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Lollapalooza drops 2015 lineup with Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence and The Machine


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A day after Outside Lands revealed its top bills, Lollapalooza has joined the party with its official 2015 lineup. The Chicago-centric festival takes place in Grant Park on July 31 – August 2.

Rock legends Paul McCartney as well as Metallica highlight the big names. Other notable acts include Florence and The Machine, Sam Smith, Bassnectar, The Weeknd, alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men, Kaskade, Alesso, Tame Impala, Asap Rocky, and Kid Cudi.

Weekend passes are already sold out, with single-days going on sale this morning via the festival’s official website. Peep the entire lineup below.

If you’re heading to the Windy City this August, who are you most excited to see?

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Outside Lands Lineup 2015


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San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival announced their lineup today and it is absolutely phenomenal. Headliners vary from Elton John to Kendrick Lamar. Outside Lands is taking place August 8-10 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

 

Top 10 artists I’m most excited to see (in no particular order):

Elton John
Mumford & Sons
Sam Smith
Kendrick Lamar
G-Eazy
Milky Chance
Odesza
James Bay
Leon Bridges
Fantastic Negrito

 

Update: Preview Outside Lands 2015 with this Spotify Playlist:

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Pitchfork Music Festival drops their 2015 Lineup featuring Wilco, Chance The Rapper, and Sleater-Kinney


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Pitchfork Music Festival is the latest to drop their 2015 lineup. The Chicago-based concert, which takes place in Union Park from July 17-19, will include top bills of Wilco, Chance The Rapper, and Sleater-Kinney. Other notable acts include Future Islands, CHVRCHES, Run The Jewels, The New Pornographers, Caribou, and Mac DeMarco, among others.

Single day tickets as well as three-day passes are now available over on the festival’s official website.

If you’re heading to P4k, who are you most excited to check out?

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Coachella Music Festival Releases 2015 Line Up With AC/DC, Jack White, Drake


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Indio, California must be beaming right about now. Coachella Music Festival, situated in the sunny SoCal desert, has just released it’s 2015 lineup. The three-day fest will anchor its setlist with top bills of AC/DC, Jack White, and Drake.

Other major acts include Tame Impala, The Weeknd, Alesso, Alabama Shakes, Nero, Axwel Ingrosso, alt-J, Ratatat, Hozier, Florence and the Machine, Kaskade, David Guetta, and St. Vincent among others.

Weekend 1 takes place from April 10 – 12, and Weekend 2 wraps up the festival from April 17-19.

Ticket sales go live tomorrow.


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7 Must-See Shows at SnowGlobe 2014 That Aren’t Headliners


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There may not be a better way to ring in the New Year than attending SnowGlobe Music Festival, situated in scenic South Lake Tahoe, to the tune of Disclosure, Flume, Porter Robinson, Skrillex, and Zedd serving as major headliners. The EDM scene has equally dominated charts and fests in 2014, so SG seems like a natural cap to a year driven by DJs.

The most rowdy set should be Flume, with the Aussie-native shutting down the Main Stage as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. Skrillex and Porter Robinson will get similar nods on Friday and Saturday, respectively, so who else should you be seeing on Tahoe’s snowcapped mountains?

If you find yourself at SnowGlobe come this year’s end, make sure to check out these other fantastic acts that aren’t headliners.


7. Bro Safari

When he says “bro,” you say “safari.” Bro! Safari!

6. Branchez

Stretch appropriately for B’s brand of smooth, melodic trap.

5. Cherub

Their falsetto makes all the girls soon.

4. Odesza

Catchy beats, chill melodies, and poppy hooks. What’s not to love?

3. Flux Pavillon

FP will be sure to bust out hyper synths and a busy light show.

2. Atmosphere

A wildcard in a fest lined with EDM artists, but don’t sleep on this hip-hop duo. This will be a party.

1. Phantogram

Phantogram’s bouncy production and seductive vocals will have you feeling some type of way.

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Skrillex, Porter Robinson, Flume Top SnowGlobe Festival 2014 Lineup


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SnowGlobe Music Festival, situated in picture-perfect South Lake Tahoe, California, will ring in the New Year against the mountains to the tune of Disclosure, Flume, Porter Robinson, Skrillex and Zedd as its top bills.

Other big-name acts include Atmosphere, Flux Pavillon, Phantogram, and Odesza.

The three-day festival will be held on the Lake Tahoe Community College campus, Dec. 29 – 31, in what will be a surefire New Year’s Eve banger.

Single-day tickets are still available.

Check out the lineup announcement video below, and also soak in SG’s surreal festival setting.


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Common’s AAHH! Fest Enlists Dave Chappelle, Will Kanye Make An Appearance?


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AAHH! Fest is a newly minted music festival that will take place this Sunday at Chicago’s Union Park (the same grounds that host Pitchfork Music Festival.) Curated by the city’s own Common, the lineup includes top bills like Lupe Fiasco, De La Soul, and Jay Electronica, among others. The fest will be hosted by legendary (and rare) comedian Dave Chappelle, who could probably justify the ticket cost alone.

The lineup also notes a “very special guest.” Whispers around town have been rumoring the guest to be Kanye West, which wouldn’t be all too surprising. When Mr. Chappelle did a gig at Radio City Music Hall a couple months ago, Yeezy stopped by to give a surprise performance. Could lightning strike twice?

Either way, AAHH! Fest should be a cool, Chicago-centric time as the city winds down with summer’s close.

A community showcase will take place from 10AM-1PM, while the main stage acts will go from 4PM-10PM on September 21.


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The 7 Sweetest Moments from Lollapalooza 2014


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Every year for what’s now been 10 years running, Lollapalooza has invaded the grounds of Grant Park in Chicago, IL and grips the city in an awesome and unavoidable way. In the week leading up to the festival, you can feel the metro area swelling up, as if to prepare for the oncoming chaos. And regardless of what you thought of this year’s lineup (meh), Lolla is always a party full of spectacular moments.

This year’s fest was no exception to this rule. It’s a tall task to sum up 72-hours of music, mud, and general mayhem in just 7 small yet encapsulating moments, but I did my best for everybody’s fleeting attention spans.

Here are  The 7 Sweetest Moments from Lollapalooza 2014 below.

7. Portugal. The Man Covering It’s Always Sunny’s “Dayman”

Covers can be cheesy and predictable. Sure, we’ve all heard the indie band who does a rendition of an old Snoop Dog song or something and people go nuts over it. But, what about when a band dramatically covers a song from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia? Awesome.

6. Toothless Gosling and Prison Mike Sinage

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Festival signage usually falls within the realm of inside joke or completely and randomly awesome. These are both examples of the later.

5. Andre 3000 Bringing Girls On Stage To Shake It Like A Polaroid Picture

It’s impossible to not dance when “Hey Ya” comes on. It’s perfect. To prove this point, Andre 3000 brought some Beyonce’s and Lucy Lu’s on stage to get down to his now classic hit. I’m not complaining.

4. Grouplove Covering Beastie Boys’s “Sabotage”

Sooo, remember that thing I said about indie bands covering hip-hop songs earlier? Yeah, still awesome.

3. Malia Obama Snapping Photos With Concertgoers Like It’s No Big Deal

The First Lady was recently spotted with her daughters at the Chicago stop of the “On The Run” tour just the other week. These gals have a pretty good taste in music, I’d say.

2. Rihanna Joining Eminem for a Rendition of “Stan”

With Em and Ri kicking off a tour in Detroit soon, many expected the duo to share the stage at some point during the legendary emcee’s Lolla set. Well, it happened and it was especially awesome that she stuck around for “Stan.”

1. Chance Bringing Out R. Kelly for “Ignition (Remix)”

Chance’s set was something of a momentous event. A hometown kid headlining Perry’s stage with a crowd that arguably rivaled next door neighbor headliners Kings of Leon and Skrillex. And then Chano brought out another Chicago legend just to put icing on the cake. Nailed it.

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Lollapalooza 2014: 7 Must-See Acts That Aren’t Headliners


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Lollapalooza is fast approaching this weekend with main-stage legends coming by way of Eminem, OutKast and Kings of Leon. The annual Chicago music festival held against the city’s skyline is hip-hop top heavy this year, and it make sense when you think about the town’s emerging rap scene. It’s hard to say who’s the bigger or more exciting bill between Em and OutKast, but I may have to give the nod to Slim Shady since Big Boi and Andre 3000 are hitting virtually every U.S. city this summer. So, who else do you have to catch that won’t be playing at the Bud Light or Samsung Galaxy stages?

If you find yourself in the Windy City this weekend, make sure to check out these other great non-headlining sets.

7. Iggy Azalea

Iggy’s breakout summer jam “Fancy” has dominated charts all season. Though she’s a rising name in hip-hop, you already know this crowd is going to be filled with chicks getting white girl wasted. Bring it on.

6. Phantogram

Haunting, bouncy, and beautiful all at the same time, Phantogram blends sample-based electronic music with lead singer Sarah Barthel’s tragically smooth vocals. Expect a super cool light show too.

5. Foster The People

You probably remember Foster The People destroying radio waves a few summers ago with “Pumped Up Kicks.” Well, their new song “Best Friends” is pretty addicting too. This will be sure to be an awesomely bouncy set.

4. Nas

This Queensbridge-native is a certified living legend, and he’s been performing his classic Illmatic in full all summer to celebrate its 20th anniversary. You don’t want to miss this kind of momentous show.

3. Flume

Flume breeds a kind of electronic music that is quite unlike anybody else. Both brooding and infectious, the Australian-born producer will be sure to deliver a rave for the ages.

2. Chromeo

Chromeo sets are guaranteed to be funky, fresh, and fun. Expect lots of high-flying guitar and super-soaked synths that sound like they’re blaring straight from the 80s.

1. Chance The Rapper

Hometown hero Chance The Rapper was grossly under-staged last year at Lolla, but this year he’ll be closing down Perry’s stage. With a flurry of syllabic rhymes and an addictive turn-down-for-what energy, don’t be surprised if this MC’s crowd rivals Skrillex or Kings of Leon playing nearby.

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Coachella 2014: 7 Must-See Acts That Aren’t Headliners


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With the first weekend of Coachella just days away, it’s no secret that the must-see performance of the festival is OutKast on Friday night. The dynamic duo is celebrating their 20th anniversary and haven’t hit the stage together in years. Muse and Arcade Fire will be sure to hold it down as the other two top bills on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, but what everybody else?

If you’re heading down to the desert this weekend, be sure to check out these other great non-headlining acts.


7. Banks

Sexy and sultry, Banks’ mysterious sound will remind you of a female version of the Weeknd. This alternative r&b songstress hails from L.A., so expect a hometown crowd cheering her on.

6. Lorde

The young crooner from New Zealand absolutely took over the charts last year with her moody, yet pop-friendly hits. Although she’s only 17, she’s helmed the spotlight smoothly, playing on stages as big as the Grammy’s. Plus, her awkward, jerky dance movements are a sight to be seen.

5. Chance The Rapper

Hailing from Chicago, Chance has made big waves off a couple of mixtapes that have landed him features with the likes of Lil Wayne and Justin Bieber. But where the young MC really shines is under the stage lights. His raw energy and passion is contagious.

4. Calvin Harris

If you’ve been out to any bar, venue, stadium or outing in the past couple of years, chances are you’ve danced foolishly to a Calvin Harris jam. The Scottish DJ just knows how to make a crowd move, and the Sahara Tent will be no exception.

3. Beck

Beck is a true living legend. Making his rounds in the 90s, Beck infused hip-hop, soul, funk and rock with seamless ease. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to see a this veteran, American musician in sunny California.

2. Skrillex

Love him or hate him, Skrillex knows how to throw a party. The energy he brings to his shows is infectious and his drops will definitely melt your face off. Be ready to rage if you’re going to catch this set on Saturday.

1. Pharell Williams

Skateboard P has been sculpting pop’s landscape for the past couple of decades, but this past year has been his best yet. His slot at Coachella should be a surefire party of number one hits. Don’t be shocked if he brings a surprise or two on stage with him either. The guy has probably worked with half of the festival’s lineup, after all.

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Kid Cudi Unexpectedly Released His Album ‘Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon’ (+ MP3)


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One of the biggest surprises of last year was when Beyoncé released a 5th album as a complete surprise to all fans and press. It caused a huge splash and further respect for Queen Bey. Today, it appears other artists are following suit, the latest of whom being Kid Cudi, who today released his album Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon, which was originally due out on April 29th.

The approach completely goes against all things traditional, whereby the marketing leading up to the album release often outdoes the album itself. We typically see three singles released before an entire album, and all leading up to the release, fans are anxiously awaiting the day they can get their hands on the entire album, either legally or illegally. But as we’ve seen it, the shine tends to wear off pretty quickly, and in modern-day music consumption, many will move on to the next bright and shiny new release after a run through of that album. Many times, people wont even get to the end of the album if the songs at the beginning of the stack aren’t strong enough.

The fast-paced, ADHD modern method of consumption leaves artists with few options but to release single after single, put out free music, or, as we’re seeing here, completely rethink the system.

So here we have it: an entire Kid Cudi album, two months early, released with minimal marketing efforts, available via iTunes.

What do you think; is this a method that other artists should use to put out their music? Or is it one only fit for Queen Bey herself?

 

Preview: 

“Too Bad I Have To Destroy You Now” – Kid Cudi:

Download KiD CuDi Too Bad I Have To Destroy You Now

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Messaging Ginuwine Lyrics To Girls On Tinder: A Valentine’s Day Experiment


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Valentine’s Day is a fickle beast. On one hand, it’s an opportunity to spend time with the one you love, an opportunity to show that person how deeply you care for him or her and just how much he or she means to you. On the other hand, it’s a fictional, unnecessary, overpriced piece of garbage concocted by Corporate America to sell cards and chocolates. In case you were wondering, I am single.

Luckily, my aggressive abstinence has hopefully been converted into humor for you guys. I, like most 20 year olds in 2014, have a Tinder account. Tinder is the perfect place to just throw things out there and see what happens: there is very little ready information about you, and the probability of an IRL encounter with any of those people is slim to none. Therefore, I decided to throw caution to the wind and open conversation with my matches using Ginuwine lyrics. The following images are the result of my endeavor.

Believe it or not, I do have friends. And many of those friends are friends with some of these girls. So there is a chance greater than zero that I irreparably damaged my reputation in some circles here. And that’s fine, I guess. I’ll get back to you guys on that one.

Also HUGE shoutout to Eric for putting together the artwork at such short notice. Throw him some props.

 

ATTEMPT #1

Ginuwine, Attempt 1

This was probably my favorite interaction, as well as my favorite lyric to use (the opening lines of “So Anxious”). Right from the get-go you can see that she feels very strongly that Ginuwine is not her type, and even uses some vernacular that I haven’t been familiar with since middle school. Maybe she’s more of an Usher girl.

 

ATTEMPT #2

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This one was a blow to the ego. The lyric (from “None Of Ur Friends Business”) isn’t even that inappropriate, I basically asked her out on a date, although I guess no one has said “grab a bite” since Friends was still on the air so that probably wasn’t very clear. Also not sure how I feel about the use of “LOL” rather than “lol.” On the one hand, “LOL” seems to convey genuine laughing, but on the other “lol” is v condescending. I’ll call it a wash.

 

 

ATTEMPT #3

Ginuwine, Attempt 3

I didn’t really take any issue with this response to the hook from “Stingy,” to be honest. It wasn’t condescending really, and it didn’t really come after me at all. I just think it’s grounded in ignorance. I mean, say there is something I should get checked out. Anything detrimental can be healed with a healthy dose of Ginuwine, and if I’m sending you Ginuwine lyrics on Tinder then obviously I’m getting my daily allowance of G. I don’t get it. (Also, Tinder, I’ve obviously said hello already. I’ve gone above and beyond that. Get it together.)

 

 

ATTEMPT #4

Ginuwine, Attempt 4

(That’s the point.)

 

SUCCESS

Ginuwine, Success.

WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER. I probably should have asked her to be my Valentine, to be honest.

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