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Big Gigantic Head Out On Their 'Touch The Sky' Tour This Fall

With their fifth studio album The Night Is Young released just a few months ago, Big Gigantic has just announced the plans for their month long 'Touch The Sky' tour kicking off in early October.

The 'Touch The Sky' features headlining dates from Big Gigantic, with support from Paper Diamond, Manic Focus, and The Floozies, as well as a few supporting dates alongside the infamous Skrillex and Bassnectar.

Big Gigantic is taking their explosive live show to cities all over the country, so if you're lucky enough to be in one of those twenty-one cities, start getting pumped, because, let's be real, playing a massive show at Madison Square Garden alongside Bassnectar is most certainly not the worst way to start a tour,

EARGASMIC
Charli XCX Announces Sophomore Album!

From her work on Icona Pop's hit, 'I Love It,' and the endlessly played 'Fancy' with Iggy Azalea, to her latest world wide sensation, 'Boom Clap,' Charli XCX has certainly been making a name for herself at the young age of 22. In her next step, the electro pop diva has revealed plans for a second album alongside the release of a new edgy single, 'Break The Rules.'

The album is called Sucker and if the title and her newest track, 'Break The Rules,' are any indication, the album is certainly just going to be absolutely filled with her cheeky, 'don't give a f*ck' attitude, all set with incredibly catchy pop hooks and an electronic flair. 'Break The Rules' manages to perfectly capture a great balance of all three, and will definitely be another song to add to her long list of chart toppers.

EARGASMIC
RAC and The Knocks Team Up For Double Release and Tour

The second we heard rumors of The Knocks and RAC coming together for a joint announcement, it immediately struck us how brilliant of a collaboration this could be. Both The Knocks and RAC each deliver some delicious remixes on two of our favorite songs of the entire summer. The Knocks put a grittier spin on 'Cheap Sunglasses' adding in some deep basslines to give us something that kind of reminds us of 'Comfortable,' one of our all time favorites from the NYC duo. RAC also decided to take a similar route, transforming the super upbeat disco single into a mellowed out groove.

But the news doesn't stop there! The Knocks will be joining RAC for most of the dates on their 'Something Classic' tour, with the NYC native Penguin Prison also making a few appearances.

FASHIONABLE
Footwear: Transitioning from Summer to Fall

Well folks, it’s about to be colder. The change from summer to fall is a very big deal in the fashion world as it ignites many a change in our wardrobes; flight hues turns to dark hues, layers increase, lengths lengthen, and light fabrics become heavy knits. Transitioning from one season to the next can sometimes seem tricky, and much like you’re dressing for two seasons in one. Joonbug.com is showing you how to start the transition by switching up your footwear from summer to fall. You don’t necessarily have to give up your open toes right away; here’s some amazing shoes that can help you easily ease your way into the cooler climate.

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Nicki Minaj Drops Fun New Visual for Anaconda!


Nicki Minaj shows off her most enviable assets in the new music video to her latest single, "Anaconda," released on Wednesday, August 20th, at midnight. In the visual, also inspired by Sir Mix-A-Lot's 1992 classic hit, "Baby Got Back," Minaj, 31, is displayed twerking in all her scantily clad glory along with a bevy of curvaceous women in the jungle. She then mimics the jiggling of her glutes to the famous Sir Mix-A-Lot riff, "My anaconda don't want none unless you got buns hun." Sir Mix-A-Lot, 51, called the sample "Good stuff," according to Vlad TV and, has also referred to the "Anaconda" visual as being the "new and improved version" to his "Baby Got Back" video. While Mix-A-Lot and Minaj's version share the commonality of severe rump shaking and pivoting fruits, Nicki steps it up a notch at the end of "Anaconda" and treats fellow Young Money emcee, Drake to a lap dance. "Anaconda" is the second single off of Minaj's third upcoming album, The Pink Print, following the LP's debut single, "Pills n Potions."

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Ariana Grande Demands More Love!


Ariana Grande continues to keep fans in high anticipation for the release of her upcoming sophomore album, My Everything, featuring smash singles "Problem," "Break Free," and "Best Mistake," her collaboration with G.O.O.D Music artist and rumored boyfriend, Big Sean. Just earlier today, the young songstress amazed fans once again with her powerful vocals with the release of another collaboration from the album titled, "Love Me Harder" with PBR&B artist, The Weeknd. The track, co-produced by The Weekend himself alongside Savan Kotecha and Max Martin, showcases a more romantic side to the "Often" singer, who is known for recording raunchy tracks that are more inclined to glorifying drug paraphernalia. However, "Love Me Harder" has a lighter sound with playful lyrics filled with flirty sexual innuendos, which deems the track to be a promising effort on the behalf of both artists. My Everything is now slated to be released on August 25th. Listen to "Love Me Harder" below.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
August Presents: The Greatest Restaurant Openings Ever

As summer slowly winds down, and you’ve almost exhausted your list of restaurants to check out, remember you live in New York and new restaurants are opening each month. So while summer is still here, check out this roundup of several fun and delicious restaurants opening this August that are must try places for all food lovers and anyone looking for something new!


1. Bistango at the Kimberly Hotel (145 E 50th St.)-
Murray Hill’s popular Italian restaurant will be opening its third location on August 20th in the lobby of the Kimberly Hotel. Bistango has been around since 1988, and has become widely known for its popular Italian cuisine, specifically: Bistango Salad (Tuscan kale, arugula, shaved red onion, endive, avocado, drunken goat cheese, and lemon olive oil); Homemade Flatbreads with Imported Italian Gluten-Free Flour (prosciutto, arugula, chive blossoms, fresh ricotta); Stuffed Spinach Ravioli (with roasted garlic and crushed amoretti); and more since Bistango’s menus are updated seasonally. If you’re craving an intimate dining experience, or just delicious food, then Bistango is your place this August.

CELEB SPOTTINGS
Common Hosts Creative Recreation Party in Vegas

The MAGIC fashion convention brought all the hottest celebs to Las Vegas. The trade show gives the fashion community a chance to showcase their newest products and latest trends in men’s and women’s apparel, footwear, and accessories. Rapper/actor Common hosted the official Creative Recreation party at Marquee Nightclub on Monday night.

He walked the red carpet wearing a pair of Creative Recreation shoes and then joined a few friends at his VIP table. His table was conveniently near the dance floor where he was able to interact and energize the crowd.

CAUSE OF THE WEEK
Taking the #IceBucketChallenge to the Streets

In case you have taken residency under a boulder, the latest social media fad involves dumping a bucket of ice water over your head, and then nominating others to follw suit. Seriously. As silly as it may sound, the premise behind it promotes a very good cause—raising awareness for serious disease that may have otherwise been bypassed.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.” The ALS Association has begun the Ice Bucket Challenge, which dares people to either pour a bucket of ice water over their head, or donate. Many people have opted to do both. This promotes awareness while also earning money for research. Donations are at an all-time high and awareness is exponential.

ROCK OUT
Live Review: Sultan Bathery at Don Pedro's

Sultan Bathery
; a town in Wayanad, Kerala, India. Sultan Bathery the band; four Italian guys who play psych/garage/punk-rock. Psych/garage/punk-rock; derivative forms of rock, which have African-American roots. Don Pedros; the Mexican Restaurant in Brooklyn, where the derivative forms of rock with the African-American roots were played, by the Italian guys with the Indian band name, in the USA...and they psych/garage/punk-rocked it!
Sultan Bathery needed no introduction, blazing into the blues-infused "Mirror," with a heavy bass line not unlike those of The Black Keys. Trippy, echoed riffs accompanied pounding percussion as frontman Giovanni Ongaro wailed out in a daze, "Oh, I see you in a thousand shards sparkling as gold, oh I see you like a grain of sand dried in the sun...now you're free to be what you want, to be what you want...oh, the mirror is falling off the wall, falling off the wall..." "Satellite" got the crowd up and moving, the irresistibly infectious beat reminiscent of The Kinks engulfed the venue. A deceptively peppy-sounding tune, "Satellite" sadly deals with the death of a friend, and the lyrics are absolutely heart-wrenching. "My friend Mike has left his body and he won't be here for you, he doesn't know where he's going," Ongaro sang, "Mom and Dad, they can't stop crying, as he laughs from the top...he doesn't know where he's going..." The highlight of Sultan Bathery's set was the enticingly dramatic "Purple Moon." The crowd was completely mesmerized, as multicolored lights blinked, a fog machine blew smoke and the guys let loose, aggressively jamming on their instruments. The rhythmic lyrics were short and sweet, woven in-between transcendent, otherworldly instrumentals: "Purple Moon, are you calling me from above? Your dull sound looms in the dust of this empty room...Sleep and snore in your pane on the floor, a strange old tune makes me dream of purple moon..." Another stand-out was "On The Run," a tune that explored the subject of escapism with twisting, churning instrumentals, and a full-on guitar break down at it's conclusion. "Good To Me" threw a dash of rockabilly into the predominantly garage-rock mixture, continuing to wake up the crowd with a bouncy, danceable beat. Lastly, "Where The Lights Are" saw Sultan Bathery channel fellow rockers, The Dead Weather, with no-holds-barred percussion and a fuzzy guitar solo that just wouldn't quit. Shouts of "GRAZIE! GRAZIE!" were issued from Ongaro, as the band exited the stage to greet their fans before heading out. Internationally influenced; Sultan Bathery demonstrates the beauty of diversity. Well done, guys!
DELICIOUS DEBUTS
The Med Trend Heats Up with Simit and Smith

It is not hard to fulfill a craving in NYC. From the classic and popular, to the obscure and bizarre, there is the perfect edible concoction to satisfy your hunger at any given point, and the chances are it will also be really really good. Insomuch, it almost seems merely impossible to find something new and original in a city that has just about everything already; however, something different has recently come into the NYC food scene in the form of Simit and Smith.

A collection of cafes in the New York area that feature handmade Mediterranean Simit bread for breakfast, lunch, and snacks, Joonbug.com recently had the chance to sit down with the District Manager of Simit and Smith, Oz Aksar, and we sampled some of the best they had to offer.