Mar 15

    SXSW: Noname at Maggie Mae’s Rooftop

    SXSW: Noname at Maggie Mae’s Rooftop

    Chicago’s Fatimah Warner, known as Noname, officially kicked off the Music section of the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, TX last afternoon at Maggie Mae’s rooftop.

    Through her rich, soft-spoken flow and laid-back performance style, Noname kept an overcapacity crowd enthralled for the duration of her 30-minute set. Performing mostly songs off her breakout debut album, Telefone, the 25-year-old rapper was the perfect choice to officially launch the festival loved by many.

    Though her semblance and stage presence is at most times bubbly and tempered, the rapper’s lyrics show a different reality on close more »

    Mar 15

    SXSW: Bridgit Mendler at Karma Lounge

    SXSW: Bridgit Mendler at Karma Lounge

    Indie pop darling Bridgit Mendler performed her first South by Southwest show last night at Karma Lounge in Austin, Tx.

    The ex-Disney star recently relaunched her music career, getting rid of the sugar-coated, bubblegum tunes that kickstarted her career and adopting a new soulful, alternative persona.

    Mendler performed songs off her newest EP titled Nemesis, including single “Atlantis”, unreleased songs like the showstopping “Flowers”, a track that showcased the singer’s wide range and tone, an acoustic cover of The Black Eyed Peas’ “Where Is The Love”, and a slowed down rendition of her first hit “Ready more »

    Mar 15

    SXSW: Francis and The Lights at LEVI’S Outpost

    SXSW: Francis and The Lights at LEVI’S Outpost

    Francis Starlite, best known as Francis and The Lights, took the stage at the South by Southwest LEVI’S Outpost on March 14th, 2017.

    The up-and-coming electronic musician and frequent collaborator of Chance The Rapper and Bon Iver, charmed the intimate performance’s crowd with electro-pop glitchy melodies, his distinctive voice and interesting, awkward but endearing dance moves reminiscent of those of fellow pop artist Lorde. For 45 minutes, the pop outfit performed his debut project titled Farewell, Starlite! almost in its entirety.

    This was Francis and The Lights’ only show at South by Southwest this year and more »

    Mar 7

    Charli XCX Previews Mixtape “Number 1 Angel”

    Charli XCX Previews Mixtape “Number 1 Angel”

    It’s almost the weekend and we’re ready for a champagne party.

    Pop songstress Charli XCX has been hyping up her upcoming mixtape for the past few months and it’s almost here. The mixtape, titled Number 1 Angel, will be released this upcoming Friday March 10th.

    Charli’s new project will include exciting collaborations with her contemporaries such as MØ, Raye and rapper Cupcakke.

    The 24-year-old singer was on BBC Radio 1 with Mista Jam earlier today to premiere 3 new songs off the record. Listen to ‘Pull Up featuring MØ, ‘Dreamer’ featuring Raye and Starrah and ‘Lipgloss’ featuring more »

    Feb 23

    LISTEN: Zedd, Alessia Cara – “Stay”

    LISTEN: Zedd, Alessia Cara – “Stay”

    With Calvin Harris, The Chainsmokers, and Zedd releasing new music this Friday, it seems like it’s a battle between the mainstream pop-EDM master class.

    Zedd’s entry is here in the form of “Stay”, a snappy collaboration with Canadian hitmaker Alessia Cara reminiscent of Banks’ “Poltergeist” and Taylor Swift’s “All You Had To Do Was Stay”.

    Though Cara is a stranger to this sort of electronic pop/EDM hybrid, the teenage popstar fits right in while hovering on top of Zedd’s future bass-inspired beat with magnetic, instant melodies and a standout vocoder mix in the chorus. “All you more »

    Feb 22

    Listen: The Chainsmokers – “Something Just Like This” (feat. Coldplay)

    Listen: The Chainsmokers – “Something Just Like This” (feat. Coldplay)

    Well, that was unexpected. Weeks after releasing their chart-topping single “Paris,” The Chainsmokers have teamed up with British band Coldplay for brand new single, “Something Just Like This.”

    The single debuted exclusively on Spotify today (Feb. 22) and it is more than likely going to appear on the GRAMMY-winning duo’s upcoming debut album, skated for a later release date.

    Unlike their other most-recent releases, Drew Taggart of The Chainsmokers does not contribute any vocals on this track that his fellow Chainsmokers Alex Pall referred to as “one of the dopest songs we’ve ever written.”

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    Feb 17

    Political Rants and Spontaneity: A Night with Devendra Banhart

    Political Rants and Spontaneity: A Night with Devendra Banhart

    Through smooth, slow tempos and politically charged rants, Venezuelan American psychedelic folk musician Devendra Banhart charmed a diverse crowd at Emo’s Austin last night.

    Banhart’s performance was not only about himself, it was about his fans. During the almost two-hour long set, the 35-year old aimed to please his cult-like following, asking them to request songs they’ve been longing to hear for years. After all, this is Banhart’s first tour in almost 7 years.

    The one true highlight of the show was just that: the musician’s connection with his crowd. Coming across as slightly inhibited once more »

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