Step Off (2011) Movie

Step Off movie poster

Like Hustle & Flow (2005), Step Off (2011) follows a struggling black male musician with a supporting cast on a road of overcoming obstacles to create and share music filled with his passion and story. Unlike DJay in Hustle & Flow, Rippa in Step Off is a college student and music producer with his eyes…

5 Resources Musicians Should Know

Some resources are amazing for the simple fact that they function as a fact checker for your research and others’ advice. Here are 5 I wish I’d known about years ago. Open Source Software Instead of paying $300 for Fruity Loops (FL Studio) or Pro Tools, I could’ve been using LMMS and QTractor cost-free instead – both bundled with more audio production…

My Plans for 2017

Go Live Lively Headphones Logo with year 2017

I asked IT professionals from the Rallypoint community what topics I should cover in future Linux and FOSS related podcasts. I got great suggestions involving security: Sandboxing applications Backups and disaster recovery Firewalls and antivirus software And more, but my favorite response suggested something much broader: “a series where you start teaching as if someone is completely…

Urbandub – A Call to Arms

Urbandub band members and logo

Urbandub is a Filipino rock band from the Philippines who have been around since 2000. Their Wikipedia page looks aged once you see their years active – 2000-15 (on hiatus) – and their MySpace listed as their official website. I don’t remember how I came across this band, but I do remember hearing Hover (2013) and immediately…

Aux – Warning – Incubus

Warning, by Incubus, is a rock song about a woman who woke up one day realizing that she “called out a warning” and let life pass her by.  In summary, it drives the point that you should be yourself and make the most of your life every day. “Count your blessings” “Don’t ever let life…

Black Unity

When I took a course on the relationship between music and politics last year, I got the opportunity to write a two thousand word essay on my choice of topic related to the course.  I decided to write about the transition and differences between what Hip Hop/Rap was in the beginning and what it is today….

Aux – Deathmole – Final

One of my favorite rock bands is animated. Deathmole is a band created by Jeph Jacques in his webcomic “Questionable Content” which includes. . . questionable content. “Final,” from the album “Advances”, is one of my favorites because of its unique tempo and time signature feel (3/4) and ability to lead me through emotions of…