TBD Fest Preview

tbd-fest-2014-1557452-regularComing on October 3rd, 4th, and 5th, Sacramento will be sonically assaulted by the biggest musical festival the 916 has yet to see.  From the makers of the Launch Festival comes to newly re-branded TBD Fest!

The Launch crew is seven years deep in experience with providing Sacramento with their SXSW-inspired festival.  For a number of years, Launch was a one day ordeal.  In 2012, Launch expanded into a two-day extravaganza.  Last year, Launch was a two-day party at Cesar Chavez Park, with a pre-party being held the Friday before at Ace of Spades.  Those three days last year was probably the most fun, enhancing, and artistically filled days of my life on the best coast.  Last saw headlining acts of Wallpaper on Friday at the pre-Launch Party at Ace of Spades, and Girl Talk and Imagine Dragons on Saturday and Sunday night at Cesar Chavez Park in Downtown Sacramento.   [Read more…]

DJ Mappquest’s SXSW 2014 Preview

South by Southwest 2014 LogoSXSW. Some people love it, while the rest never heard of it.

What is it?
South by Southwest, known in abbreviated text form as SXSW, is the Mecca of movie and music – a festival of almost all festivals. Very few festivals reach the pinnacle that SXSW reaches. Being that I work for a radio station, and an all-around music lover, I am by far more interested in the music side of the festival than the film. The official music portion of SXSW lasts almost a week! [Read more…]

Album Review – Capital Cities’ “In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery”

Album Review – Capital Cities’ “In A Tidal Wave of Mystery”
By: Josue “Josh” Alvarez Mapp (a.k.a. DJ Mappquest)

In February of 2013, I had no idea who or what Capital Cities was. I’m sure I saw their self-titled EP sitting on the hot shelf of KSSU. But I glazed over it on to other things. In late March, however, I would, coincidentally, see Capital Cities perform live at SXSW. Now don’t get it twisted, I did not go to Empire Automotive to see Capital Cities, nor did I go for Dead Sara who followed Capital Cities, but I went early since I couldn’t get in to a few other venues before I ended up seeing Wallpaper. close the lineup at Empire Automotive. Their performance at SXSW got me hooked. I would later play quite a few tracks off their Capital Cities EP during March and April. My issue was, five songs wasn’t enough.

On June 4th, 2013, Capital Cities will release “In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery” – their debut album. “In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery” features their five tracks from the Capital Cities EP plus seven fresh tracks for you to enjoy. [Read more…]

Hot New Music for Anyone Who Enjoys Having Fun

Hey all,

My name is DJ Doza and I am a DJ of mostly rap music for KSSU this Spring. I am writing this short blog to tell you all about one of my favorite acts in music right now. In the future, I will most likely stick to discussing rap music, but right now I just have to tell you about my friend’s awesome band that is blowing up real big, you gotta check him out.

His name is Ricky Reed and he is the lead singer/mastermind/quintessential doodoo face GENIUS behind the massively gargantuan super-group called “Wallpaper.

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SXSW with DJ Mappquest

What is SXSW? It is a film, interactive, and musical festival held annually in Austin, Texas – the music capital.

What do you do there? Too much to say. But to name a few, attend lectures, sessions, seminars to learn a few new things, attend panels to hear what the experts in the field have to say, see exhibition halls filled with tons of businesses and artists and what they have to provide, make and/or watch film/products, and, what I did primarily, go to showcases and concerts for MANY artists. You can also network with like-minded individuals and other professionals, make new friends, and much more. [Read more…]

Music Review: Wallpaper. in Concert – December 30th, 2011

Music Review: Wallpaper. in Concert – December 30th, 2011
By: Josue “Josh” Alvarez Mapp (a.k.a. DJ Mappquest)

 On December 30th, 2011, I had the great pleasure of returning to a location I never knew I was already at.  Since my time attending Sacramento State, I have heard of Ace of Spades.  Little did I know 1417 R St, Sacramento, CA use to be Empire, a club my friends and I traveled to from my old community college in Stockton.  But yes, Ace of Spades has been bring tons of shows to Sacramento and it has been awesome.  I have just been so busy that I haven’t been able to attend.  But not this past week I wasn’t!  As an avid Wallpaper. fan, I had to be there.  And I was.  Before Wallpaper., Chaotic Fusion opened up the show, followed by Los Rakas.

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Music Review: Mac Miller – “Blue Slide Park”

Music Review: Mac Miller – “Blue Slide Park”
By: Josue “Josh” Alvarez Mapp (a.k.a. DJ Mappquest)

“Blue Slide Park” was just released on November 8th.  This has been a long time  coming.  Up until yesterday, most people only heard Mac Miller from his various mixtapes, such as “Best Day Ever” that came out earlier this year, “K.I.D.S.”, and “The Jukebox: Prelude to Class Clown.”  If you haven’t heard those mixtapes, go look them up.  Get on it now so you can school your friends who say, “Dude, have you heard this new guy named Mac Miller?  He just came out and he’s dope.”  And you’ll be like, “Bro, Mac Miller has been spittin’ since 2007.  I heard his mixtapes, where were you?”

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Music Review – “#STUPiDFACEDD” by Wallpaper.

Music Review – “#STUPiDFACEDD” by Wallpaper.
By: Josue “Josh” Alvarez Mapp (a.k.a. DJ Mappquest)

So there is a new sound that just came out by Wallpaper. They hail from my slice of the world, California, and more accurately, the bay area (which I have an affinity with, and its music – hyphy, yee!).  Granted, Wallpaper. is not rappin’ like it is a hyphy album.  Their music is more acceptable past the West coast. [Read more…]