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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Hearing a Damaged Goods tune drop in a big room club is always an out-of-body experience - and if you call that an exaggeration, you've clearly never experienced that triplet bass on a major sound system first-hand. You wouldn't expect anything less from the artist - considered one of the most interesting and eccentric characters in nightlife - who's been tweaking the recipe for over half a decade and testing it out on some of the most competitive stages in the world.
He couldn't have started the year off with more of a bang. His recent remix of A-Trak's hit "Push" brings all the intensity and energy that Damaged Goods has become known for...and then it kicks it up a few notches. A collaboration with fellow Miami-producer Cosmo, the remix is loaded with hard-hitting bass lines inserted at all the right moments. Unexpectedly, the groove of the original is left intact, creating a unique and infectious fusion of funky and fierce. It's already earned praised from A-Trak, and has been receiving heavy play in big rooms around the country, but that's no big surprise with a track that came from Damaged Goods.
Christopher Wilson, better known by stage name Riot Ten, is set to have his best year yet. He came to relevance after dropping his rambunctious remix of A$AP Ferg’s “Murda Something” - a remix so undeniable that the Trap Lord himself started playing it at his shows. Since then, Riot Ten has been getting support from some of electronic music’s most prominent names such as Krewella, Adventure Club, Flux Pavilion, Victor Niglio, etc.
Wilson, who sometimes dons a mask while performing, started producing hip hop at the age of 16 and began, around 2011, to experimenting with more electronic sounds. When the lovechild of southern-influenced hip hop and electronic dance music - which would come to be known as the subgenre trap - was born a little later, Wilson took full advantage. He quickly started making a name for himself playing local gigs in El Paso, Texas. Now, the man who admits he’s had shows where there was no one in the crowd is performing in front of thousands at music festivals and is getting ready for his Spring Fling Tour.