Since the release of his self-titled debut in 2011, James Blake has been on a steady climb to stardom. His music ranges from ambient experimental, to 808 heavy electro-trap, and the skill at which he achieves these sounds has made Blake a must-see ticket wherever he stops. This past Wednesday (November 6), Blake started the first of his two-night New York City stay for his ‘Overgrown Tour’ at NYC’s Terminal 5.
Opened by Nosaj Thing, Blake, a master of minimalism, entered his low maintenance stage before setting off what may possibly be the best light show in the business, with sensitivity matching the intensity of the bass of the songs. Absolutely incredible. Playing records from his latest album, Overgrown, along with popular cuts from his debut, as well as pre-debut projects(“CMYK”), Blake brought the records to life, literally re-creating songs with his loop machine, at one point even restarting a loop on “Retrograde” because he didn’t approve of his first take. Blake is a natural and his live show displays his wide array of talent. Vocally he matches the quality of his studio cuts, his live compositions and extensions of records increase already great records to new heights, and his ability to to turn up the intensity of his records is astonishing.
James Blake is having an amazing year. Following the release of his sophomore album, Overgrown, touring around the world, as well as recently receiving Britain's coveted Mercury Prize, Blake is set to hit New York City's Terminal 5 for a two-night sold-out event. Blake a master of lo-fi and minimal music has commanded the full attention of the music world, with appearances at Drake's OVO Fest, along with Late-night television performances. For those who able to attend, be prepared to be wowed by the British star whose live show compliments his music beautifully. For those unable to attend, don't be down, follow Blake's site for future tour dates.
Check out Blake's latest video for his single "Life Round Here" featuring Chance The Rapper below.
Everyone loves a good record to dance to, but what about those moments when life slows down? Well, Andy Suzuki & The Method have provided the soundtrack for those very moments, with their latest album Born out of Mischief. Currently touring the East Coast and Canada in support of the album, the New York City based group will have their homecoming on Saturday, October 5th at Mercury Lounge. Having supported the likes of Amanda Palmer, Delta Rae, and Eric Hutchinson, Suzuki and co. are quickly establishing themselves as the next big thing in acoustic pop music. From beautiful strings, to Suzuki’s flawless voice, the group captures your ears, heart, and soul with their music. This is undoubtedly a group to look out for, and you don’t want to miss the chance to hear them live before they blow. Watch the new video for their single “Keep Me Running” below, and stream the full album here. Tickets are $10.
I was recently asked to find a place where Miamians can unite in harmony and celebrate who we are. Although we're often referred to as the City that Never Sleeps...we're more than that. We're also the city that inspires and creates. We hold some of the most eccentric artists out there. With that said, I introduce...the OPEN STAGE CLUB.
Definitely a mix of the traditional bar and the modern eclectic venue, this place has raised the standards for the Miami bar and live entertainment altogether. There's always something new at the OSC. You can step into the past on Mondays while listening to Sinatra ballads. You can laugh on Open Mic Wednesdays and listen to newly featured artists every week.
Canadian electro-pop musician, Lights continued her slew of tours, making a pit stop at Irving Plaza April 20. However, any concertgoer that hadn’t checked her tour dates before hand would have assumed this was her kick-off show. You will be hard pressed to find a musician with this much energy and charisma onstage.
Opening the show with her new single “Banner,” Lights bounced onstage ready to go – and remained that way the entire hour and a half. With a good mix of songs from her latest endeavor “Siberia” and debut album “The Listening,” Lights covered all the fan favorites and kept the crowd ringing in the applause and chanting.
Yesterday afternoon, pop superstar and American Idol winner Kris Allen came to Robert Frost Middle School in Los Angeles to kick off Starburst's Music With The Masters Series; which benefits the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. The first of three events held in various cities over the coming months included Allen performing his hit single "Live Like We're Dying" with the school band and walking them on a tour through his musical history.
The presentation also featured Allen covering some of his favorite songs throughout time (including Coolio's "Gangstas Paradise" and to "keep the crowds interested," "Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears). He capped the presentation by performing his new hit "The Vision of Love." To top off the event, in conjunction with Starburst, he donated the piano used in both music video and his performance to the school. Overall, the event served as a great kick off to the series in conjunction with which Starburst is donated $250k to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.
Comedian Tommy Davidson doesn't discriminate. He'll find something funny in everyone and everything, from black people to white people to Obama and even dinosaurs. This comedy vet has been doing stand-up since the 80's and is widely known for his impersonations, made famous on In Living Color in the '90s. You can also catch him in chuckle-worthy flicks like Booty Call, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls and Juwanna Mann.
Who were some of your comedy heroes growing up?
Richard Pryor number one. Bill Cosby. Eddie Murphy.
The American Music Awards will take place in Los Angeles Nokia Theatre on November 21 at 5.00PM. I'm afraid the price of the tickets looks horribly expensive. Check out the list of the live performers !
Kid Rock, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Carlos Santana, Gavin Rossdale, New Kids on the Block & Backstreet Boys (wait.. what ???), Rihanna, Ne-Yo & Sean "Diddy" Combs, Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera, Bon Jovi, Pink, Usher.
Who said kids rule the world because of their parents visa ? Go tweet little bird ! The voting period is closed now. The show will be on ABC.
It was a sorrowful and heart-breaking Christmas for the family and friends of Vic Chesnutt, who died in a hospital in Athens, Georgia on December 25th. The 45 year old folk singer-songwriter had spent two days in a coma after attempting suicide by overdosing on muscle relaxers. The founders of Constellation records, Chesnutt’s label, released this statement:
"In the few short years that we knew him personally, Vic transformed our sense of what true character, grace and determination are all about. Our grief is inexpressible and Vic's absence unfathomable."
As we find ourselves well into the “digital age” and a vast majority of people find themselves using the internet as their primary source for news, it sometimes pays off to pay the required pocket change for an archaically fast-fading newspaper, even for the super thick Sunday edition. In England’s Sunday Times newspaper, the week-end feature-ette of the London Times, loyal print patrons received a special bonus by way of a free CD by the former Brit-pop superpower Blur. The ten-track addition, made exclusively available for the November 22 issue, is a composite of live performances of classic Blur tunes that the group performed during their short-lived 2009 reunion. The paper also included an opportunity for an extra five songs that can be downloaded from itunes for free on November 29.