Posts tagged with "West coast"

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GirlzLuhDev – Leg or Arm

Inland Empire rapper GirlzLuhDev‘s latest sensual single “Leg or Arm” brings a bit of summer warmth to the depths of winter. The track, which is out now on Capitol Records, is built around soft keyboards and West Coast bounce that provide a canvas for Dev’s mischievous and fun vocals. Listen HERE.

The dizzy, intimate production of “Leg or Arm” feels like a dreamy afternoon in the California sun. It’s pure warmth, an escape from the troubles of the world. Dev flows like a breeze, sipping Shirley Temples, messing around with a girl, and playfully wondering if he’ll end up being talked about in her groupchat. When he croons about “riding round with blicky and designer clothes,” it sounds less like a threat than a positive affirmation. Dev places gangsta tropes in new contexts, making every bar feel like a celebration. He’s the fun-loving ball of energy and melody that rap needs, next in a lineage of West Coast rap-singers.

“Leg or Arm” follows a hot streak of memorable singles from Dev, including the pounding “Gas Me Up” and the somber “Dead Bro.” This track kicks off a new year for the 18-year-old rising star as he continues to build on the success that began with 2020’s “Tooka,” which launched him to the national stage and earned him a deal with Capitol. The game needs rappers as charismatic as Dev, and with each passing track, he’s proving that he’s rare indeed. Dev has amassed over 34 million streams in the U.S. alone.

About GirlzLuhDev

GirlzLuhDev is a rapper, singer, ex-basketball star, and quite possibly America’s next great hitmaker. Oh, and he’s a senior in high school. The 18-year-old artist from California’s Inland Empire is a year into making music but has already landed a viral hit, the raunchy but blissed out “Tooka.” Supported by simple beats and rich keys, he parlays his youthful energy into a bright blend of bars, warbled melodies, and ad-libs that sound like smack talk beamed down from a distant planet. Its sun-baked West Coast Street rap meets the wonky charm of a kid with nothing to lose. Signed to Capitol Records, Dev has his sights set on the national spotlight.

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Blxst – Chosen

Hip-hop star Blxst’s hit single “Chosen” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Tyga is now the #1 song at Rhythmic and Urban radio and is one of the only independent releases to top the charts at both formats this year. Released on Red Bull Records, the single has amassed over 300 million streams globally and earned Blxst his first RIAA Gold certification. 

“Chosen” has been a breakout single of the past year, breaking into the Billboard Hot 100 and peaking at #53. Last month, Blxst made his television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where he performed the track with Ty Dolla $ign. “Chosen” was also nominated for “Song of the Year” at the 2021 BET Soul Train Awards, with additional nominations for Blxst for “Best New Artist,” “Best R&B/Soul Male Artist,” and “Album of the Year” for his project No Love Lost

An undisputed artist to watch in 2021, the chart-topping news is the latest in a long list of accomplishments from the West Coast artist this year. Receiving praise from Billboard, Pitchfork, USA Today, and more, Blxst has garnered more than 900 million streams across his catalog globally and has been labeled as “LA’s newest talent.”

About Blxst

Blxst has architected a new era of West Coast hip-hop and culture by hand as not only a rapper, singer, songwriter, and producer but also as a creative visionary who mixes, masters, and self-edits his own videos and artwork. Back in high school, the South Central native taught himself how to produce and record, going on to collaborate with YG, Mozzy, Snoop Dogg, Nas, and more. Following a string of buzzing singles in 2019, he forged an ironclad creative partnership with Bino Rideaux on their first critically acclaimed Sixtape. In 2020, he partnered with Red Bull Records and unleashed his solo debut EP, No Love Lost, to unanimous tastemaker praise. Following release, it rose to #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart, #6 on the Rolling Stone Breakthrough 25 Chart, and #11 on the Trending 25 Chart, while the single “Overrated” soared to #15 at Urban radio.

The deluxe edition of No Love Lost yielded the smash “Chosen” (feat. Ty Dolla $ign and Tyga), earning over 300 million streams in less than a year while breaking into the Billboard Hot 100 and hitting #1 at Rhythmic and Urban radio. Pigeons & Planes crowned it “one of the best projects” of the year. Kickstarting 2021, he dropped the Just For Clarity two-pack and Sixtape 2 with Bino Rideaux. He also earned the Billboard Rising Star Award, becoming the first artist to ever receive the honor at the 2021 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Summit. With excitement at a boiling point, he sold out his entire fall 2021 No Love Lost Tour in ten seconds. With over half-a-billion streams, claiming a place in XXL’s coveted 2021 Freshman Class, selected as an Amazon Breakthrough Artist, and pegged as an “Artist to Watch” by Billboard, Complex, Pigeons & Planes, UPROXX, and more, he continues to traffic in a lane of his own, bringing the game with him.

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Kyle Banks × Bino Rideaux – On Me

R&B artist Kyle Banks features fellow LA musician and Def Jam artist Bino Rideaux for his latest single “On Me.” The single is out now via Red Bull Records, stream HERE. The recent drop of “On Me” is the latest from Banks’ upcoming EP Uncommon, set to release in early 2022.

Banks discusses his creative vision for the track, stating “On Me” is about feeling good, feeling fly. When you’re stepping out with your crew for the night, you got that sauce on you, and you’re attracting attention.” The West Coast inspired beat on the track is produced by Grammy-nominated producer Meez and Travis Marsh.

Banks joins Roc Nation recording artist Kalan.FrFr this fall for his West Coast tour TwoFR Tour. Banks supports Kalan.FrFr on stops in Sacramento, Oakland, San Diego and more throughout November. The tour is scheduled to conclude in back-to-back hometown shows at Los Angeles’ The Novo. Tour dates are below, and to purchase tickets visit https://kalanfrfr.com.

TwoFR 2021 North American Tour Dates

Nov 6 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Atrium (at Catalyst) *
Nov 7 – Fresno, CA @ Strummer’s *
Nov 12 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Nov 13 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
Nov 14 – Las Vegas, NV @ Day N Vegas Festival
Nov 16 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s *
Nov 17 – Oakland, CA @ New Parish *
Nov 20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Aura *
Nov 21 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues *
Nov 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo *
Nov 24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo *
* – Date featuring Kyle Banks

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India Shawn – To Change My Mind

India Shawn returns with a new music video for To Change My Mind from her latest EP BEFORE WE GO.

She recently paved the way for the project with the single “DON’T PLAY WITH MY HEART.” Right out of the gate, it amassed over 2 million-plus streams and counting. Attracting praise, NPR described it as “70s nostalgia at its finest, with a stank-face inducing bassline, and demanded, “Stop playing with our fragile hearts and drop that album!” Meanwhile, YouKnowIGotSoul raved, “‘Don’t Play With My Heart’ is another record that brings us back to the era of great singing and live production, and Rated R&B wrote, “the glimmering track is dipped in equal amounts of funk and soul, giving a slight nod to the disco era.

Beyond “DON’T PLAY WITH MY HEART” and previously released powerhouse singles Too Sweet” [feat. Unknown Mortal Orchestra], “Movin’ On” [feat. Anderson .Paak], and “NOT TOO DEEP” [feat. 6lack], Before We Go boasts two new tracks. “Superfine” represents a moment of confidence as she chooses herself over an ex above a head- nodding beat uplifted by guitar. Then, there’s “To Change My Mind.” Her dynamic vocals entwine with ethereal production before another hypnotic hook takes hold. The EP Right now, India is supporting Mayer Hawthorne on the Rare Changes Tour across North America. It stops in Brooklyn tomorrow night, rolls through major cities in the Midwest, and comes to a close with a hometown gig in Los Angeles on December 2. Check out the remaining dates below!

Experience Before We Go and more to come from India Shawn very soon.

TOUR DATES:

11/16 Detroit, MI at El Club

11/18 Chicago, IL at The Park West

11/19 Minneapolis, MN at The Fine Line 

11/20 Kansas City, MO at The Truman

11/22 Denver, CO at The Summit Music Hall

11/23 Salt Lake City, UT at The Depot 

11/26 Seattle, WA at The Showbox

11/27 Portland, OR at Wonder Ballroom

11/29 San Francisco, CA at Bimbo’s 365 Club

12/2 Los Angeles, CA at The Wiltern

ABOUT INDIA SHAWN

You want to get to know India Shawn? Listen to her music. Lyrically, the Los Angeles singer and songwriter discloses the secrets of her life, relationships, trials, tribulations, and triumphs with the candor of a late-night chat among best friends where nothing is off limits. Sonically, she projects these personal musings through a kaleidoscope of stoned R&B twisted up with West Coast spirit and otherworldly ambition. You’ll find her in the space between real talk and unreal soundscapes. Launching her career in the writing collective Full Circle, she initially made waves behind-the-scenes as a songwriter with cuts for Chris Brown, Diddy-Dirty Money, El DeBarge, and Keri Hilson. In between performing in Kanye West’s Sunday Service and touring with Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals, she entranced audiences with independent solo releases such as Origin and Outer Limits, developing a soulful and seductive style of her own. After gathering over 20 million streams and inciting applause from NPR, Billboard, HYPEBEAST, Noisey, and UPROXX, she opens up like never before on her Before We Go EP [Epic Records] and much more to come.

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Kyle Banks – Bad Bih

Red Bull Records is thrilled to announce the latest artist to join its roster, rising R&B singer Kyle Banks. The West Coast crooner has established himself as a formidable new voice, previously collaborating with fellow LA artists such as Bino Rideaux, Cozz, and Kalan.. 

To commemorate his signing, Banks kicks off this new chapter with the release of his first label single, “Bad Bih.” Produced by GRAMMY Award-nominated duo Meez and LouieJi–known for their work off Dreamville’s Revenge of the Dreamers III–the single is laden with palpable charisma and slick swagger, opening with a smooth guitar riff and an infectious hook. 

“Kyle Banks lives his craft and brings exceptional talent to Red Bull Records. Our A&R team continues to identify groundbreaking talent as our Vice President, Charles “CB” Burks, believed in Kyle’s work and potential,” says Senior Vice President/Head of A&R, Kenny ‘Tick’ Salcido, of the signing. “With Kyle’s incredible production team, a great voice, and skill for writing authentic lyrics, we have a recipe for a career artist.”

“‘Bad Bih’ is about coming up with that one person who experiences you going from your lowest to your highest,” says Kyle Banks about his inspiration behind the track. “It’s a ‘rags to riches’ story, and being loyal makes you a bad B.”

Banks has also released the cinematic music video for “Bad Bih,” which draws from his own experiences of being Black in America. Directed by Blu, the video switches back and forth between intimate, sun-drenched scenes of Kyle and his love interest, juxtaposed in stark contrast against video and camera footage of Kyle as he’s pulled over by a police officer and subjected to harassment and racial profiling. 

About Kyle Banks

Rather than traffic in a pre-existing lane, Kyle Banks paves a path of his own, twisting up R&B with laidback West Coast bounce, unapologetic ambition, and show-stopping vocals. The Los Angeles native cinematically spins true underdog stories with no shortage of detail, allowing you to pull up alongside him. His independent debut single “Time Go” gained traction, and he opened for Phora’s Love Is Hell tour. In 2020, he lit up the game with his EP Green Light, and critical acclaim followed with RESPECT. Magazine dubbing him a “rising R&B star.” After independently amassing hundreds of thousands of streams and views, Banks signed to Red Bull Records in the wake of his success and is set to showcase his inimitable and irresistibly captivating style on a series of singles and a project debut later this year.

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HALL Wines in Napa Valley Heads to Guana Island (BVI)

Guana Island, the award-winning resort in the British Virgin Islands, is collaborating with renowned California wine brand, HALL Wines, to offer a three-day Wine Program from January 12 – 14, 2022. The program will bring some of HALL’s most celebrated vintages as well as its Director of Winemaking, Megan Gunderson, to Guana for a dynamic program for travelers and food- and wine-lovers alike.

The HALL team will work closely with Guana’s Executive Chef to prepare a program celebrating the flavors of the California wines alongside the island’s natural bounty. Director of Winemaking for HALL Wines, Megan Gunderson, will work with the culinary team to create special menu pairings inspired by the flavors of Guana. She will also personally pour wines from across the HALL Family Wine brands portfolio including HALL, WALT and BACA Wines, and be available to chat with guests about the brand’s extensive West Coast vineyards, and the winemaking process.

The Guana culinary team will be creating new menus for the program, pulling as many ingredients as possible from the island’s orchard, including fresh herbs, fruits, vegetables and microgreens. The four-acre orchard has been recently expanded to include three new greenhouses and is home to tropical fruits such as breadfruit, soursop, and papaya as well as more exotic items such as lemongrass and pomegranate. Guana guests also enjoy fresh fish from the surrounding waters, including grouper, yellowfin tuna and mahi-mahi.

The three-day program will kick off with a Beach BBQ pairing Caribbean-inspired flavors with WALT Wines, known for single vineyard Pinot Noirs, complemented by live music from a local band. The following day, Gunderson and Guana General Manager Jason du Plessis will host a formal al fresco dinner, offering tastes of some of the most celebrated bottles from the HALL wine collection, including the bold Cabernets for which they are known. Gunderson will be on-hand to personally discuss each vintage, guiding guests through an educational and flavorful evening. The program will conclude the following day, with a guided tour of the orchard and an invitation to try some lesser-known vintages, matching HALL Wines with just-picked produce and tropical fruits that are only found in the Caribbean.

HALL and WALT Wines offered during the immersive experience will be available to order throughout the program. As with all visits to Guana, meals and activities prepared as part of the wine program will be included in the cost of a room. Rates at Guana start at $890 per night.

ABOUT GUANA ISLAND

One of the few private islands in its part of the world, Guana remains the most unspoiled jewel of the British Virgin Islands. Our 850 acres, seven beaches, mountains, gardens, organic orchard, dozens of hiking trails, and even our flock of flamingos are the exclusive domain of a handful of guests for the duration of their stay. In this setting, where the sparkling Caribbean meets the vast Atlantic, you’ll find first-class dining, accommodations, and service in a tradition of low-key luxury perfected through nearly a century of family stewardship. For more information or reservations, visit the Guana website or call (800) 544-8262.

ABOUT HALL FAMILY WINES

HALL Family Wines produces high quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel under the HALL, WALT and BACA brand monikers. Owned by Craig and Kathryn Hall, the family-owned winery produces artisan wines that express the unique and diverse character of the wine country’s soils and climates through meticulous attention to detail in the vineyards and throughout the winemaking process. The family’s luxury wine portfolio, led by Winemaker Megan Gunderson sources fruit from some of the most prominent vineyards up and down the West Coast and includes eleven Estate vineyards– Sacrashe, Bergfeld, Hardester, T Bar T Ranch, Atlas Peak, Rainin, Dellar-Freidkin, Cook, Bob’s Ranch, Clos Pepe and The Corners. The HALL St. Helena winery was the first LEED® Gold Certified Winery in the State of California in 2009 and earned another LEED® Gold certification for its high-tech production facility and Tasting Room in 2014. Since the inception of HALL in 1995, the three luxury wine brands have earned over 600 ratings of 90 points or above from the industries top critics, including five 100-point scores from the industry’s most notable wine critics. Visit Hall Wines, Walt Wines and Baca Wines for more information, or call 707-967-2626.

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WALLIE THE SENSEI – GOLDEN CHILD

COMPTON’S WALLIE THE SENSEI IS POETIC & RIVETING ON “GOLDEN CHILD” AND “BOMPTON 2 BALABASAS” ACOUSTIC STREET PERFORMANCE

Vulnerable, raw and untamed perfectly describe Compton native Wallie The Sensei, who’s latest musical effort “Golden Child” is out today. The 17-track mixtape which includes his breakout single “Scandalous” is heavily influenced by Wallie’s California roots and sonically redefines the legendary west coast sound. “Bompton 2 Balabasas” Acoustic Street performance here.

From start to finish, Wallie takes his listeners on a journey through his hometown of Compton where he speaks on his struggle to survive the cutthroat streets while always in pursuit of money, success and all the sweet things life has to offer. Make no mistake, Golden Child isn’t a story of tragedy, but a story of triumph, hustle and ultimately defeating a system designed for Wallie to fail.

Golden Child comes on the heels of Wallie’s “03 Flow” single which currently has over half a million views and over 1.5 million US streams. A true labor of love, 03 Flow pays homage to Watts native and fellow recording artist 03 Greedo who is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence. 03 Flow has quickly become a fan favorite, taking on a life on its own with radio support, consistent increase in streams and critical praises from music peers like PnB Rock, industry heavyweights, radio DJs & more. On the record Wallie passionately sings “niggas playing like they demons, they don’t really mean it, choppa spray like we cleanin, bodies dropping on that cement” Wallie’s passion is intently felt on the song and has become the heart of the Golden Child project.

Golden Child also includes Wallie’s team-up with Detroit powerhouse 42 Dugg on the enthralling remix of Wallie’s own hit single “Scandalous.” The two trade bars with ease and confidence, as Wallie offers up some of his most lucid lines, recounting the struggles of success and the haters who would come for his head. Additional stand out tracks include “Lamb,” the lush throwback finds Wallie effortlessly singing over a buttery beat, showcasing his one-of-a-kind flow and knack for incisive lyrics about his come-up. “B*tch, nobody had it in my fam, I put my foot down,” he sings. “Put my other foot down like I could drive this car, let the motherf***kin hood down.” In Lamb, Wallie walks recollects his life’s trajectory beginning with his time on the streets, his narratives are poetic and detailed, rivaling rap’s most vivid writers.

Since the release of Wallie the Sensei’s No Love EP at the beginning of 2020, he’s quickly become a West Coast artist to watch. Respect magazine praised the “Scandalous” video for showcasing Compton’s “camaraderie, hustle, and rawness,” while Rosecrans Ave highlighted Wallie’s storytelling abilities, saying he is “providing guidance to those who come after” with his pain-stricken tales. After the hit of the “Scandalous” remix, Wallie the Sensei’s proved that his skyrocketing success is no fluke. Golden Child is poised to reach even more open-minded listeners. It’s full of anthems for hustling Cali natives and anyone who craves a little bit of glow-up magic.  

Golden Child Track List:

  1. Lamb
  2. 03 Flow
  3. B Please Pt. 2 (ft. Nebula Swavey)
  4. Fallin Apart
  5. Bompton 2 Balabasas
  6. Get Freaky
  7. Cuisine (ft. Nebula Swavey)
  8. Upgrade
  9. Break (ft. Prell)
  10. Looking For (ft. Doley Bernays & Glockboyz Teejae)
  11. Black Dwarf
  12. Sage
  13. Falling
  14. Konfessions
  15. Stop Ballin
  16. Scandalous
  17. Scandalous (Remix) (ft. 42 Dug)
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ARTIST KATE VARGAS SHARES NEW ALBUM – RUMPUMPO

“Kate Vargas’ ‘Glorieta to the Holy Place’ creaks and sighs with otherworldly atmosphere” – Rolling Stone

“Frequently labeled as ‘junkyard folk,’ Vargas’ work is marked with deep intention, frequently emerging as some of the most ‘honest, authentic’ in the Americana scene.” – American Songwriter

“Eccentric experimental indie darling Kate Vargas explores anxiety, sobriety, the dark side of humans and their flaws in her music.” – Atwood

“Vargas is definitely a dynamic addition to any musicians-to-watch list” – Elmore Magazine

“quirky phrasing, erotic substratum” – Robert Christgau, Noisey

“Her poetic lyricism is rooted in the folklore and storytelling” – NPR

“There is an unlimited amount of potential in this superstar on the rise” – The Huffington Post

Listen to Rumpumpo here.

The New York City-based, New Mexico native shares her album Rumpumpo with the world. Kate Vargas, the “junkyard folk” artist, has put aside the party for meditation, yoga, clean eating, and a fresh perspective on life as she hones in on her music.

Weeks before Vargas was scheduled to record her new album, the pandemic struck. At an impasse, she struggled to move forward in her craft. Months later, in a conversation with a friend about feeling stuck, he stated Newton’s First Law: “An object in motion stays in motion and an object at rest stays at rest unless acted upon by an outside force,” which subsequently inspires the first single and title track off her album, “Rumpumpo.”

Rumpumpo features the previously released singles “Church of Misdirection,” and “Glorieta to the Holy Place”, an ode to her home of New Mexico that celebrates the pilgrimage to Chimayo. Each year, thousands of people travel over 30 miles to El Santuario de Chimayo on Good Friday to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus. The church is said to have healing powers, particularly the sand inside. Vargas sings about a young girl who hears of this holy place and takes it upon herself to make the pilgrimage for the sake of her suffering family amidst the pandemic.

With Rumpumpo, Vargas continues her meteoric rise with songs that stir the emotional cauldron, blazing a genre-bending path that is both sonically and lyrically daring.

Kate Vargas

Rumpumpo

Tracklisting

  1. Rumpumpo
  2. Honeydripper
  3. Left Shoe
  4. Everything Forever
  5. Animal
  6. Spit 3 Times
  7. Someday
  8. Church of the Misdirection
  9. Lighter
  10. Glorieta to the Holy Place
  11. Like Apollo

About Kate Vargas:

The New Mexico-raised, NYC-based artist is building ever more mindfully on her sound, and the music press is taking notice, Vargas receiving praise from a variety of respected outlets including Billboard, NPR, Noisey, and the Huffington Post, the latter assessing, “There is an unlimited amount of potential in this superstar on the rise.”

Vargas has packed houses from Ireland’s Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival to The Troubadour in London, The Mansion on O Street in Washington D.C. to New York’s Bowery Electric. Featuring her singular folk-style storytelling, Vargas’ songs are grounded in a darkly melodic, reverb-washed sonic palette of dreampop, dusty folk and junkyard blues, all carried by rough-hewn vocals and guitar playing. In equal measure, she channels a surprising array of artists, from Tom Waits, Fiona Apple, and 16 Horsepower to Lana Del Rey and K. Flay.

In March of 2020, the pandemic brought the world to a screeching halt just weeks before Vargas was scheduled to record her new album. With plans on indefinite hold, Vargas found herself struggling to find a way forward. Months later, while talking to a friend about her feeling that she had stalled out, he simply stated Newton’s 1st law – an object in motion stays in motion, an object at rest stays at rest, unless acted upon by an external force. She needed an external force.

Around the same time, in a fortuitous twist of fate, Vargas found herself on the west coast just as her producer was relocating out west as well. An external force. Not one to squander an opportunity, Vargas quickly made plans to record in Los Angeles. Two more problems emerged. One, Vargas’ beloved Gibson guitar was twenty-eight hundred miles away in her apartment in New York and two, she still needed to write one more song for the album. Ever resourceful, calls were made and in the eleventh hour, Vargas found herself writing a song based on Newton’s 1st law on a guitar on loan from Jackson Browne. That song would become the title track, Rumpumpo.

“Gotta make the levee break, let the tonic take, double-stroking in a swim-or-syncopation; Well you won’t if you don’t get to doing, it’s Newtonian.”

Always challenging, Rumpumpo is peppered with restless moments, from the title track to the mesmerizing “Glorieta to the Holy Place”, a New Mexico-based story of a young girl’s pilgrimage to the town of Chimayo as a test of faith during the pandemic. Vargas escorts us to dark and uncomfortable places, but always with an arm around the shoulder and a reassuring grin. In the swampy “Spit 3 Times”, we are taken on a musical Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, exploring the nooks and crannies of obsession, then thrust into the stripped-down ballad “Someday”, a love song at once morbid, disturbing and yet beautiful that reaches a peak reminiscent of George Martin and The Beatles (circa 1967). Whether drawn from folklore or direct experience, Vargas injects an intimate feel into each song via her poetic lyricism and jagged vocal delivery. At times, Vargas damn near hypnotizes, her compositions seeping to the edge of the subconscious, hardwiring listeners to ponder questions that, in other contexts, might make them squirm.

Vargas’ childhood in Corrales, New Mexico, had a profound impact on the woman and artist she would become. This artist and farming village just outside Albuquerque was populated with Mexican-Catholic families like hers, as well as creatives and a variety of seekers. It was a community rich in oral tradition and folklore, steeped in tales of good and evil, ghosts and witches, sin, The Devil, even extraterrestrial visitors. “It was a strange and wonderful place that I’ve really come to appreciate as an adult. There was a culture of storytelling, and the stories were often dark: the way I write songs now is rooted in that tradition. The paranormal and the supernatural always seem to make their way in. It was a great place for an imagination to run wild. If I told my mother I was bored, she’d tell me, ‘Go outside and pretend something.’”

Still, the slow pace of rural small-town life was excruciating at times for Vargas, who longed for the action and possibility of the big city. She began playing the flute at a young age and by the time she was in high school developed an interest in jazz that led her to Boston where she studied music at Berklee. Once there, she consistently found herself coming back to writing and guitar after classes. Upon graduating from Berklee, Vargas relocated to New York City, playing an open mic night every Monday at the now defunct P & G Bar on the Upper West Side. “People were so disgustingly positive,” she says, “and that kept me coming back.”

Eventually, the club gave her a showcase spot and more gigs followed. With people continually asking her for a CD, Vargas knew the time had come to make an album. Her debut, the DIY affair Down to My Soul, was released in 2014, hinting at the promise of a vibrant new voice. Her follow-up, 2016’s Strangeclaw, was recorded at New York’s Mercy Sound Studios (Blondie, Macy Gray) and mastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London, capturing Vargas’ impressive growth as an artist in gorgeous fidelity.

Vargas really hit her stride with 2018’s For the Wolfish & Wandering, connecting with audiences like never before, culminating in invitations to perform on NPR’s Mountain Stage, an official showcase at Nashville’s AmericanaFest, several performances at the 30A Songwriters Festival, as well as her songs appearing on television shows Stumptown (ABC), Midnight, Texas (NBC) and Good Trouble (Freeform).

With Rumpumpo, Vargas continues her meteoric rise with songs that stir the emotional cauldron, blazing a genre-bending path that is both sonically and lyrically daring.

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HEAT WAVES × THE FUTURE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

By: Andrew Shibuya

It seems as though only months or weeks pass nowadays between environmental global crises. While heat waves, floods, and the like are by no means novel, the twenty-first century has undoubtedly seen an unrelenting torrent of environmental disasters. In the past week alone, a record-breaking heat wave in the Pacific Northwest left nearly one-hundred dead, two separate oil fires burning on the surface of the ocean in both the Gulf of Mexico and the Caspian Sea, and innumerable small fires blazing across the West Coast following Fourth of July celebrations.

The heat wave in the Pacific Northwest impacted Oregon the most, with a total of 95 heat-related deaths on Sunday alone. Temperatures throughout the state reached a record-high of 117 degrees, leaving those without air conditioning or access to a cooler environment the most vulnerable. The Oregon government attempted to mitigate the effects of the heat wave by offering numerous cooling centers and even air conditioners to those at risk of harm.

Of course, the June heat wave that struck the Pacific Northwest was not unusual, nor will it be an outlier in the future by any means. In talking about the heat wave, Oregon Governor Kate Brown most succinctly stated, “This is a harbinger of things to come.” Other Oregon officials echoed this sentiment, with Public Health Director Jessica Guernsey writing the following in a press release for the heat wave: “This tragic event is almost certainly a glimpse into the future for Multnomah County, Oregon, the nation and the world. The impacts of climate change with heat waves, severe winter weather, wildfires, floods, and other rippling effects are happening now and will happen with more frequency for the foreseeable future.”

And while these sentiments are hardly prescient, on the other coast of the United States, a similar heat wave scorched the Northeast. While likewise record-breaking in its own right, the intensity of the East Coast’s heat wave does not come close to matching the Northwest’s. And still, a heat advisory was issued in New York City, and Boston and Philadelphia both issued heat health emergencies.

Of course, this past week was only one of the first weeks of summer, and more heat waves and heat related disasters are likely ensuing. Another heat wave warning has been issued for this coming weekend in California, from the desert to the Bay Area. California also has yet to enter its own “fire season,” which annually typically sees a handful of newsworthy fires that continue for several weeks, ravaging local communities and habitats.

This does not, however, mean that there is a lack of fires. This past Fourth of July weekend saw a marked increase in human caused wildfires. Already under a fire warning, California alone has seen hundreds of fires in the past several days as a result of holiday celebrations gone awry.

And all this is without mentioning the current drought plaguing the West Coast. From 2012 to 2016, California experienced its worse drought in over a millennium. The current drought finds many questioning the future of many essential Californian industries, such as farming, which will undoubtedly affect the largest economy in the United States.

Though one may be curious about the origin of these disasters–namely the drought and heat waves–one needs to look no further for evidence than the two oil fires on the high seas this past week. The fires, one in the Caspian Sea and one in the Gulf of Mexico, were both caused by oil explosions. The former is said to have been caused by the eruption of a “mud volcano,” or possibly a mud volcano interacting with a nearby gas field. They are still investigating the cause of this fire.

The fire in the Gulf of Mexico, however, was solely and indubitably man caused. A gas leak from an underwater pipeline by Mexico-owned gas company Pemex saw the inferno come about just off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. A Mexican official has stated that there was no spillage, but there is still no explanation for the blaze.

Given all this, and the increased quantity of these sorts of events yearly, one can only wonder what a solution might be, and if such a solution is even plausible. And as each new catastrophe arises, it seems as though they are becoming normalized, with no action taken besides Twitter outcry. Beside merely pointing fingers at each other and pushing the onus of the responsibility around, the multibillionaires, their corporations, and the government ought to be able to do something.

Of course, it’s not as simple as expecting those groups to fix these global issues, as it is wholly a worldwide effort. As trite as it might seem, solutions to global issues require the actions of whole global populations. But besides recycling, eating with the environment in mind, and similar small (yet important) actions, what is the average person to do? Still, corporations such as Amazon are allowed to pollute and produce millions of pounds of plastic waste annually without consequence. Furthermore, former president Donald Trump once pulled out of the Paris Agreement in the name of America’s economic interests.

And so, just as Robert Frost once pondered if the world would end in ice or fire, the answer to his question seems to be becoming most clear now. As economies and profits seem to be more important than humanity’s future, the world will continue to burn, oceans will continue to rise, and people will continue to die. And as is true with many great problems, the issue is easy to see and difficult to solve–whether humanity will rise to its challenge is another issue entirely.

GoTrax Emerge Electric Bike image via Vaughn Lowery and Armon Hayes for use by 360 Magazine

GoTrax Emerge Electric Bike

By: Emily Bunn x Vaughn Lowery

Photo Credit: Armon Hayes

GoTrax has recently unveiled its 2021 electric bike series. With enhanced durability and power—and the same affordability customers love and expect—GoTrax provides an even more incredible e-bike selection than ever. 360 Magazine had the opportunity to test ride GoTrax’s newest model, the GoTrax Emerge Electric Bike 26”, on the reopened, bustling streets of New York.

360 Magazine took the Emerge for an exhilarating evening cruise through the Bronx and by the Lincoln Center, during which we clawed around sharp turns in Central Park with dexterous stability. If you’re in New York City, consider taking advantage of the public bike paths on summer nights.

The Emerge electric bike is a batmobile for commuters in a concrete jungle. With shock-absorbent, wear-resistant tires, this model is perfect for smooth city cruising. With the powerful 350w read-drive motor, this e-bike packs robust torque for unimpeded riding. As such, the Emerge can also handle rugged, uneven mountain terrain.

GoTrax offers electric transportation solutions that are becoming increasingly popular in today’s personal transportation-dependent society. Especially in the time of many being wary of public transportation, e-bikes provide a practical solution and sustainable alternative to traditional travel. Environmentally friendly and efficient, this bike is essential for active, ecologically conscious cyclists. With an auto hibernation function that goes into effect after 10 minutes of standby, the Emerge helps cyclists conserve energy.

All of GoTrax’s products are certified to UL safety standards, and the company understands the importance of ensured safety, ferocious performance, and high-quality design.

Design

Available in a sleek black or vibrant teal color, the streamlined design of this e-bike has major curb appeal and competitive performance ability. The fatigue and fracture-resistant 6061 aluminum alloy frame makes for an ultra-durable bike body.

Weighing in at 53.9lbs, this vehicle is sturdy, but also easily lightweight and transportable. The vehicle’s product dimensions are 68.5” x 25.6” x 42.9”. Further, this e-bike has an IPX4 waterproof rating, so riders can travel in any weather condition.

The Emerge has a maximum payload of up to 265lbs. However, the bike’s smaller frame was designed for optimal use with smaller, shorter riders. The compact design of this e-bike makes for effortless maneuvering and cornering.

Technology 

Access all your digital needs in fingertips’ reach during your ride with the e-bike’s digital LED display. With an integrated power switch, battery indicator, front headlight, and gear switch, riders have complete control behind the wheel.

GoTrax knows that customers crave convenience, so the company made sure to prioritize such on their newest commuter bike model. On the handlebars, next to the digital display, riders can also access the bell, hand brakes, throttle, and three-speed level settings effortlessly.

Durability 

The Emerge bike is equipped with mighty, sturdy 26” tires. These pneumonic rubber tires have tenacious grip, which is helpful when riding on rugged or slippery surfaces. They can even endure light potholes.

Further, these heavy-duty tires are shock absorbent and wear-resistant. Compared to regular tires, they provide a faster ride with less drag.

Performance 

Cruise all day in your new favorite e-bike, thanks to its 36V, 7.5aH battery capacity. Once fully charged, the Emerge can transport riders up to 26 miles using pedal assist, and 16.7 miles on pure electric mode. Riders need not wait long after their cruise to keep going, as the high-capacity battery recharges in just 4-6 hours. This quick charge provides a long-life cycle for extended bike trips or unpredictable travel situations. Conveniently, the battery is removable and comes with a built-in lock, so riders need not worry about it becoming lost or stolen. Simply use the enclosed key and lift the battery for removal.

If you’re looking for even more power, look no further than the Emerge’s 250w brushless gear motor. This powerful motor can provide speeds of up to 20mph, delivering riders to their destinations in a breeze.

Ramp up your ride with the e-bike’s convenient hand throttle brake. The Emerge packs in major brawn and power, allowing riders to effortlessly climb hills with up to 14-degree inclines.

When it’s time to take a pause, the Emerge comes with a dual disc brake and an electric, anti-lock braking system. The Shimano professional 7-speed transmission system guarantees user control while on the go. This top-of-the-line transmission system ensures a comfortable and controlled cruise. Once stopped, the e-bike’s installed kickstand ensures proper, upright storage.

Safety

With its horn and illuminating LED headlamp, the Emerge e-bike is a safe option for nighttime rides. Extra LED lights can be attached to the bike’s front and back for increased nighttime visibility.

For users looking for aid while cruising, the Emerge has an assisted bicycle mode for long travels. Assist mode allows riders to avoid zero starting, frequent braking, and aids in driving against the wind.

Other modes include pure electric mode and normal bike. Riders can adjust the vehicle to their exact specification with the three gear speeds: 1 gear (8.7mph), 2 gear (14.3mph), and 3 gear (19.8mph.)

360 Magazine recommends checking that the brake system is properly functioning before use. Be sure to review the e-bike’s safety warnings.

Ergonomics × Additional Features

Compared to other bikes in its category, such as the Swagtron EB7 commuter e-bike, the Emerge has a larger battery capacity, faster speed capability, and larger tires. Further, the Emerge is trendier than other e-bikes, with its Samsung battery sleekly camouflaged inside the bike’s body. As such, GoTrax’s newest Emerge model leaves other electric bikes in the dust. While the Emerge is similar to GoTrax’s earlier Alpha XL model, the Emerge stands out as the clear choice for smaller and shorter riders.

The Emerge Electric Bike comes modestly priced, at the cost of $699.99. Upon purchase, orders are generally processed in 24 hours and shipped out in 3-5 business days,

We’re sure you’ll love the Emerge e-bike as much as us, but if you’re not satisfied, GoTrax offers a 30-day return and 90-day warranty. Furthermore, for additional purchases, customers can add on a 2-year or 3-year warranty plan. Consider giving your new, shiny e-bike a name upon purchase.

Agile × Easy to Assemble 

Note that while the bike arrives 95% assembled, customers still have to finish assembly manually or should seek assembly service. Cyclists looking for aid in constructing their e-bike should call Velofix– a mobile bike shop with many locations across the United States. For those on the East Coast, Cycle Haus is another trustworthy option for mobile e-bike repair. On the West Coast, Hoopty Bikes Mobile Bike Repair offers 24/7, mobile bike services. Once their e-bike is put together, riders are to be cruising in style wherever they journey on the GoTrax Emerge Electric Bike.

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GoTrax Emerge Electric Bike image via Vaughn Lowery and Armon Hayes for use by 360 Magazine

GoTrax Emerge Electric Bike image via Vaughn Lowery and Armon Hayes for use by 360 Magazine

GoTrax Emerge Electric Bike image via Vaughn Lowery and Armon Hayes for use by 360 Magazine