NYC-based and joonbug.com favorites, Andy Suzuki & The Method, will be making their way back to New York City, as they embark on a new tour, opening for seasoned singer/songwriter Marc Broussard this fall. Returning to NYC on October 8th, the band will show off their growth at the Highline Ballroom, with an all-new set, including new songs and most of all, renewed energy.
The trio, who have been busy over the spring and summer months performing alongside the likes of Wakey! Wakey!, and the legendary Ringo Starr, now join Broussard on a month-long leg of Broussard's "Southern Assembly Tour," which began in North Carolina and will close out in Chester, New York on October 10th with Suzuki and co. as supporters. The tour, in support of Broussard's new album, A Life Worth Living, pairs Broussard's classic jams, with a new batch of his southern soul music, and with the addition of Andy Suzuki & The Method, the concert experience overflows with powerful music that has to be experienced to be believed.
If you're in need of a therapeutic pick-me-upper, then you just may want to give 'Therapy' by Mary J. Blige, a listen. The track from Blige's upcoming 13th studio album, The London Sessions,' which was recorded during Blige's stay in the English capitol, is an introspective cut about letting go hard feelings and beginning the journey to self-healing. As usual, the queen of hip-hop soul keeps it real and proves that she's still is "plain ol' Mary." So go ahead and alleviate some stress during a lunch break, or after a long, hard day of work, and give 'Therapy' a listen. While you're at it you can also check out 'Whole Damn Year,' which was released just hours prior. Bonus tip: Get 'Therapy' for free when you preorder The London Sessions, set to be released on November 14th via iTunes.
Rising pop starlet, Darnaa enlists the urban flair of hip-hop culture in the making of her upcoming visual single to 'Cowgirl' (Remix) with the help of emcee Remy Ma and super producer, Drumma Boy Fresh. The aesthetics of the video, which was shot at various Harlem landmarks, including the world famous Apollo Theater and Doug E.'s Fresh Chicken and Waffles, were all brought to life by prolific hip-hop culture pioneer and movie/commercial director, Ralph McDaniels, who was compelled to lead the project after hearing the audio. "Darnaa is like a pop artist. She has a lot of music that's more rock & roll and pop oriented. This remix has Remy Ma on it. Of course Remy Ma is a well-known hip-hop star and we wanted to do something with her not riding around with cowboys or horses, although we're going to be riding a horse today. But more like an urban scene.
Your first single and music video, "Malala," is a tribute to Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban for wanting to get an education. Was that story what got you involved in women's rights, or have you always been interested? I’ve always believed in women’s rights, but I felt Malala and her story were my call to action. We moved from Pakistan when I was very young and things were starting to get bad, so I never had to experience what Malala did, but I heard stories similar to hers from my family members and friends who still live there. Malala and her cause are very close to my heart and her story speaks to me on a very personal level. In addition to your career, you're also going to college full-time. What's been the biggest challenge you've faced in balancing the two? In the beginning, time management was definitely my biggest problem. Between my music commitments, full-time class schedule, and part-time work at Merced Cancer Center, my plate was full. I tried my best to keep that balance, however, with my increasing commitments to my music, I have had to switch to online school, taking classes from UCLA and UC Berkeley. Education is extremely important to me and I am planning to maintain my GPA as well as get credits equivalent to a full-time student. In the future, I hope to attend Stanford Law School.
You recently performed your first gig, a charity concert for cancer patients, with IM5 and False Puppet. How was it? Any more performances or tours planned in the near future? The show was amazing! It was in my hometown so performing in front of my friends, classmates, and family was an awesome experience. The guys were super nice and we had a fun time. I will actually be going on tour this month with the super-talented and amazing Drake Bell (from Nickelodeon’s “Drake & Josh”), Jacob Latimore, and some other great artists. I’m super stoked, this is my first tour and I’ll be performing at ten different locations on the west coast, and it’ll be such an honor sharing the stage with one of my childhood heroes, Drake! What makes you different from all other musicians in your genre? I’d say the fact that I don’t limit myself to one genre. I like incorporating a lot of different influences into my music, whether it’s country, pop, reggae, hip-hop, or rock. In my opinion, music knows no boundaries and is to be enjoyed in every form. My next EP includes rap, ballads, pop, and country. Is there anything that you would like to say to your fans? Definitely! I love you guys, thank you so much for the support. You are literally the best!! And thank you so much to everyone at Joonbug, you guys are fab!
Be sure to tune in TONIGHT at 1:35e/12:35c to NBC to catch Porter Robinson's first ever television performance, with the hit track, "Sad Machine." Catch him on his "Worlds" tour, which has been garnering critical acclaim, and fan acclaim, wherever it stops.
“Scream,” first played by Martin Garrix at Tomorrowland, has since become one of the hottest festival tracks of the summer, seeing support by the likes of such international stars as Tiësto, Hardwell, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, W&W, R3hab, Blasterjaxx and Bingo Players.
And now, at long last, the hit created by Henry Fong and J-Trick is available for download via Musical Freedom Records.
Buy it right now here.
The homegrown music festival recently announced an impressive line-up for this year’s March 2015 event. Along with many astounding artists, the line-up proudly features two headlining sets by master jam band moe. As an essential part of the improvisational jam/rock scene since the early 1990s, moe. is sure to add a far-out flair to the fest. This multi-stage event will also feature The Disco Biscuits, Papadosio and Snarky Puppy as headlining artists
AURA Music & Arts Festival will take place from March 6– 8 in Live Oak, Florida at the historic and remarkably beautiful Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. The park is situated along the amber Suwannee River, nestled in the heart of an 800 acre oak and cypress tree forest. The venue allows RV and primitive camping, and offers various opportunities for outdoor activities such as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, disc golf and biking. Affectionately referred to as “Suwannee” by familiar fans, the park provides an incomparable atmosphere for an extraordinary and unforgettable experience.
Everything you ever knew about cinema is about to be challenged.
Tomorrow, September 23rd, two-time Grammy nominated producer, Dirty South releases his debut film, and with it, a sensory experience unlike any other.
See the album. Hear the movie.
Engross yourself in a tale of love, surrender yourself to the music, and experience the incredible film, With You.
A tale of two star-crossed lovers at its helm, With You takes us on quest and one love-struck man sets out to find a long lost love, one that has tempered into a vacant memory of the past.
Written, directed, and shot by Dirty South, the film is fueled with true emotion, artistic ingenuity, and sewn masterfully together by a series of hauntingly poignant melodies.
Before disappearing from the scene in order to work on his next album, French producer Gesaffelstein will make his way to North America to perform close out his live set performances of his most recent album, Aleph.
This hiccup of a tour includes just two stops: Montreal on November 5th and New York City’s Terminal 5 on November 6th. Tickets for this final show go on sale on Friday, September 26th, so be prepared to purchase.
We had a chance to catch Gesaffelstein just recently at Ezoo, and trust us, this is not a show you will want to miss.
Despite only working together for eighteen months, trap production duo, Diskord, surely isn't wasting any time. This week, the news dropped that renowned UK label, Circus Records, snapped them up, with their first release hopefully hitting before the end of the year. It’s certainly a strong step for the pair, with roots pulling in from the heart of Bristol.
While they haven’t released any EPs as of yet, Never Say Die just recently picked up their gnarly track “Freak” for the annual 2014 compilation with UKF. They will undoubtedly have much more original material to come, and it’s become way clear that the boys have an ear for rolling bass lines and rippling melodies. “Go Hard” is a trap-style number, mixing in an eclectic variety of influence through other bass genres. It should be a turning point in the duo’s careers, and we look forward to seeing what they deliver in the coming months.
For now, listeners can get a taste of the Diskord sound here.
Michigan-bred experimental dream pop band, Hollow & Akimbo roused an expectant crowd recently at Pianos in NYC. In a whirlwind stop to the Big Apple, they came (Jonathan Visger, Brian Konicek, and Mike Higgens), played, and they CONQUERED.
Hollow & Akimbo mounted the stage as their audience fell silent. Suddenly, the crowd was plunged into darkness as a spectacular light show illuminated the venue, transforming the intimate gathering into a stadium vibe. “This is our first trip to New York ever,” Visger admitted to a chorus of hoots and hollers.