"Grab a seat, ladies and gentlemen: Souls of Mischief has a story to tell." – USA Today

"The album mixes blaxploitation, hip-hop, and the band’s actual history to create a wild, gritty tale"  – Noisey

As USA Today instructs, "Grab a seat, ladies and gentlemen: Souls of Mischief has a story to tell." The legendary Hieroglyphics sub-group is proud to release their sixth studio album, There Is Only Now, today in four formats: CD, digital, picture-disc vinyl, and cassette tape. The concept album is a collaborative effort with acclaimed producer and multi-instrumentalist Adrian Younge. It features the Souls at their finest, showcasing a level of dedication, discipline, and skill rarely seen in hip-hop today. Following the release of their recent Noisey premiered single "Finally Back," from which the outlet confidently claimed, "The legendary hip hop crew from East Oakland are here to fuck your shit up," the group has constructed a harrowing narrative throughout the album, detailing a near-fatal incident involving Souls of Mischief early in their careers. "We were hanging outside of a club, at a party, and a guy walked up to us pulling a ski mask down, telling everybody to get down, and as he said that, a shot went off," recalls Souls of Mischief rapper Tajai to The Wall Street Journal.


There Is Only Now was recorded much like a blaxploitation film and details a storyline full of love, loss, and revenge. Ali Shaheed Muhammad narrates the unfolding tale as the DJ for a fictional local Oakland radio station. Busta Rhymes makes an appearance as the story's villain, Womack, on the track "Womack's Lament." William Hart from The Delfonics lends his falsetto, Snoop Dogg adds his perspective on young love on the title track, and Scarub from Living Legends plays the role of Stoney, who is dating a character named Miriam, whom Womack is trying to steal away. Along with the Okayplayer debut of their lyric video for the track "Ghetto Superhero," the jazz-tinged single "Panic Struck," which premiered via The Wall Street Journal, and the Billboard premiere of Snoop Dogg featuring lead single/video, "There Is Only Now," the album has everything in it needs to become a hip-hop classic.

The entire album was recorded solely on 2-inch tape together as a group in Adrian's LA-based studio and will serve as the inaugural release for Adrian's newly launched label, Linear Labs. The album is available for pre-order in several formats: CD, digitally, double-LP, and cassette tape. All formats, including the 7 inch vinyl that features the title track on the A-side and "All You Got Is You Word" on the B-side are available here:

This Thursday, August 28th, the Souls of Mischief and Adrian Younge will be performing at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City with Adrian's 13-piece ensemble Venice Dawn and ATCQ's Ali Shaheed Muhammad, celebrating the album's release. Souls of Mischief are also performing the album in its entirety alongside Ali Shaheed Muhammed, Adrian Younge and Venice Dawn, The PharcydeBlu & ExilePhife DawgDJ RhettmaticHouse Shoes and more, September 4th at The Mayan Theater in Los Angeles.

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New music from The Holdup! "H.A.G.S. EP" is now available on iTunes:

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“Say hello again to one of the most exciting bands in the reggae world…” - This Song Is Sick

“Reggae is always there for us. Like a giant, warm, tie-dye hemp blanket waiting to smother us in positive energy and lift our spirits. Stick Figure’s latest track, titled ‘Smokin’ Love,’ does exactly that.” - Indie Shuffle

Southern California-based roots reggae/dub band Stick Figure announces their Livin’ It Fall Tour, headlining nationwide for the first time and bringing chill vibes to fans coast to coast. Featuring Pacific Dub and HIRIE, Stick Figure will be heading out this September, hitting stops like New Orleans, Washington DC, New York, Denver, and LA. The band’s most recent single for which they’re currently filming a video, “Smokin’ Love,” debuted at #1 on iTunes Reggae Chart on June 3rd and currently remains in the Top 10. On Soundcloud, the song has racked up over 900,000 spins. “Smokin’ Love” features reggae veteran Collie Buddz and is the first song they’ve released since 2012′s Burial Ground.

Stick Figure is coming off the Rebelution's Count Me In Tour, which also included Iration and The Green. Charming audiences and crushing amphitheaters, Stick Figure has immense stage presence and control, something that will translate well on the forthcoming Livin’ It Fall Tour.

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Living It Fall Tour Dates:

9/2 – Orpheum Green Room - Flagstaff, AZ
9/3 – Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
9/5 – Gas Monkey - Dallas, TX
9/6 – Stubb’s Jr. - Austin, TX
9/7 – House of Blues (Bronze Peacock Room) - Houston, TX
9/10 – The Parish at House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
9/11 – Pug’s Live - Tallahassee, FL
9/12 – Melting Point - Athens, GA
9/13 – Music Farm - Charleston, SC
9/14 – California Roots The Carolina Sessions - Wilmington, NC
9/17 – High Dive - Gainesville, FL
9/18 – Culture Room - Fort Lauderdale, FL
9/19 – Social - Orlando, FL
9/20 – Freebird Live – Jacksonville, FL
9/21 - Visulite – Charlotte, NC
9/24 – World Café Live -Philadelphia, PA
9/25 – U Street Music Hall - Washington DC
9/26 – Webster Studio - New York, NY
9/27 – Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
9/28 – Higher Ground - Burlington, VT
10/1 – The Basement - Columbus, OH
10/2 – Blind Pig - Ann Arbor, MI
10/3 – The Stache - Grand Rapids, MI
10/4 – Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
10/5 – The Frequency - Madison, WI
10/8 – 7th St. Entry - Minneapolis, MN
10/9 – Maintenance Shop - Ames, IA
10/10 – The Waiting Room - Omaha, NE
10/11 – Bluebird Theatre - Denver, CO
10/12 – Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO
10/15 – Mystic Theater - Petaluma, CA
10/16 – The Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA
10/17 – SLO Brewing Company – San Luis Obispo, CA
10/18 – The Roxy - Los Angeles, CA


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NBC Bay Area recently covered what to expect from Hiero Day 2014! Share the article, and make sure you come out to Hiero Day in Oakland, CA on Labor Day (September 1st) for a free, all ages event celebrating Hip-hop culture!


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Here is a free download link for Aileron's brand new album "Flight Risk"! Their album features ¡MAYDAY!, Zumbi, Pep Love, & Rob The Viking.

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New music from There Is Only Now premiered by Noisey! Listen to "Finally Back" below & get the new album on iTunes tomorrow:

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