the 1966 single by Phoenix garage rockers The Hobbit starts off with a simple rhythm, the sound of a clamped high-hat tapping out a simple 4/4 beat. Then it blows up: white boy soul vocals, bobbing and weaving organ, clanging guitars, and racing bass, all the while anchored by forceful, dead simple drums.

Harold Aceves was the guy behind the kit, and on Monday, February 27, he passed away. But not before living a life full of music -- after his garage rock days in Phoenix he made his way out to San Francisco, where he played with Country Joe & The Fish and Quicksilver Messenger Service. Eventually he found his way back to the Valley, and where he was a staple at downtown Tempe hangout the Sail Inn.

That's where his friends will gather on Sunday, April 15, to remember him and raise money for his mother Olivia. Restless Natives, Steve Larson, Ruth Wilson, Mansaray Blue Pony, Charles and Dylan Bond, legendary Phoenix bluesman Hans Olson, and The Noodles featuring Country Joe and the Fish guitarist Barry "The Fish" Melton will perform in Aceves' honor.

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2012 RPM Challenge: Who Completed an Entire Album in February?

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See also: 2012 RPM Challenge: Five Valley Artists (And Yours Truly) Attempt to Record an Album in One Month

With the extra day provided by leap year, four of the seven Valley artists we tracked for this year's RPM Challenge were able to record an entire album from start to finish. That would be Sha-Pink, EPISODES, one Serene Dominic, and Tannix, who completed the album but, failing to mail it into RPM Challenge headquarters, is not being recognized as a finisher (more on that later).

Among the three non-finishers were Mike Skullbuster, who groused, "I couldn't get my four track going. The good news is I have a bunch of good new songs. Sorry." QUIBIQ bowed out because of remixing obligations and the concurrent recording of this year's Sha-Pink album, Thriller. The Feisty Felines' album was a non-starter after a computer crashed and the initial work was lost. Undaunted, Andrew Jemsek made a four-song solo EP during a marathon session four days after the Challenge ended and will be on hand to share the results at the RPM Listening Party this Thursday, March 8, at the Bikini Lounge, which will give all you participants a chance to reshare some cuts and give some hastily pressed CD-Rs away.

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Korn's Jonathan Davis Brings his J Devil Dubstep Act to Crescent Ballroom Tonight

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Jonathan Davis (a.k.a. J Devil)

As any DJ-producer hyphenate will tell you, it takes a huge investment of both time and money to get into the beat-crafting game. It also helps to have some primo equipment and a few skilled and savvy mentors to help guide the way if you have any hopes of becoming an electronica artist of any importance whatsoever.

Needless to say, Jonathan Davis of Korn possessed all of these things when he was becoming his DJ alter ego J Devil: Plenty of downtime between albums to twiddle with knobs and settings on digital audio programs, a rock star salary, and guidance from such dubstep gurus as Datsik and Skrillex.

Hence, his side gig laying dubstep doom and gloom on Korn crowd's before concerts and at various nightclub appearances, both of which he'll do tonight at both Comerica Theatre (when the nu-metal pioneers perform) and later at The Path of Totality afterparty at Crescent Ballroom.

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