Monthly Archives: October 2017

Tickets On Sale Now For THE VOICE: NEON DREAMS, Opening At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino In Las Vegas This Spring

A look at THE VOICE: NEON DREAMSLAS VEGAS, Oct. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ –Take a spin in the signature Coach Chairs, record an audition demo on the spot and soak in live performances from some of the most electrifying singers ever to hit NBC’s THE VOICE in a brand new musical concert experience as THE VOICE: NEON DREAMS…

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Watch Gorillaz, Little Simz Slay Foes in 'Garage Palace' Video

Gorillaz and British rapper Little Simz team up to take on an army of menacing monsters in the new video for “Garage Palace.” The track is one of 14 bonus cuts included on the deluxe edition of Humanz, which Gorillaz released in August.

The “Garage Palace” video was a collaboration between Gorillaz, director Noah Harris, Little Simz and her frequent design collaborator McKay Felt. Stylized like a classic eight-bit video game, the clip follows Simz and Gorillaz as they complete missions, reach checkpoints and lay waste to countless enemies. Little Simz spits several breathless verses over the jagged dance cut, and as the song pulses toward its end, the MC takes to the sky where she encounters the final boss.

Gorillaz’s Damon Albarn premiered “Garage Palace” on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show Tuesday, during which he also spoke about collaborating with Little Simz. “I just was really struck by her kind of individualism,” Albarn said. “She’s just not part of a scene, and I think that’s great for her.” 

Gorillaz released Humanz in April. The LP marked the animated outfit’s fifth record and first since 2011’s The Fall. Gorillaz will embark on a European and U.K. tour November 1st with Little Simz serving as opener.

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Alpine Electronics' New Jeep Wrangler Demo Vehicle is Ready to Party

Alpine Electronics unveiled its newest demo vehicle, a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited named “Hellbender” at the SEMA Show. The Alpine system in the Hellbender is centered around the X209-WRA-OR weather resistant Restyle dash system for the 2011-2017 Jeep Wrangler.TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Alpine Electronics today unveiled its newest demo vehicle, a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited named “Hellbender.” Hellbender debuted at the SEMA Show, currently being held in Las Vegas today through Nov. 3, 2017. 
This customized Wrangler i…

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Halloween 2017: See Cardi B, Usher, Adele's Wild Costumes

The music industry’s biggest names didn’t shy away from some extra fanfare in the lead-up to Halloween Tuesday, with artists like Cardi B, Demi Lovato and Adam Levine channeling everything – and everyone – from Disney characters to music icons to classic black cats.

Check out some of the year’s most creative costumes below:

Cardi B as Cruella de Vil

#dresstobefree Fur by @duckie_confetti 📸@flongala

A post shared by Cardi B Official IG (@iamcardib) on Oct 30, 2017 at 8:57pm PDT

Rita Ora as Poison Ivy

Usher as Rick James

It’s Rick James B*tch! #Legend #RickJames

A post shared by Usher (@usher) on Oct 30, 2017 at 4:48pm PDT

Kelly Rowland as Strangé

Strangé………BITCH!

A post shared by Kelly Rowland (@kellyrowland) on Oct 30, 2017 at 12:43am PDT

Adele as a jester

Happy Early Halloween & Happy Birthday Gorgeous ❤️

A post shared by Adele (@adele) on Oct 29, 2017 at 2:20am PDT

Demi Lovato as Selena

Katharine McPhee as a cat

Meow! 🐱

A post shared by Katharine McPhee (@katharinemcphee) on Oct 29, 2017 at 6:58pm PDT

Brooks Nielsen of the Growlers as a Beach Goth Ghoul

Umphrey’s McGee as Prince

Six Princes. 📷 @mwfoxstasik

A post shared by Umphrey’s McGee (@umphreysmcgee) on Oct 29, 2017 at 6:23am PDT

Courtney Love as Game of Thrones character

James Valentine and Adam Levine of Maroon 5 as Bearded Ladies

2 Chainz as Jason

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Former Journey Lead Singer Steve Augeri To Rock Memphis Boat Expo

JOURNEY former lead singer STEVE AUGERI performs at Memphis Boat Expo - The Boat Show That Rocks January 2018MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Memphis Boat Expo, presented by Cobalt, Mastercraft, Southaven RV & Marine, and Boat Warehouse will dock inside the Memphis Cook Convention Center in Memphis, January 12 through January 14, 2018.
The weekend will feature three themed…

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Former Journey Lead Singer Steve Augeri To Rock Memphis Boat Expo

JOURNEY former lead singer STEVE AUGERI performs at Memphis Boat Expo - The Boat Show That Rocks January 2018MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Memphis Boat Expo, presented by Cobalt, Mastercraft, Southaven RV & Marine, and Boat Warehouse will dock inside the Memphis Cook Convention Center in Memphis, January 12 through January 14, 2018.
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Tom Waits Lends Instrumental 'Innocent When You Dream' to Banksy Hotel

Tom Waits recorded an instrumental version of “Innocent When You Dream” that will play in the lobby of Banksy‘s Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem in the West Bank. The artist’s latest project is both a functioning hotel and an immersive art piece located near the wall that separates Israel and the Palestinian territories.

“Innocent When You Dream” appears on Waits’ 1987 album Franks Wild Years and finds the musician growling over a waltz of graceful strings and piano. For the Walled Off Hotel, Waits turned the song into a simple piano piece that carries a solemn weight as it rings out of a player piano in a video featuring images of the hotel lobby.

“To mark the 100 year anniversary of Britain’s former colonization of Palestine and its disastrous consequences, Banksy has mixed opulence and dystopia with his desire to highlight the daily lives and art of Palestinians,” read a note on Waits’ Facebook. “The Irish are no strangers to strife and division, and Waits selected this Irish tinged waltz because of its lyrical and wistful mix of regret and dreams for a world without walls.”

Waits previously addressed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on “Road To Peace,” a song off his 2006 collection, Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards. The lyrics of that song specifically address a spate of violence that erupted in 2003 and also reference former President George W. Bush and America’s role in the conflict.

Other musicians have also contributed to the Walled Off Hotel, including Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Massive Attack’s 3D, Flea and Hans Zimmer. 

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Review: Nothing,Nowhere.'s Tormented Emo-Rap Shows Hip-Hop's Post-Modern Evolution

Vermont musician Joe Mulherin, a.k.a. Nothing,Nowhere., lies at the intersection of hip-hop’s evolution into post-modernism: emo-rap and SoundCloud trap, self-righteous bitterness and self-pitying opiate blues, melody and harmony emphasized over sharp-witted bars and tricky rhyme schemes. There’s precedent for his uniquely tormented work, whether it’s Yelawolf’s cathartic country-rap tunes on 2015’s Love Story and Eminem’s choruses on “Not Afraid” and “Cleaning Out My Closet”; or, more recently, XXXtentacion’s emotionally stunted 17 and Lil Peep’s narcotized Come Over When You’re Sober. However, Nothing,Nowhere. doesn’t require an antagonist – a wayward ex-girlfriend, a pernicious drug addiction – to prompt his agonized, suicidal feelings. His anger seems largely internalized, and directed at himself – at least most of the time. “I hope you choke in your sleep,” he sings angrily on “Clarity in Kerosene,” a track from his new album Reaper. “I’ll be the last that you see.”

Reaper, his first album for Equal Vision and Pete Wentz’ DCD2 finds him tonally evoking the glory years of 2000s emo-punk without necessarily replicating it. There are no churning guitars and pummeling drums à la Taking Back Sunday, just a laconic, atmospherically picked guitar line or two. The skittering, drill-like percussive patterns of “Houdini” will ring familiar to Zaytoven fans, while the billowing laptop cloud washes that hover throughout are a hallmark of producers like Blue Sky Black Death and Clams Casino. On “Houdini” he sings verses in a half-bounce flow before breaking into an echoing squall on the song’s bridge. But on “Funeral Fantasy,” he raps hard, and spits bars like, “Give a fuck about a SoundCloud rapper/Give him two years and the cloud won’t matter/And I hate it so I’m working in the shadows/See you rocking Gucci but you look like an asshole.” Despite his own success on that platform, he wants to separate from what is quickly become a scorned industry cliché: the anti-musical, “lean”-addicted SoundCloud rapper-misogynist-doofus.

Nothing,Nowhere. isn’t a revelatory rapper or singer, but seamless blend of the two that makes Reaper stand out. He tends to flick between the two like a light switch, shifting from bars to anguished singing on “Black Heart” as he cries, “You’re just another reason why I stay inside/Just another reason why I hate this life.” There’s a cameo from rapper Lil West, who drenches his “REM” vocal in Auto-Tune. More importantly, emo elder Chris Carraba of Dashboard Confessional appears on “Hopes Up” to lend his imprimatur and let us know that, yes, this is the real thing.

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Watch Big Boi's Vibrant, Animated 'In the South' Video

Big Boi, Gucci Mane and the late Pimp C cruise the streets in the new animated video for “In the South.” The song appears on Big Boi’s latest solo LP, Boomiverse

Cartoon Buck Productions animated the clip, which boasts a quasi-realistic aesthetic tinged with flares of cartoony psychedelia. Pimp C, who died in 2007, drawls the hook from the front seat of a low rider, while Gucci Mane and Big Boi casually spit their verses as the video provides goofy illustrations to accompany their craftiest lines.

The clip comes as Big Boi continues to prep a new cartoon show, Hotlanta Waxxx. While the rapper told Yahoo! Music that the “In the South” video was not directly associated with the series, he added, “It comes from that realm. Actually, I got the idea from when I was doing the teasers for the songs for Boomiverse. Cory Mo, the producer for the song, has an animation team and he sent me a clip of some of the guys’ work and we got on the phone and just came up with this funkadelic psychedelic video concept for ‘In The South.'”

Big Boi recently wrapped the first leg of his tour in support of Boomiverse and will kick off another North American run January 5th, 2018 at the Palace Theatre in Calgary. The trek wraps January 14th at the Regent Theater in Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale November 3rd, with additional information available on Big Boi’s website.

Big Boi released Boomiverse in June. The record marks the Outkast MC’s third solo album and follows his 2012 LP, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, as well as his 2015 collaboration with Phantogram, Big Grams

Big Boi 2018 Tour Dates
January 5 – Calgary, AB @ The Palace Theatre
January 6 – Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
January 8 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
January 9 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
January 10 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
January 12 – San Francisco, CA @ 1015 Folsom
January 13 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
January 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater

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Hear Jadakiss, Fabolous, Future on Urgent New Song, 'Stand Up'

Rugged rap veterans Fabolous and Jadakiss celebrate their own infallibility on new track “Stand Up,” while Future contributes a drilling, repetitive hook. 

This track shrewdly updates the gothic menace of the mid-2000s New York rap scene. Funereal church bells ring in the distance, signaling imminent doom; sirens whoop through the beat without warning; a breathless synth pattern induces a fight-or-flight adrenaline rush. 

Fabolous raps in a calm monotone, impervious to the hectic energy around him; as per usual, Jadakiss commands attention with his terrifically croaky delivery. At the end of each verse, Future surges into the hook, which plays as a call to arms: “Real niggas stand up.”

Fabolous and Jadakiss have a long history of collaboration. Jadakiss showed up on the remix to Fabolous’ “Keepin’ It Gangsta” in 2003; more recently, one of their most impressive duets was “The Hope,” from 2013’s The Soul Tape 3 mixtape, and both rappers appeared on “Don’t Ever Play Yourself,” from DJ Khaled’s Major Key album. 

In January, the pair recruited Tory Lanez for “Rapture,” which was reportedly slated for appearance on a long-rumored collaboration album, Freddy vs. Jason. The record does not yet have a release date. 

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