An Evening With: QUADRON

Though only passing through town, Quadron is most definitely here to stay. If you still aren’t yet familiar, the band is made of two essential ingredients – Robin Hannibal, the producer-extraordinaire & melodic-heaven-sent vocalist Coco O – both hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark. The Danish pair offer a unique brand of music, one they like calling ‘electro-soul’. It’s actually not difficult to notice their appeal. Coming off their sophomore LP release of Avalanche, they are currently touring around America and Fortune Sound Club (Vancouver, BC) was lucky enough to be along that pathway.

First things first. Nina Mendoza on the decks dropping some tasteful soul, successfully warming up the crowd while the band sets up.

And there she was. The truth that front-woman Coco O. ‘had quite a voice’ was surely not in question Wednesday night, as the crowd went dead silent, speaking her first couple words on the mic. Avalanche’s “LFT” was the opening song of choice for the evening. This was an all-around showcase for Coco’s vocal elasticity. Displaying Adele-esque contralto lows, Amel Larrieux-type highs & maintaining a sultry-effortlessness reminiscent of Amy Winehouse, albeit on a playful party-starter for the ladies. The night continued on that same note, dropping more irresistible grooves, seemingly their theme for the new album.

Coco was engaging the crowd with ease. No script, no choreo.

At my very first listen, it was undoubtedly the female half of the group, who initially caught my ear’s attention. If you’ve ever heard her take

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on the classic Michael Jackson track “Baby Be Mine”, I think I can speak on behalf of both of us that it was possibly the best cover we’ve ever heard of any song. I mean, it’s not that often you’d come across an MJ cover and actually love it as much as its original. Not only did she pay it due-justice, but successfully flipped it from boogie to ballad. And you bet this one was a hundred times more magnificent live. Coco’s foreseeable future for one, is definitely looking good, as she’s already rubbed elbows with some big name artists in studio this past year.

Robin and Coco discovered their union through each other’s heritage. “QUADRON” – according to the Danish culture, is used to describe a person who is exactly 1/4 African – a rarity in their part of the world.

But even if it boils down to the frontwoman for most of their fans, you sure cannot count out Robin Hannibal and his marvelous production. For instance, if you listen to their 2nd single “Better Off”, you’d notice this isn’t your ordinary love ballad – or at least it isn’t structured like one. His arrangements prove that Hannibal doesn’t like to follow the format – which might just explain my addiction.

And sometimes, you might catch band members enjoying themselves..the most!

Now give the drummer some.

Kendrick’s lone feature on the album was simply ‘payback’ to what he ‘borrowed’ from when Quadron were previously known as part of the “Boom Clap Bachelors”. More so payback to Robin Hannibal. You’ve obviously heard Kendrick’s “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” off his debut album right? So now look up “Tyden Flyver” by the Boom clap Bachelors and you just might notice something. If anything though, to see two very deserving soul and rap artists aide the success of each other’s releases like that is a wonderful thing.

Coming to a close? Don’t let my high come down. Encore.


An Evening with: Rakim Allah

And there he appeared…straight out of a myth, the god – Rakim. A few nights ago we witnessed a piece of hip hop’s cornerstone take the Fortune Sound stage in Vancouver. Adorned in the adopted garb of urban New Yorkers in the 90s, Ra came on in his oversized Carhartt outfit – black hoodie, black toque, black jeans, black shirt, black leather bomber and what else but Timbs as the cypher completer. In his heyday you might’ve seen Ra sporting something more flashy like his signature giant gold chain, but times have shifted just a little bit. Besides the gold links, his bars, charisma and delivery of the G.L.O.A.T. remain as sharp as ever.

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Rakim The God

Behold a rare rap extravaganza not to be missed by any and all hip hop fanatics in Vancouver. We do not get blessed like this that often, especially by the G.L.O.A.T., the widely touted greatest lyricist of all time by anyone in the rap hemisphere.


VancouverEvents: J. Cole @ Fortune Sound Club, Nov. 23rd

This Friday J. Cole embarks on another nationwide tour to 35 different cities for a little more than two months. And look where he’ll be landing on the 23rd of November, AAAWW JEEEAA. Dreamville, Fayettenam, Cole World!

Oct. 1 Alabama A&M University Normal, AL
Oct. 7 Private Location Hayward, CA
Oct. 8 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
Oct. 9 Greensboro Coliseum, NC A&T Homecoming Greensboro, NC
Oct. 10 Central Michigan University Mt. Pleasant, MI
Oct. 12 University of Louisiana Monroe, LA
Oct. 15 Nichols University Dudley, MA
Oct. 16 Private Location New Brunswick, NJ
Oct. 17 Penn State University – Behrend Erie, PA
Oct.21 UNC Pembroke Pembroke, NC
Oct. 2 Private Location State College, PA
Oct. 2 SUNY Delhi Delhi, NY
Oct. 24 Kenne State College Keene, NH
Oct. 27 The Norva Norfolk, VA
Nov. 3 Promowest Columbus, OH
Nov. 4 Madison Theatre Cincinnati, OH
Nov. 5 The Rave Milwaukee, WI
Nov. 6 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
Nov. 8 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI
Nov.9 University of Maine Orono, ME
Nov. 11 The Granada Lawrence, KS
Nov. 12 Karma Minneapolis, MN
Nov. 14 The Sokol Omaha, NE
Nov. 16 Belly Up Aspen, CO
Nov. 17 The Fox Boulder, CO
Nov. 19 Club House Tempe, AZ
Nov. 20 Key Club Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 23 Fortune Sound Club Vancouver, BC
Nov. 24 Neumo’s Seattle, WA
Nov. 25 Roseland Theatre Portland, OR
Nov. 26 Voo Doo Lounge San Jose, CA
Nov. 27 Haze Nightclub Las Vegas, NV
Dec. 2 Club 77 Hamilton, ON
Dec. 4 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
Dec. 5 Highline Ballroom New York, NY


Wiz Khalifa Announces 'Waken Baken' Tour

Taylor Gang & Rostrum Records are proud to announce Wiz Khalifa’s “Waken Baken” Tour!! Fresh off the sold out “Deal Or No Deal” tour Khalifa has booked a 55 date North American tour coming to a city near you this Fall! The tour will include special guest appearances by Big K.R.I.T., Yelawolf, and others! Before the tour kicks off in Philadelphia September 16th, Wiz will be one of the acts on the Rock The Bells festival in August. More dates to be announced soon for the tour! – Rostrum Records

Wiz fans can register HERE to purchase pre-sale tickets. Get ready to get ya smoke on!

Sep 16th The Trocadero Theatre Philadelphia, PA
Sep 19th Jefferson Theater Charlottesville, VA
Sep 21st Toad’s Place New Haven, CT Find Tickets
Sep 22nd Lupos Heartbreak hotel Providence, RI
Sep 25th Stages Nightclub Kingston, ON, CANADA
Sep 26th The Opera House Toronto, ON, CANADA
Sep 28th Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
Sep 29th Metro Chicago, IL
Sep 30th Canopy Club Urbana, IL
Oct 1st Orpheum Theater Madison, WI
Oct 2nd Ferri State University Big Rapids, MI
Oct 4th The Union Bar Iowa City, IA
Oct 5th First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
Oct 6th Sokol Auditorium Omaha, Nebraska
Oct 7th Ogden Theater Denver, CO
Oct 8th Fox Theater Boulder, Co
Oct 9th The Black Sheep Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 10th In The Venue Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 12th Knitting Factory Boise, ID
Oct 14th Fortune Vancouver, BC, CANADA
Oct 15th Showbox Sodo Seattle, WA
Oct 16th Wow Hall Eugene, OR
Oct 17th Humboldt State University Arcata, California
Oct 26th Rialto Theater Tucson, AZ
Oct 27th Venue of Scottsdale Scottsdale, AZ
Oct 28th Sunshine Theater Albuqerque, New Mexico
Oct 29th House Of Blue Dallas, TX
Oct 30th Emo’s Austin, TX
Oct 31st House of Blues Houston, TX
Nov 2nd House of Blues New Orleans, LA
Nov 4th Club At Firestone Orlando, Florida
Nov 5th The Ritz Tampa, FL
Nov 6th Masquerade Atlanta, GA
Nov 10th The National Richmond, VA
Nov 11th The Norva Norfolk, VA
Nov 14th Northern Lights Clifton Park, NY
Nov 16th Crocodile Rock Cafe Allentown, PA


Just Blaze @ Fortune

Megatron Don coming to our city. Buy your tickets at Club Zone


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Events: EPMD @ Fortune Sound Club (May 25, '10)

Legends in the game, EPMD are coming into town next month. One of the best duo’s in the golden era of Hip-Hop, Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith will perform live at Fortune Sound Club. The first 200 tickets will only be $15.00. You can get them HERE.



Event: Slaughterhouse + Pharoahe Monch @ Fortune Sound Club (April 22, '10)

Ya ya, we know. Its 5 days away, but better late than never. You can try to get tickets HERE.