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SOB's PARTYNEXTDOOR on Tour Now

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.

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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.

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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.
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Feeling Inspired: Roee and Yael Carmel Chat With Joonbug.com About the Evolution of the I Feel Experience

Founded and produced by Roee and Yael Carmel of Carmel Productions, the I Feel Experience was conceived with the notion to offer artistic New Yorker’s an outlet for expression, creativity, and dance-- a place where they could go to immerse themselves in a world free of judgment. For you see, for those that attend these gatherings, I Feel is not just a party—it’s an escape into a world filled with love, brotherhood, and above all, acceptance. I Feel applauds the individual, celebrates their unique gifts, and champions their artistic mind. I Feel is a community where we can at last truly feel free.Back in 2012, creative, uninhibited New Yorker’s seeking to join a community of like minded individuals came together at an intimate venue in the East Village each Friday to emerge themselves in a gathering of self-expression and dance. The beginning of what would soon evolve into one New York City’s most beloved underground parties, these Friday night celebrations were referred to as “I Feel Friday.”

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NYC Beer Week: Beers for (Ten) Days

In the infamous words of Dave Chappelle-cum-Samuel L. Jackson: beer, it'll get you drunk. That's right, starting today, Friday, 20th, through March 1st, New York City Beer Week will be celebrating everything craft beer with tastings, festivals, meal pairings and generally every kind of event that will quench your need for (fine) brew.

Think a 5 course feast, with each course paired with a craft beer from one of the five boroughs (Five Borough Beer Tasting & Dinner), a dialogue on beer culture accompanied by… beers, Rare Beer Night featuring 10 taps, and for those ambitious sud fiends, there’s even a NYC Beer Trail you can check out and check off your list.

For a complete list of events, visit the NYC Brewers Guild website.

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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.

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Sundance Review: The End of the Tour

Written by Brooke Forman, edited by Argiris Sarris

In the film "End of the Tour", we are taken on an exploratory journey between writer and reporter of Rolling Stone magazine, Dave Lipsky and his experience interviewing acclaimed American writer David Foster Wallace. Lipsky, like most of the world, was fascinated by Wallace's literary masterpiece, Infinite Jest, a 1,079 dense paged novel that gained media attention, anxiously unsettling Wallace. End of the Tour is a true story depicting a brilliant writer that wasn't content with being in the center of spotlight.

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Nina Simone Documentary Coming to Netflix

Written by Brooke Forman, edited by Argiris Sarris

Opening the Sundance film festival was a bold and moving documentary, "What Happened, Miss Simone?The world's legendary voice, Nina Simone, overwhelms the viewer with her presence as we are taken into her fragile and troubled life. Struggling as a female African-American artist, she made radical changes and opened the way for many people to follow.

Through the sequence of well selected footage, we see her legacy rise. Beginning as a classical pianist, she then went to sell out seats at Carnegie Hall. The undertone since the beginning of the documentary implied the start of her trickling downfall. From fame and fortune wowing crowds, she went on to perform dressed in rags in Paris dive bars. We are forced to ask, “What Happened Miss Simone”, a line from a Maya Angelou poem, meaning the singer will not sing. Director Liz Garbus, truly paints the portrait of Nina Simone's journey and the impact her voice had not only as a singer, but also as an activist around the world. She became friends with Martin Luther King and Malcom X and marched many protests which she became more devoted to than singing.

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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.

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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.

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What's In-store for Men's Fashion at NY Fashion Week? A Look at European Runways

As New York Fashion Week gets ready to take over the frozen streets of Manhattan, Joonbug saddles up for a throwback of the hottest men's looks that have taken the European runways by storm. Featuring some of the hottest menswear designers from London to Paris, we've got our eye on BoyMeetsStyle.com's Fall/Winter 2015-16's Best of the Best parts 1 and 2.