Articles by Aaron Johnson
Following a brief hiatus, pop princess Lady Gaga lends her vocals to Zedd's quickly popular single "Stache." The single comes following the announcement of her 'Born This Way Ball' world tour which will also feature Lady Starlight and Madeon, making two very special stops in downtown Brooklyn's new entertainment mecca, Barclays Center. Those two exclusive performances will host German EDM giant Zedd, whom Gaga described in a tweet last August as having a "major musical boner" for.
If you're not familiar with Zedd, you may wanna jot this down because he's basically the new big thing. His debut LP 'Clarity' (Interscope) just dropped a couple days ago and is already garnering rave reviews among the blogosphere and media outlets alike. Just three years of producing under his belt, the talented young musicican insists that he doesn't want people calling it that, and with the new album he would rather focus on the 'M in EDM' stating "For my album I had a vision to make something that is timeless and you can listen to 20 years from now."
Through the course of the past year, it seems like at any point there would be a headline that came out of the woodwork that read 'Chris Brown and Rihann Reunite.' Well folks, following weeks of rumors, it appears that today is that day.
People began to talk when the two began recording songs together and it continued when they were seen vacationing together in the South of France. But people are definitely talking now after Chris Brown was seen leaving Rihanna's hotel yesterday, the same day which it was announced that Brown and (now former girlfriend) Karrueche Tran were calling it quits.
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Über-hip Brooklyn art gallery SuperChief presents: CREEPERS!, a collection of overly vulgar "gross-out art" from some of America's most cutting edge artists tonight from 6 - 9 p.m. Holding the title as the first and only artist to receive a criminal conviction for obscenity for artwork in the US, cartoonist Mike Diana joins Spencer Sweeney (a co-owner of the downtown cool club Santo's Party House), Danny McDonald, Aric Shunneson, and many more. As the group exhibition describes it: "Like stumbling upon a dildo in your mom's underwear drawer or dad’s Barely Legal collection, it’s an eye opener. Treat yourself to something horrible."
"Everyone in NYC hustles," says Hussle Club frontman Prince Terrence, "They hustle to work they hustle from work. They have different hustles on the side. Hustling is the NYC way of life. It’s one of the worlds great mysteries… How do New Yorkers get by on this tiny island full of trash, rats and overpriced rent. The name is pretty much just another name for New York City."
Naming the special needs students that he spent 3 years teaching as one of his greatest influences, Prince Terrence comes from a strong musical background that started at an early age. He played in both symphonic band and Marching Band, where he credits learning every percussion instrument as well as every scale on piano.
He started his professional career as the drumer for many bands- Santigold, Young Love, Spank Rock, Major Lazer, and Amazing Baby, to name a few examples- before beginning Hussle Club. Deciding that "it was time to step out from behind the drum kit", he began exploring other aspects of his musical knowledge as a "new outlet to channel his ideas."
One of the great things about the Toronto based atari-electro dance/punk duo Crystal Castles is their level of consistency. Every two years, since the inception of the group in 2004, has marked a new release (starting with the ground breaking 2006 release of the Alice Practice EP) from the pair. In March, it became apparent that they are still right on schedule when it was announced that they were in the studio for a third full length album release.
If you're not familiar with the background of Crystal Castles, their story is actually pretty interesting (and possibly inappropriate). In 2004, a much older Ethan Kath went to see a punk band called 'Femme Fatale,' featuring a 15-year-old lead singer by the name of Alice Glass. Convinced she was an "undiscovered poet," Kath asked her to record some vocals over a few tracks that he had been working on.
Shortly after last week's flood of online tweets and Facebook rumors, LMFAO is saying that while yes, they are planning on taking a break to pursue independent side projects, allegations of a permanent separation are not accurate. The firestorm of rumors began when one of the party rockin Duo's frontmen, Redfoo, said in an interview "I feel like we been doing this for so long. Five or six years," he told News.com.au. "And we're kind of like saying, well, let's just do what's natural and just kind of explore that, instead of forcing it all the time."
Bandmate SkyBlu (who is actually Redfoo's nephew!) swatted those rumors down when he told MTVNews "Well, you know, first of all, we're not breaking up. I know that for sure. We're family and stuff, so it's always love," he said. "It's interesting because somebody will say one thing [and] it's just like high school, then all of a sudden 'They're breaking up. They're fighting.' It kind of gets blown out of proportion, so we're definitely not breaking up."
Welcome to the newest addition to Joonbug.com: Mixtape Monday. Starting this week, we will be featuring some of the hottest new sounds, most awesome music videos, or just straight up classics to get your week started off right. Got any recommendations? Any requests? Feel free to leave them in the comment box below, and be sure to check back each week for the new edition!
What needs to be said for the Flosstradamus remix of Major Lazer's "Original Don." It essentially triggered an entire wave of EDM (Electric Dance Music) Trap music that's taking over EVERYTHING in the underground right now.
This weekend, Saturday Sept 29th through Sunday, September 30th,The Global Citizen Festival will invade New York City's Central Park in an effort to erase extreme poverty once and for all.
The open-air concert will host some of the world's hottest acts including Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, Band of Horses, and the Black Keys. But it's more than just a music lovers festival. This advocacy concert will celebrate the progress already made in fighting extreme poverty, secure financial commitments for tackling extreme poverty and disease, and mobilise thousands of ambassadors for change. We'll unite around a simple yet powerful idea: that by giving every child a chance to thrive, our generation can end extreme poverty.
About a year and a half after the release of her music video gone viral "Gucci Gucci," Kreayshawn (whose real name is Natassia Gale Zolot) enters the big leagues with her major label debut Somethin 'Bout Kreay.
Unlike her breakthrough hit -which was recorded independently- the full length studio album brings a new professional quality to the table and features collaborations with big name acts like Diplo, Kid Cudi, and Boys Noize to name a few.
It's been an exciting past year for the rapper, last May her video "Gucci Gucci" garnered 3 million views in the first 3 weeks (and is now at nearly 40 million) which lead her to the opportunity to host the red carpet at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. But it hasn't been all positive attention. Her now defunct rap crew White Girl Mob caught some heat for using the 'N' word (you know the one, "Nachos") in songs and she actually found herself caught up in a strange beef with rapper Rick Ross after calling him fake several times. Following that and a misunderstanding between her and fellow new comer Azealia Banks (the two are now planning a collaboration), Kreayshawn claims her new album holds back from dissing anyone at all, stating "The subjects fly around from nonsense to making too much sense and people might think I'm dissing people, but I'm not dissing anyone."
Forty years ago, the late club owner Hilly Kristal could never have imagined the day his new bar's toilets, phone booth, pieces of it's walls and the entire bar itself would be shipped across the country to Savannah, Georgia as part of an effort to shoot a feature film documenting his now legendary CBGB & OMFUG. But that's exactly what writer Jody Savin and director Randall Miller have done in attempt to keep their aptly titled movie 'CBGB' as authentic as possible.
The film which was also shot in parts of NYC as well as Hilly Kristal's farm in New Jersey, follows the story of the legendary downtown New York club known for spawning key Punk Rock and New Wave acts like Blondie, Ramones, the Talking Heads, Television, Misfits, the B-52s, and countless others. "It is a story of Hilly and how he basically was the catalyst for this gigantic, sea-changing music. And he didn't set out to do that initially, but he became sort of the godfather of punk and underground rock," Miller told Rolling Stone. Director Jody Savin added "Places that opened their arms to music, art, poetry – anything – were the places we went to. And Hilly definitely had that,"