Get excited people: rising Canadian-born R&B phenom, PARTYNEXTDOOR, will be making his way across the country’s major cities next month for his PND Live World Tour. The artist, also known for his sexually charged live performances and mesmerizing vocals, made his debut on the music scene with swanky EDM-infused R&B tracks like 'Let It Rain' and 'Shy Ink,' released under his real name, Jahron Brathwaite. It was only a matter of time before Brathwaite's music caught the attention of Young Money Cash Money Billionaires artist/pop culture master, Drake, who quickly inducted the singer as the first signee of his OVO Sounds record label.

Echosmith Embarks on International Headlining Tour

Ferris Bueller has gone on the record saying that life moves pretty fast, and despite the fact that the four siblings who make up the indie pop group Echosmith may be too young to have seen the 1986 classic, they’re living proof of that mantra.

Like most music groups of their generation, Echosmith rose to prominence thanks to the Internet. More specifically, YouTube. Starting by posting covers of popular songs of the time like “Lights” by Ellie Goulding and “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele, they quickly moved on to original content, catching the eye of Warner Bros. Records. Soon the teenage siblings found themselves on the Vans Warped Tour and later, opening for Owl City. Next came a debut album Talking Dreams whose modern youth anthem “Cool Kids” went on to be certified platinum with over 1,200,000 sales in the US, catapulting the virtually unknown band into the national spotlight. Now, the Sierota siblings are headlining their own tour and coming to a city near you.

Bells & Robes Brings the Groove to AURA's Silent Disco
From March 6 to 8, AURA Music & Arts Festival will invade the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park with sincere souls and smooth sounds. The sixith annual primitive camping festival presents three days of diverse, feel-good music across five stages, with a stacked late-night silent disco to keep the groove going strong.
The line-up features tons of fresh talent, but attendees will not want to miss up-and-coming act Bells & Robes. Hailing from Gainesville, Fla., Bells & Robes is an electronic dreamwave duo comprised of Luke Sipka and Dean Spaniol. Since their formation in summer 2012, Bells & Robes has evolved to create a transcendental auditory experience that feels somewhat like a dream. Their ability to combine soft, funky sounds with a danceable rythtmic wave will keep the crowd stayin' alive all night long. No strangers to Suwannee, the duo performed in Live Oak, Fla., at Purple Hatter's Ball in 2014 and plans to return to the forest to add spice to the silent disco. Bells & Robes has previously performed alongside acts such as Beats Antique, Emancipator, Odezsa, Papadosio, Reptar, Break Science, Stokeswood, The Heavy Pets, Antihero, Dynohunter and Sounduo, and at multiple festivals in the southeast. Their recent EP, "One Should See Sound", was released exclusively on Grooveshark in September, and was widely successful in the local jamtronica scene. The album embodies their belief that music should meld the senses to create a unified, heightened festival experience. In spring 2015, Bells & Robes will be joining Dynohunter on the road for the The Nomad Tour, which is set to hit states such as Colorado, Califronia and Florida.
Chris Brown on Between the Sheets Tour w/ Trey Songz

Multi-platinum-selling, Grammy award-winning, Billboard chart-topping: Chris Brown can claim it all. Now you can catch the talented (and controversial) hip hop superstar on tour with another industry heavyweight, Trey Songz.

Though the two mega-stars planned to embark on their BETWEEN THE SHEETS Tour on January 28th in Hampton, Virginia, Chris Brown’s legal troubles delayed the tour to February and forced the duo to reshuffle show dates. Now back on schedule to hit more than 20 major cities in North America, Chris Brown and Trey Songz – joined by Tyga - promises to bring fans a dose of the talent that has made these stars mainstays in the genre.

The Diplomats Announces Upcoming Tour

It is official, The Diplomats aka Dipset are back! Following their reunion freestyle on the Funkmaster Flex show last month, as well as dropping singles 'Have My Money,' and 'Victory Freestyle,' the iconic Harlem based hip-hop collective announces the launch of their Pledge of Allegiance Tour, set to begin on February 24th at NYC’s B.B. King Blues Club & Grill.

The nationwide tour, led by cardinal group members, Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Freeky Zekey, will be hosted by Hot 97’s DJ Funkmaster Flex and DJ Drewski. Check out the current listings below and stay tuned for additional tour updates.

WHAT TO DO Photo courtesy of: Alexandria Clark
AURA Music & Arts Festival Extends Atmospheric Allure to Live Oak, Florida

Written by Ashley Lombardo and Alexandria Clark

It’s that time of the year again. Gather up your beanies and bundle up in your favorite scarves to prepare for a glorious return to the magical Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. From March 6 to 8, spend the weekend in Live Oak, Fla., getting funked up and enjoying an array of diverse musical acts that can only be attributed to a classic AURA style.

Here's how it happens: after concluding your not-so-quick supply stop at the Busy Bee, you return to your vehicle and squeeze in among a sea of snacks, cozy blankets, freshly chopped fire wood, a pop-up palace and particularly positive vibes. You follow the narrow and nearly deserted road until you finally make it to the last mile, where you pull into the breathtakingly beautiful music park. Pop your tent under a canopy of cypress and oak trees shaded by Spanish moss and get ready to experience a packed schedule of AURA festival music and flow.

An Interview & A Show with Mainland

Whiskey, tacos, barbeque and gangsta rap are just a few of Brooklyn-based band Mainland’s favorite things – and the band is one of ours. When now-best friends, and then-un-joined musical forces Jordan Topf (lead crooner) and Corey Mulley (guitar) met at a party in 2010, they knew the formation of a band together was inevitable. As California natives-turned-New York locals, Jordan and Corey enlisted fellow Golden State'ers Alex Pitta (bass) and Dylan Longstreet (drums) to spread the sound, because, as Jordan says, “What’s better than playing in a band with your best friends? Not a whole lot.”

Event Review: DATSIK, Ninja Station Tour at Terminal 5

Troy Beetles, better known by his stage name DATSIK, blew the speakers and the crowds away at Terminal 5 on Saturday, January 24, 2015 as part of his Ninja Station Tour. The entire sprawling venue was vibrating from the huge bass and every head was banging along to our favorite songs. For DATSIK, his Firepower imprint stands out as an extension of his revered and applauded musical persona so it was unsurprising that he delivered an epic set and unveiled some very creative mashups such as Britney Spears Toxic and Bricks mashup.

Our cheeks and the heated air reverberated as we fully relished in the awesome experience. There was also a sick lineup - Barely Alive, Trolley Snatcha, Kennedy Jones, and LOUDPVCK - warming up the crowd. Everyone started chanting for DATSIK!, DATSIK! and the man himself appears halo'ed within a giant, stripe-lit vortex, a visually astounding stage perfectly fit for the adrenaline-fueled bass show experience.

Thomas Jack @ Sound Nightclub

Australia’s rising star DJ, Thomas Jack, comes to Sound Nightclub for a night of adrenalin-fueled music and partying. The 20-year-old exploded onto the scene with hit single “Final Speech,” which led him to the top of HypeM charts and more. Jack is also an expert producer having remixed tracks like “Little Talks” by Of Monster and Men and Adrian Lux’s “Teenage Crime.”

This Saturday, tune into Jack’s deliciously beautiful sets that will even boast a live jazz orchestra to support his unique style.

Weekend Pick: Sam Smith at The Forum

Sam Smith, the silky-voiced Brit that has serenaded the world with his hit track “Stay with Me,” is on a U.S. tour, his first ever in arenas and theaters. First making a splash when he was featured on Disclosure’s single, “Latch,” Smith’s debut album and hit singles have topped UK charts and US Billboard’s Top 100 in 2014.

This weekend, the crooner stops for a couple of nights at The Forum so his legion of L.A. fans can satiate their thirst for the singer’s sublime vocal skills. Catch him on Thursday and Friday and start your weekend with the ear candy of your dreams.

Grab tickets here before they run out.

What: Sam Smith @ The Forum

When: Thursday & Friday, January 29th & 30th, 8pm

Where: The Forum, 3900 W Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA

Album Review: Klassik's Winter EP

Following the release of his positively received collaborative sophomore LP, Young Rising Phenoms (YRP), back in 2013, Milwaukee rapper, singer and producer, Klassik delivers his latest set, Winter. The new EP is the first installment of Klassik's four-part project entitled Seasons. Pulling musical influences from iconic acts like Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, John Coltrane, Pharell Williams and Steely Dan, Klassik continues to construct his own lane in the world of hip hop and neo-soul with his innovative approach to crafting songs that emit a timeless sound, a talent that in 2014 earned him recognition as one of the top ten Wisconsin artists to watch.