“The Wizard” Brian Coxx rocks the decks Friday night as the dance groove spirits of Soulgasm New York City and Soulgasm Hawaii collide for a family affair in celebration of five years of snazzy moves and rock steady tunes produced the Soulgasm Hawaii way. Coxx is part of the funk-soul fabric of evolutionary Soulgasm NYC and is often regarded as a second generation torch-bearer–an East Coast pioneer in training, if you will–who specializes in the soulfully rich and sassy old school brand of underground house, blended to perfection.
Hypnotic groove addicts will surely find themselves adding up the dance floor miles this weekend when nocturnal beat supremacist Lee Foss returns to the island. Creative blends, not electronic trends, are Foss’ signature, which open-minded electronic music fans will latch onto with excitement and appreciation.
When in doubt of Honolulu’s electronica potential, take it from the man who has recently filled his party passport with gigs in Frankfurt and Vietnam, along with Chicago, Detroit and San Francisco on the regular–we’re on the brink of something big. “We are doing exactly what most big cities are doing, but we just have [fewer] people going out on a consistent basis,” says DJ Willis Haltom, co-owner of underground hotspot Asylum.
Honolulu is about to get outer-worldly with the anticipated return of the one and only Z-Trip. In his first visit back since getting local party-heads absolutely berserk at Love Fest in 2010, Z-Trip will prove that his contributions to and worth in the DJ scene still remain undeniable.
To the Republik for which it stands comes a music genius that hip hop turntablists and fans of music without boundaries can be proud of. One nation under God in killer beatism we trust.
MSTRKRFT proves that the use of vowels is utterly overrated and quirky minds can create awesome thump music. From their overall look right on down to their sound, the Canadian twosome, JFK and AL-P, somewhat play the role of anti-superstar DJ-producers while taking complete solace in the savage art of wrecking dance floors, crowds and stages.
Don’t let the purple dinosaur suit fool you: Mochipet’s tricked-out tunes of bass-knockin’ bravado have much to be desired. The gifted one’s musical color palette wouldn’t be a single color out of a Crayola box–it would be one of the crayon company’s popular spin-off products, Crayola Changeables, where the colors actually, uh, for lack of a better explanation, change color.
Solid credentials and a perfectionist’s attitude have allowed Mike D to remain one of the city’s power-player DJs. Remixes he’s done for Cash Out, Kirko Bangz and One Direction have resonated well outside of the cozy confines of the state while his revamped rendition of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” helped the song reach the No.
For as long as we can remember, Chinatown has been notorious for drugs, homelessness and filthy streets. Some claim nothing has changed–and that it never will.
Bicyclists have long been overlooked by four-wheel riders on Honolulu’s congested streets. In the gleaming, armored pecking order of the road, cyclists are too often dismissed as lane hogs, hand-signaling nuisances and unfortunates who can’t afford cars.
The fate of some 1,525 acres of land at Hoopili in ‘Ewa may have been decided last Wednesday in Hawaii’s First Circuit Court. The decision might have gone differently, but the appellant attorneys’ strategy seemed to collapse as Judge Rhonda Nishimura picked it apart based on technical errors.
Last Thursday, May 9, the Caldwell administration revealed its action plan for solving Honolulu’s homeless problem. But at the City Council’s budget meeting the same day, Budget chair Ann Kobayashi wanted to know where the money for “Housing First” (see Cover Story, pg.
The Mayor Wright Housing project has been slated for major redevelopment by the Hawaii State Housing Authority (HSHA); requests for qualifications will be going out to developers in three to six months. Nonprofit group Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE) wants to make sure the project’s tenants have a say in the redevelopment process, which could include major renovations or a total rebuild.
The Honolulu City Council held a special Committee on Transportation meeting on Tuesday, May 7, to go over its Complete Streets initiative with input from the department directors of Design and Construction (DDC), Planning and Permitting (DPP) and Transportation Services (DTS). At prior meetings, including the Moiliili workshop, community members pressed the idea of combining Complete Streets with Caldwell’s repaving projects, which Dan Burden of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute and some councilmembers have said makes sense.
Not much to agree with my friend Doc Berry (“Limits of Growth,” April 17). None of the scenarios he posits will ever materialize.
In your Diary of May 8 (“End of the 27th)” you reported on SB 1214, passed by the Legislature. In their nimble way, the Legislature tacked the wheel boot prohibition on a bill that was intended to abolish the Commission on Transportation.
On Friday, May 3, at 3:45 p.m., I was driving town bound through the Wilson tunnel on the Likelike. I was parallel to another car, and there were several other cars following closely behind me.
Congratulations Honolulu Weekly on the recent Pai award for investigative reporting (“Boss GMO,” Jan. 4, 2012).
When the biofuel guys say that costs are “confidential” (“Big-foot Biofuel,” May 8), I reply that since I am the one who is going to end up paying the cost, I have a right to know. Frankly, when everybody tries to hide the costs, I smell rat …
The Foster Botanical Garden never ceases to inspire for an urban setting it is like a step back in time (“See the Flora,” May 8). If Koko Crater Botanical Garden contains the world’s largest plumeria collection as suggested, it may be thanks in part to the Prussian born Dr.