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.

PRhyme (DJ Premier & Royce Da 5'9) at The Highline Ballroom

If you're tired of the flashy "hip hop" that's currently dominating the scene when all you wanna do is to hear some quality "dope rhymes, dope beats," then you're in luck this weekend. PRhyme, the aptly named duo is the collaborative project of DJ Premier and Slaughter House's own, Royce Da 5'9". Although the group released their debut album late in 2014, they've already garnered universal claim from critics and are being touted by critics as a "hardcore rap fan's fantasy realized; it's also one of those mythical instances of a good-looking tracklist exceeding all expectations."

But don't take the critics' word for it, head to the Highline Ballroom this Sunday and experience the duo's sound yourself. With Premo on the turnatables and Royce spitting potent bars with his sharp delivery on the microphone, this performance is sure to be epic. Opening acts include Your Old Droog and Boldy James. Get more info and tickets here.

What: DJ Premier & Royce Da 5'9" Headlines at The Highline Ballroom

When: Sunday, February 22nd, 9pm

Where: The Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16th St., New York, NY

Weekend Pick: NERVO @ Space Ibiza New York

New Yorkers, grab your tickets while they last to see popular Australian based dance music duo, NERVO, make their prolonged Space Ibiza Space New York debut this Friday. The models-turned-songwriters-turned-EDM darlings have worked with superstars like Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, the Pussycat Dolls, and industry heavyweights like Armin van Buuren.

The duo, individually known as twins Liv and Mim Nervo, will entertain the crowd with their awesome vocals and spins on the turntables, which has earned them major recognition at major club venues and music festivals worldwide.

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.

Weekend Pick: R3hab at Pacha

With the All Star Game frenzy and Valentine's Day in the same weekend, Who needs another reason to party? Well here's one anyway: R3hab X Pacha.

The Dutch DJ and producer has established his name as one of the highest requested in the international dance scene, and travels the world playing in the most elite venues and festivals. This Saturday, R3hab returns to Pacha - "the booth he calls home" and he has some new sounds that you won't want to miss. Get ready to hear his latest hit, "Burnin'" with Calvin Harris, on Pacha's awesome system and prepare yourself for hard-hitting party heaven.

What: R3hab at Pacha

When: Saturday, February 14th, 10pm

Where: Pacha NYC, 618 W 46th St, New York, NY

Event Review: PAPER DIAMOND at Best Buy Theater

PAPER DIAMOND is a one of a kind artist who brings his own unique music to the table. On February 6, 2015 the Best Buy Theater speakers was rocked by the producer/DJ's incredible performance.

While still on his Rain Drops Tour, the Colorado raised and LA-based electronic producer delivered exactly what his fans expected. He featured an entirely custom speaker system by PK Sound along with a brilliantly executed and visually pleasing stage design by PAPER DIAMOND and his crew.

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.”