After the sucess Sam Smith had last year, this soulful British singer truely needs no introduction. Smith first caught the world’s ear when he was featured on Disclosure’s hit 2012 single, Latch. However, it wasn’t until the release of his debut studio album, In The Lonely Hour, that Sam Smith really blew up, with the album’s third single Stay With Me reaching number one in the UK and number two in the US. Nominated for six Grammy Awards at the ripe old age of 22, Sam Smith promises to be one voice we haven’t heard the last of. See for yourself this Saturday at Agganis Arena, and make sure to keep some Kleenex handy.
What: Sam Smith at Agganis Arena
When: Saturday, January 17th, 7:30pm
Where: Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA
End the weekend right, with some more dance music with another Dutch native artist Wildstylez. Known for his taste that demonstrates anything goes. Wildstylez paved the way for different feel of hardstyle genre of music, Mixing elements from many forms of music, he never ceases to amaze. Hardstyle is a music genre that shows similarities to trance, gabber and hardtrance. Hardstyle is known as hard dance, hard trance or hardbass in countries outside the Netherlands, often described as hard beats with a strong melody.
Popular for their unusual blend of rock and electro house, Dirtyphonics first hit the scene in 2006 as a metal band. That's right, a metal band. With the motive to transcend the energy of a rock show, over the next few years, the band evolved their sound by fusing house music, drums & bass and dubstep to create the perfect balance of electro rock. The last few years have brought the band to music festivals both in USA and worldwide to lead to this moment: their brand new EP, Write Your Future.
With all the new artists that we see entering the EDM scene, Ferry Corsten is one to make sure that the early pioneers of Techno and EDM are still alive and kicking! Corsten is one name that's been in the game since 1999, remixing some of the most iconic music we've heard over the years, co-creating his own dance label named Tsunami, of course, seven albums and now, his much-awaited EP.
Hello World is the first segment in a series of three. With seven tracks on the list, the EP features some of the most exciting names in the world EDM and Trance. The first single, released in 2014, is the quickly popular electro-pop track, "Hyper Love" featuring Nat Dunn. "Back to Paradise" is another track to look out for with vocals by Haris. As seasoned as Ferry Corsten is, this EP is definitely a sure shot party-starter!
Queens-based artist Princess Nokia has released a dark new track, “Anomaly!” Nokia is a collaboration between vocalist Destiny Ortiz and producer OWWWLS aka Chris Lare. “Anomaly” will send shivers down your spine in the best way possible. We here at Joonbug originally discovered Destiny when she was featured on Mykki Blanco’s fierce banger “Wish You Would.” She blew us away with her Lil Kim-esque vocals, and spot-on Tank Girl reference, and now we’re pleased to report that her talents have continued well into her collaboration. “Anomaly” pairs Ortiz’s dreamy vocals, with Lare’s steady, pulsing beat replete with sinister undertones, creating a soundtrack befitting both dreams and nightmares alike. The track is a complete 180 from her hardass verse in Blanco’s track; it’s hauntingly gorgeous, filled with lyrics discussing everything from social injustices to personal insecurities. Check out the track below and let us know what you think!
Popularly known for his weekly radio show titled Global DJ Broadcast and his quirky formats of mixing and releasing music for the last eight years, Markus Schulz has released compilation albums dedicated to the city that had inspired him each year. The last few years include Buenos Aires (2013), Miami (2005), Ibiza (2006), Amsterdam (2008) and Los Angeles (2012), to name a few. 2015 seems to have called for new ideas because this year's mix called "City Series" will feature one brand new track released every month dedicated to a city that he'll be subsequently performing in.
Austin-based blues rocker and guitar goddess Jackie Venson has released the music video for her latest single, “See What You Want,” and it’s a trip! Somewhat of a musical prodigy, Venson has been singing and songwriting for over 17 years, playing the piano for about 14, but only jamming on the guitar for four short years...and has she got skills! “See What You Want” taps out at nearly six minutes, but we’re not complaining: Venson kills it with her crystal-clear vocal delivery, insane musicality, and psychedelic visuals that will leave you begging for more. If you’re looking for a good time, skip to the five minute mark an be amazed as Venson completely lets loose in a guitar solo for the ages. Check out the video below!
Nothing says "I love you" like the gift of Friends on Mushrooms, so naturally Israeli DJ/producer duo Infected Mushroom had to up the ante on their three volume series from last year by making the deluxe edition their first release of 2015. The 17-track compilation offers a sweeping selection of fan favorites from Friends on Mushrooms Vol. 1-3 like 'Savant on Mushrooms,' 'Mambacore,' and 'Rise Up,' as well as the added bonus of Indaba remix contest winner RIOT's remix of 'Kipod' and not one, but two new singles from Infected Mushroom themselves.
After making waves with a number of club bangers including, 'Tsunami,' 'Break The House,' 'Wildfire,' and 'Invincible,' Borgeous ends 2014 with the visual to 'Toast' (remix), his latest single featuring DJ Whoo Kid, Wiz Khalifa and, Waka Flocka. In the visual, the foursome embodies everything that is a great New Year's Eve party bash, from dousing the crowd with champagne, to Waka and Wiz dancing and chanting 'Turn The F---- Up,' in front of vibrant, garrish graphics, which is quite reminiscent of a classic MTV video. Check out the new visual below. You just may want to play this video repeatedly in the privacy of your own home with family and friends to create your own ball drop countdown celebration just in case you decide to stay indoors this year.
Catfish and the Bottlemen - Kathleen and the Other Three
With their all black attire, ripped jeans, leather jackets, and unruly hair, Welsh band Catfish and the Bottlemen have hit the scene in true rock fashion. The young quartet released their third EP this past year in lieu of their debut album, The Balcony. Despite the early release in the UK, the full-length album will be released on January 6th in the U.S. , with pre-order bundles available now. The four songs from the EP will be included, as well as their latest single, “Cocoon”. Don’t sleep on this band’s truthful lyrics, addictive guitar riffs, and natural head-banging melodies -especially while they’re on their North American tour starting in February.