Last week Cleveland-based MC Dave Zup dropped his cathartic LP, Oh, It’s Going, which he quietly crafted after a skateboard accident left him immobilized for months. Zup used the isolating downtime to create his debut solo LP and can be heard venting his pain and boredom in realtime, on heavy duty painkillers. On lead-off single “Every4Hrz”, Zup tells his story through a haze of prescription meds, blessing the sparse production with his signature irreverence. His stone cold flow is so sharp, not even a drug coma could hinder his in-the-pocket delivery.
LA-based, Boston export Jenna Lotti crafts anthemic, hopeful pop bangers – ya know the kind that make a hectic day slightly more tolerable? Her dialed-in pop has been featured in American Songwriter and PopMatters with local buzz via Sound of Boston & Boston Globe. A move to LA this past year coincided with the recording of her ambitious new song “Warning Signs” for her forthcoming EP, and if this is representative of what we can expect on her new release, Jenna Lotti is without a doubt going to be a viable fixture in the singer-songwriter / pop landscape.
The first playlist is our favorite picks from October. The second playlist is all of our picks from March-September (since the inception of our Spotify playlist). Be sure to subscribe to our playlists on Spotify as they will be continuously updated each month!
In his book Hit Makers, author Derek Thompson unceremoniously drops this gold nugget of wisdom: “The chaos of life is a chronic condition for which stories are the remedy.” First of all, whoa. Secondly, what, then, are the stories we tell ourselves? For me, the story I tell myself is that the myriad of little, daily decisions I make as a recent LA transplant will pay dividends in the long run. In other words, I convince myself that I’m working towards something, and there’s nothing particularly unique about my story. It is the same one that’s been sold to us by society: hard work pays off. But what if it doesn’t? This tape is about being new to a place, having self doubt, and being a tad bit delusional in the pursuit of your calling.
NOTE: SoundCloud is missing track 15 (“Hurt” by Eyukaliptus).
Brooklyn based, Nigerian born rapper Thutmose drops your next catch phrase in the form of a song. “WuWu” is your new anthem, your new slang, your new lifestyle. Standing for “what’s up with you,” this bouncy, tropical sound will infect your brain waves and have you hitting the replay button. Hop on this one now before the band wagon takes off for Thutmose, or else you may regret it.
For music lovers everywhere summer means one thing: festival season. But just because the days grow shorter and the nights cooler doesn’t mean the fun, or the music has to stop. Across the US great music festivals are constantly taking place, here are some can’t miss fall and winter festivals:
The Growler’s Six
Previously known as Beach Goth, The Growler’s are back again this fall with the renamed Growler’s Six festival. Offering a more eccentric lineup than the typical festival, The Growler’s headline both nights with help from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Dan Auerbach, Modest Mouse and Danny Brown. Grab your costume and head to the L.A. waterfront October 28-29 to catch these acts and more.
Day for Night
Taking place December 15-17 in Houston, Day for Night is described as “an art and music event that explores the deep connections between light, technology, sound and space”. This year’s rosters includes some of the most talented names across all genres such as James Blake, Tyler, the Creator, Jamie xx and Justice. In between sets you can catch several installations and talks from people such as Chelsea Manning and Nadya from Pussy Riot.
If there’s one city that knows how to party, it’s New Orleans and this years Buku lineup is sure to guarantee that. Young Thug, Travis Scott, DEADMAU5, 21 Savage and Run the Jewels top the bill with great supporting acts sure to keep the fun going all weekend long. Head down to the Big Easy, March 10-11 for what is sure to be a can’t miss experience.
South by Southwest
If you’re looking for a film, comedy and music festival offering great interactive experiences, look no farther than South by Southwest. In 2017 SXSW hosted over 2,000 official performers, covering all genres from all over the world. If you find yourself in Austin anytime between March 9-18 make sure to catch a set.
Image courtesy of Day for Night.