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This is my first time listening to a Canadian get down with R&B, and let me tell you, it is pretty damn good, and guaranteed the perfect track to kick-off summer!
Every musician needs good hair, and 18 year-old Francesco Yates definitely has a head full of it. I don’t know what’s better his voice or that majestic mane that follows to the tune of his new single, “Call.”
Yates has been writing his own songs since he was 11 years-old, and has actually caught the eye of big names like Pharell and Justin Timberlake.
Self-described as “pop with alternative r&b and soul influence,” Yates’ voice draws you in instantaneously, it’s smooth and intriguing and the fact that the song is catchy in itself, makes it a sure hit.
Watch the video for “Call” below!
You can snag Francesco Yates’ single “Call” on iTunes now.
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Bill Murray has a new comedy coming out this fall titled St. Vincent. The film follows a man who befriends his 12 year-old neighbor and shows him the ropes of gambling, drinking and mingling with strippers. St. Vincent is directed by Ted Melfi, and co-stars Melissa McCarthy– who plays the boy’s mother, Chris O’Dowd as a priest and Naomi Watts as a stripper.
St. Vincent comes out in theaters on Oct. 24th. Watch the official trailer below!
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No 4th of July would be complete without some fireworks added to the end of your night. While the date does serve to celebrate America’s independence from England, those big flashy lights sure make America shine brighter. All of Southern California will be lighting-up the sky, from the Hollywood Bowl to Pasadena, to Long Beach and back. Check out the top places to enjoy a night out on the 4th!
Venice Beach Pier
W Washington Blvd.,
Venice, CA 90291
You’ll be able to enjoy a less crowded environment to watch the Marina Del Rey barge show from Venice Beach, a nice view from north of the pier.
Hollywood Bowl Firework Spectacular
2301 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Three nights of fireworks are scheduled, July 2, 3, and 4. If you want to keep it classy on the 4th, then hit up the Hollywood Bowl, Josh Groban is set to perform.
Lake Hollywood Park
3200 Canyon Lake Dr,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Watch fireworks from right under the Hollywood sign.
AmericaFest At The Rose Bowl in Pasadena
1001 Rose Bowl Drive,
Pasadena, CA 91103
Music, food, and crafts while enjoying the biggest Southern California fireworks display. Festival begins at 2pm, $13 for adults and free for kids 7 and under.
Arclight Cinemas Hollywood
6360 W. Sunset Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Enjoy the secret rooftop of the Arclight while you overlook the city of Hollywood and miles of fireworks.
Culver City July 4th Fireworks
9000 Overland Ave
Culver City, CA 90230
Live music, food trucks, and family-friendly fun. Fireworks galore at the West LA College, starts at 4pm. Parking for the event is $5 per occupant (max of $20 per vehicle). Walk-ins $5 suggested donation.
Queen Mary All-American Fourth of July
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802
Climb aboard the Queen Mary and celebrate the 4th of July on this old ship. Enjoy live music, and lounge around the ship in a family-friendly atmosphere. Tickets are $39.99 per adult. Watch the fireworks light up the sky from the historic ocean liner. Starts at 12pm and runs ’til 11pm.
23180 Pacific Coast Hwy,
Malibu, CA 90265
Watch all of the fireworks shows off the coast, with a few private ones you can probably catch along the way.
Burton Chance Park
13650 Mindanao Way,
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
You can enjoy the Marina del Rey fireworks display from the park, where they’ll also be broadcasting music.
Hollywood Bowl Overlook
7036 Mulholland Dr.,
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Catch the Hollywood Bowl firework show without the Josh Groban ticket price.
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
6300 Hetzler Rd,
Culver City, CA 90232
A popular spot to catch the fireworks show, where you’ll be able to see up to the hills and all the way down the peninsula.
Bona Vista Lounge
404 S Figueroa St,
Los Angeles, CA 90071
If you want something a little cozier, but still on the side of rad, the Bona Vista Lounge on the 34th floor of the Westin Bonaventure will rotate as you watch the fireworks show.
Universal City Overlook
7701 Mulholland Drive,
Studio City, CA
Get your dose of fireworks in the valley, while still catching a distant glimpse of Downtown.
Howard Hughes Center
6060 Center Dr,
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Watch fireworks from the top of the parking structure, nice views of the Westside.
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Busta Rhymes and Eminem have teamed-up for a feud rising collaboration on the track, “Calm Down.” The rappers previously worked together in 2006′s “I’ll Hurt You.” This time around the mighty word-droppers are taking it back to the old-school ways, with a six-minute rap battle between the two, where Eminem raps about Abe Lincoln and Busta throws down the “Fahrvergnügen.”
Take a listen to “Calm Down” below!
“Calm Down” is the lead single in Busta Rhymes’ upcoming album, E.L.E. 2– out later this year.
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Come 2015, the Who will play their last gigs celebrating their legendary career in the music world. Pete Townshend shared, “for the 50th anniversary we’ll tour the world, it’ll be the last big one for us. There are still plenty of places we’ve not played. It would be good to go to eastern Europe and places that haven’t heard us play all the old hits.”
The Who have announced the first few dates of their “The Who Hits 50! Tour,” hitting the UK for 11 dates, between November and December.
Townshend adds that the tour is the “beginning of the long goodbye. Trying to stay young. Not wearing socks. Growing a great big woodcutter’s beard. Might even wear a check shirt on stage and get a tattoo of a Union Jack. Always a fashion victim. But under no illusions. We are what we are, and extremely good at it, but we’re lucky to be alive and still touring. If I had enough hairs to split I would say that for thirteen years since 1964 The Who didn’t really exist, so we are really only thirty-seven.”
The Who did tour last year in support of their album Quadrophenia’s 40th anniversary, but due to Townshend and lead singer Roger Daltrey’s health problems they’ll be cutting back a bit on the touring intake. Townshend suffers from hearing condition tinnitus, and Daltrey has regular visits to the throat doctor after having surgery for per-cancerous growths since 2010.
However, the band won’t be breaking up, this is not the end of The Who, Townshend shared that they are already working on a new album, and plan to hit the studio in late summer.
The Who 2014 Tor Dates:
11/26 – Dublin, IE @ The O2
11/28 – Belfast, IE @ Odyssey Arena
11/30 – Glasgow, UK @ SSE Hydro
12/02 – Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena
12/05 – Nottingham UK @ Captial FM Arena
12/07 – Birmingham, UK @ NIA
12/09 – Newcastle, UK @ Metro Radio Arena
12/11 – Liverpool, UK @ Echo Arena
12/13 – Manchester, UK @ Phones 4U Arena
12/15 – Cardiff, UK @ Motorpoint Arena
12/17 – London, UK @ The O2
Zach Braff certainly knows how to create magic, not only with his film making but also incorporating amazing music into his movies; Braff is very particular about song choices, as he’s a big music buff himself.
As we’ve reported earlier, Braff is set to release his much-anticipated new film, Wish I Was Here, and Justin Vernon, aka Bon Iver himself wrote an original piece for the film titled “Heavenly Father.”
[REWIND: Listen To The New Shins' Song From 'Wish I Was Here,' "So Now What"]
In an interview with NPR, Mary Ramos– movie music supervisor, told the music source that she traveled to Wisconsin to meet with Vernon and his brother, Nate, where she screened the movie for them late one night in their living room. She described what happened next:
“They were enjoying it and laughing, but at a certain point, they just got quiet. When it was over, Justin started humming. We talked afterwards about the relationship between Zach’s character and his brother [Josh Gad], and Justin and Nate talked a little about their father — all the while Justin kept distractedly humming. Eventually, he sang out the words ‘heavenly father.’ Before I even left their house, Justin was recording the first version of the song in his downstairs studio. His inspiration was that immediate.”
This isn’t the only song Bon Iver has on the soundtrack, “Holocene” also made the cut, from the band’s 2011 self-titled album.
NPR is currently streaming “Heavenly Father,” take a listen to it here.
Wish I Was Here Tracklist:
1. The Shins – So Now What
2. Gary Jules – Broke Window
3. Radical Face – The Mute
4. Hozier – Cherry Wine (Live)
5. Bon Iver – Holocene
6. Badly Drawn Boy – The Shining
7. Jump Little Children – Mexico
8. Cat Power & Coldplay – Wish I Was Here
9. Allie Moss– Wait It Out
10. Paul Simon – The Obvious Child
11. Japanese Wallpaper – Breathe In (feat. Wafia)
12. Bon Iver – Heavenly Father
13. Aaron Embry – Raven’s Song
14. The Weepies – Mend
15. The Head and the Heart – No One To Let You Down
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Ah, to be a kid again, excited for summer, traveling, learning new things, and making new friends. Well, you don’t need a time machine to re-live those childhood summer camp memories, there is now a summer camp all for adults called Camp Grounded.
Nestled between towering Redwoods, the 80 acres that is Camp Navarro serves as the centerpiece retreat for adults. During the 4-day stay, folks will leave behind all digital goods including cell phone, computers, clocks, etc. and trade those for some old-fashion fun activities.
If you thought leaving Instagram and Twitter behind was hard, campers who attend are also refrained from talking about their jobs, so that means, no networking– thus putting campers all on an even playing field, and allowing them to be themselves.
The first Camp Grounded event was held last year, to much success this year the camp offered three sessions through the month of June.
Camp Grounded emphasizes in creating a community where there is little materialistic worth, and more focus on individuality, self-expression, creativity, friendship, freedom and memories. With activities ranging in everything from archery, to painting, survival skills classes, wood working, analog photography, dance, rockwall climbing, baking, hiking, creative writing, solar carving, live music, and so much more, the possibilities at this summer camp for adults are endless.
Disconnect from your 8 to 5 and find yourself again. Greet the mornings with pour-over hand drip coffee and yoga, feed the hunger with gourmet camp food sourced locally and/or organically, leave time behind and play a color war game, or prepare for the talent show. Seriously, give yourself a digital detox!
To learn more about Camp Grounded visit their official website.
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Sia just released a new track titled “Big Girls Cry,” off her highly-anticipated solo album 1000 Forms Of Fear out July 8th. This is the third single Sia has unveiled from the 12-track LP, the first one being the hit “Chandelier” & the follow-up “Eye Of The Needle.”
“Big Girls Cry” drops down to a mid-tempo ballad, generating tons of powerful vocals from the performer as she spills her heart out about love. Listen to the track below!
1000 FORMS OF FEAR Tracklist:
02. Big Girls Cry
03. Burn the Pages
04. Eye of the Needle
06. Straight for the Knife
07. Fair Game
08. Elastic Heart (feat. The Weeknd and Diplo)
09. Free the Animal
10. Fire Meet Gasoline
12. Dressed In Black
The Shins have teamed up with Zach Braff a second time around, creating original tunes for Braff’s various films, first, there was 2004′s Garden State, and recently the movie, Wish I Was Here.
The Shins have written a wonderful track titled, “So Now What”– which features a dreamy melody with synth and electric guitar arrangements.
The Shins aren’t the only ones with a new song on the soundtrack, you can find original tunes by Bon Iver, and also a collaboration between Cat Power and Coldplay. The soundtrack to Wish I Was Here, will be available digitally and CD come July 15th, and on vinyl August 5th. The film is set for release on July 18th.
Take a listen to “So Now What” below:
Wish I Was Here Soundtrack Tracklist:
01. The Shins – “So Now What”
02. Gary Jules – “Broke Window”
03. Radical Face – “The Mute”
04. Hozier – “Cherry Wine (Live)”
05. Bon Iver – “Holocene”
06. Badly Drawn Boy – “The Shining”
07. Jump Little Children – “Mexico”
08. Cat Power & Coldplay – “Wish I Was Here”
09. Allie Moss – “Wait It Out”
10. Paul Simon – “The Obvious Child”
11 .Japanese Wallpaper – “Breathe In [ft. Wafia]“
12. Bon Iver – “Heavenly Father”
13. Aaron Embry – “Raven’s Song”
14. The Weepies – “Mend”
15. The Head & the Heart – “No One to Let You Down”
Spoon is heading on tour in support of their latest album, They Want My Soul– out August 5th via Loma Vista Recordings. Although the band has been playing a few pop-up shows, they’ll really be getting their hands dirty come August, hitting Lollapalooza and Outside Lands Festival, along with opening up a few gigs for Arcade Fire, and their own tour. Check out the full list of dates below!
Spoon 2014 Tour Dates:
06/26 - Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas (Early Show)
06/26 - Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas (Late Show)
06/27 - Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
06/28 - Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
07/12-13 – Telluride, CO @ The Ride Festival
07/18 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
07/25 – Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party
08/01 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
08/02 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/05 – San Diego, CA @ Sleep Train Ampitheatre *
08/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
08/10 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Music Festival
08/17 – Portland, OR - Musicfest NW
08/30 – Montreal, QC @ Park Jean Drapeau *
08/31 – Philadelphia, PA @ Made in America
09/02 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre +
09/05 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival
09/06 – Norfolk, VA @ Norva +
09/07 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Music Festival
09/10 – New York, NY @ Central Park
09/11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead +
09/12 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room +
09/13 – Hamiltion, ON @ Supercrawl Festival
09/14 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Theatre +
09/16 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre ^
09/17 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theatre ^
09/18 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theatre ^
09/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre ^
09/20 – St. Louis, MO @ Pageant ^
09/21 – Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall ^
09/23 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom ^
10/03-05 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/10-12 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
11/01 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
11/02 – Hamburg, DE @ Uebel & Gefarlich
11/03 – Basel, CH @ Kaserne Reithalle
11/04 – Cologne, DE @ Luxor
11/05 – Gent, BE @ Vooruit
11/06 – Paris, FR @ Trabendo
11/07 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
* = w/ Arcade Fire
+ = w/ Hamiliton Leithauser
^ = w/ EMA
Come July 22nd, RX Bandits will release their first album in five years Gemini, Her Majesty; their newest release is a follow-up to 2009′s Mandala.
Gemini, Her Majesty was produced by Jason Cupp (Maps & Atlases, The Elected) at Prairie Sun Recording Studios in Sonoma County, CA. According to frontman, Matt Embree the Bandits have put into practice some new songwriting techniques:
“In the past, our aim was to bridge the gap between our recorded music and our live performance, but this time around we really didn’t ever consider that. We almost willingly ignored it. It was really nice to make a record that we didn’t apply live performance constraints to. That said, now we’re going to have the hefty task of figuring out how we want to arrange and play these new songs live. We love the challenge.”
The Orange County rockers– who will celebrate their 20th anniversary next year– launched a successful fundraising campaign through PledgeMusic, bringing in 170% of the band’s initial goal.
The RX Bandits have revealed a new track off their forthcoming album titled, “Stargazer.” Take a listen below!
RX Bandits will also be hitting the road this summer, in support of the latest.
RX Bandits 2014 Tour Dates:
07/11 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
07/12 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
07/13 – Jacksonville, FL @ Underbelly
07/14 – Orlando, FL @ The Beacham
07/16 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
07/17 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater
07/18 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
07/19 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
07/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
07/22 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
07/23 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
07/25 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater
07/26 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
07/27 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
07/28 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
07/30 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
08/01 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
08/02 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
08/04 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
08/05 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
08/07 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
08/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
08/10 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
08/11 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
08/13 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
08/15 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s East
08/16 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
08/17 – Houston, TX @ The Studio at Warehouse Live
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Angus and Julia Stone have released a new track “Death Defying Acts,” from their upcoming self-titled album. The new album is a follow-up to 2010′s Down the Way.
The brother and sister songwriting-pair had no intentions of getting back together, as Julia mentioned in a recent interview with Music Feed, “we really felt that we’d done our time together and it was time for a change. We both felt really inspired to be apart and have that space, it was really fun.”
After attending one of Angus’ solo shows everything took a different turn, “I felt really amazed by Angus. He’s such a special creature and I love him so much. We joined to sing these old songs, songs we hadn’t sung in a few years, and we got off stage and were like, ‘Let’s do this, let’s make a record!’”
Take a listen to “Death Defying Acts” below!
Angus and Julia Stone is set for release Friday, August 1st, and is currently available for pre-order via iTunes.
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The Arctic Monkeys have hit mainstream media, everyone and their moms can’t get enough of the English rock band’s tunes. With fame comes crazed fans, and that’s what the new Arctic Monkeys’ video for “Snap Out Of It” dabbles into. A lovely but obsessed young lass, re-plays the band’s rehearsal tapes over and over while having a meltdown, and on occasion…laughing. Watch it below!
by Michelle Bird
Product: Sun Bum SPF 15 Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion
The summer sun is heating up the West Coast, and endless beach days have been added to the weekly schedule. After deciding to toss the typical sunscreens found at the drug store made by those huge companies, I opted for trying something new, and decided to give the brand Sun Bum a go.
Sun Bum is a small company from the city of Cocoa Beach, Florida, and they certainly know everything about sun exposure, since Florida bears the title of “Sunshine State.” The folks at Sun Bum are not only big advocates in taking precautions with prolonged sun exposure which can cause skin cancer, their products are also cruelty free– meaning no animal testing, they research for the best possible ingredients in the market and stay as close to “all natural” as they possibly can using organic and mineral sunscreens, and Sun Bum’s products are primarily manufactured here in the USA– their BabyBum line is produced in Australia.
Two thumbs up go towards their hypoallergenic sunscreen being Paraben and PABA free, Oxybenzone and Vitamin A free, oil free, contains broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and not to mention water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.Oxybenzone Free / Vitamin A Freeand not to mention water resistant for up to 80 minutes.
When I headed to the beach over the weekend, I lathered-up in Sun Bum SPF 15 Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion– I tend to use SPF 50 with other brands. To give you a few facts about my skin, I have extremely sensitive skin, and can be compared to a vampire on occasion, I tend to burn like a lobster when out in the sun.
Sun Bum’s sunscreen did not irritate my skin, it has a smooth texture which absorbed pretty instantaneous, so it won’t leave that thick white residue layer, you also won’t feel sticky– a definite plus. I was a walking tropical island, with a nice subtle scent of coconut-pineapple. We were out in the sun on harsh hours of exposure too, no shade, no sun hat, for a total of 3-4 hours; to note, I also took a dip in the ocean. Although they do recommend you re-apply after a certain amount of time, I didn’t feel the need to while at the beach, when I got home I actually didn’t burn, had a very subtle rosy color added to my skin.
I was pretty impressed with the Sun Bum SPF 15 Sunscreen Lotion, and would definitely give it a 5-star rating. I liked that it went on smooth, that it doesn’t have a strong scent, and most of all you can get protected from the sun by a product that hasn’t been tested on animals.
Apart from sunscreen lotion, Sun Bum also carries: continuous spray sunscreen, SPF 30 Face Stick, SPF 50 Clear Zinc Oxide, Hydrating After Sun Gel, Hydrating After Sun Lotion, SPF 30 Lip Balm in various flavors, sun care products specifically formulated for babies with natural protection, and lifestyle products.
Sun Bum has definitely proven to be a brand that takes into account the protection of your skin first and foremost, and formulates their products with the highest quality ingredients making the purchase that much more worth it. I think you’ll definitely fall in love with that big ‘ol gorilla on your next trip to the beach!
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It seems like Wacom is stepping up their game, along with a purchase of a tablet you get a free owl. Ok, perhaps that’s not the case, maybe the owl is just the supervisor, or main source of inspiration?
Japanese illustrator, who goes by the moniker Satsuma, shows off his co-worker and treasured pet, a Northern White-Faced owl. The owl makes himself at home on Satsuma’s hand while the illustrator works on his next project, maintaining stability and making sure Satsuma doesn’t mess up on those lines.
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Spoon debuted a new song “Rent I Pay” when they played at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge on Monday night, the hour-long set was broadcasted by NPR as part of their Music’s Live in Concert series. Today the band released the studio version of “Rent I Pay”– which is the first single off their upcoming album They Want My Soul. You can check out the unofficial video below.
They Want My Soul is Spoon’s follow-up to 2010′s Transference, and will be out come August 5th via Loma Vista.
You can pre-order They Want My Soul via iTunes.
They Want My Soul Tracklist:
01. Rent I Pay
02. Inside Out
03. Rainy Taxi
04. Do You
05. Knock Knock Knock
07. They Want My Soul
08. I Just Don’t Understand
09. Let Me Be Mine
10. New York Kiss
Jack White is on fire right now, not only with the recent release of Lazaretto, but he also gave an amazing performance at The Tonight Show, and his concerts are quickly selling out left and right. White has added more dates to his current tour, which includes performances in Europe as well. Check out the full list of dates below!
Jack White 2014 Tour Dates:
06/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre #
06/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Mayan #
06/12 – Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater #
06/14 – Manchester, TN @ Bonaroo Music and Arts Festival
06/25-29 – Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury Music Festival
06/26 – Dublin, IE @ Royal Hospital Kilmainham ^
06/29 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia
06/30 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia
07/01 – Amsterdam, NL @ Heineken Music Hall
07/03 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo
07/04 – Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival
07/19 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
07/20 – St. Louis, MO @ Fox Theatre &
07/21 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom &
07/23 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre &
07/24 – Chicago, IL @ Auditorium Theatre &
07/26 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
07/27 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE Outdoors &
07/28 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre &
07/30 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre &
07/31 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre &
08/01-03 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Music & Arts Festival
08/18 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
08/20 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Ampitheater
08/23 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
08/25 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater
08/26 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater
08/28 – Vancouver, BC @ Deer Lake Park
08/29-31 – Edmonton, AB @ Sonic Boom
08/30-31 – Calgary, AB @ X-Fest
09/14 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
09/17 – Boston, MA @ The Bleacher Theater at Fenway Park
10/11-12 – Mexico City, MX @ Corona Capital Festival
11/16 – Brussels, BE @ Forrest National
11/17 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Arena
11/18 – Glasgow, UK @ Hydro Arena
11/19 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
# = w/ Cold War Kids
* = w/ Kelley Stoltz
& = w/ Benjamin Booker
^ = w/ The Kills
In case you missed it, here’s White’s live performance of “Just One Drink” on The Tonight Show:
by Michelle Bird
The original Netflix hit series, Orange Is The New Black debuted its long-awaited second season last night. Don’t worry I won’t be giving away any spoilers on here, because as we all know, we can’t wait to get home this weekend, close that front door and ignore the world for two days as we watch back to back episodes. Well, now you can take a bit of the series with you while not glued to the screen with the Orange Is The New Black Soundtrack.
The 12-track compilation features some good tunes from Tune-Yards, Betty Davis, Kelis, and the Velvet Underground, just to name a few. Also included, is the show’s Grammy-nominated theme song “You’ve Got Time,” by Regina Spektor.
I wasn’t streaming Orange Is The New Black at midnight, but instead attended a Q&A that night with director, Jodie Foster and two of the main characters, Taylor Schilling (who plays Piper Chapman) and Kate Mulgrew (better known as Red onscreen).
Not only did the ladies tackle the perception and empowerment of women on television, but shared fun facts, like how Schilling and Mulgrew had previously worked together on another show. Mulgrew set the tone on what it’s like to work on a cast with such few men, noting that its liberating in the sense that they’re not restrained to act a certain way, or more so be aware of their persona, they can deliver their craft in a carefree manner, focusing on what’s more important without reservations. Schilling added to that by saying that in her career it is often so rare to come across the opportunity to play a character who is not the shadow of a man, but instead her own force, which was the main reason she couldn’t pass up the part and was so eager to be a part of the project.
There were quite some humorous moments, like when Schilling shared that they barely wear any makeup on the show if any, keeping to the realism of the fact that they’re in prison. She followed by doing an impression of their adored make-up artist: “that blemish right there, it looks beautiful on your face, let’s leave it!”
I think the soundtrack definitely embodies the broad genres Orange Is The New Black dabbles into, with pieces of drama, comedy and suspense intertwined, while it also brings into light topics that our society might find taboo.
Schilling laid the bricks right, when she said that ultimately Orange Is The New Black is a show about finding yourself, discovering new things about yourself, mending the past, and the people that become those puzzle pieces for you to do so.
With a variety of new and old songs, some dating back to 1926, like “Baby Face” by Whispering Jack Smith, the soundtrack connects the dots between how your past has to do with your present circumstances, and yet can’t remain ignored. Which is one of the important aspects they present in each episode of the series, when they show tidbits of the characters’ past, how their lives use to be and what landed them in the slammer.
So if you want to twerk to “Milkshake” or hit a B-flat to Spektor’s “yooouuuuu’ve gooot tiiiiiiiime!” you can grab your copy in digital, CD, or limited-edition orange vinyl.
P.S.- Orange Is The New Black has been renewed for a third season, to be released June 2015.
Orange Is The New Black track list:
1. You’ve Got Time — Regina Spektor
2. Walkin Up The Road — Betty Davis
3. Move And Groove Together — Latimore
4. Gangsta — Tune-Yards
5. I’ll Take You There — The Staple Singers
6. Milkshake — Kelis
7. Walking Backwards — Leagues
8. Kickface — Little Foot Long Foot
9. Sunday Morning — Velvet Underground
10. Living This Life Makes It Hard — The Dutchess and The Duke
11. Chicken — Nancy Cassidy
12. Baby Face — Whispering Jack Smith
Orange Is The New Black hashtags: #oitnb #orangeisthenewblack
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Wisconsin’s indie folk band PHOX will certainly be one you want to keep your eye on, they may be newcomers, but are climbing their way up pretty quickly. The six-piece band who released their EP Confetti in early 2013, have already played in major festivals: South By Southwest, Lollapalooza and Apple’s iTunes Festival in London; not to mention they’ve opened up for Blitzen Trapper and the Lumineers.
PHOX debut full-length album– set for release June 24th via Partisan– was recorded in Justin Vernon’s home studio in Eau Claire, WI. Their tunes are exquisitely textured with multi-instrumentation featuring: banjos, guitars, mandolins, flute, clarinet, nice harmonies, and smooth vocals by frontwoman, Monica Martin.
PHOX just released another cut from their upcoming LP, the track titled “1936,” which you can listen to below:
So many bands and artists coming back to the music scene, one of them that we’re glad to see is Avi Buffalo. The Long Beach, CA based indie band have announced their sophomore album, At Best Cuckold, and along with that shared a brand new track “So What.” The album is produced by frontman, Avi Zahner-Isenberg– who although a bit more polished in sound– still brings back everything you loved about the band’s first takes. At Best Cuckold is set for release September 9th via Subpop. Take a listen to “So What” below!
At Best Cuckold‘s tracklist:
1. ‘So What’
2. ‘Memories of You’
3. ‘Can’t Be Too Responsible’
4. ‘Two Cherished Understandings’
5. ‘Overwhelmed with Pride’
6. ‘Found Blind’
7. ‘She Is Seventeen’
8. ‘Think It’s Gonna Happen Again’
9. ‘Oxygen Tank’
10. ‘Won’t Be Around No More’
In support of the new album, At Best Cuckold, Avi Buffalo is also heading to Europe on a mini-tour, you can check those dates below:
Sep. 23 – Gothenburg, SE – Pustervik
Sep. 24 – Stockholm, SE – Kagelbanan
Sep. 25 – Oslo, NO – John Dee
Sep. 26 – Lund, SE – Mejeret
Sep. 28 – Copenhagen, DK – Vega / Ideal Bar
Sep. 29 – Hamburg, DE – Prinzenbar
Oct. 01 – Paris, FR – Le Divan du Monde
Oct. 03 – Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
Oct. 05 – Dublin, IE – Whelan’s
Oct. 06 – Glasgow, UK – Broadcast
Oct. 08 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
Oct. 10 – London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
Oct. 14 – Amsterdam, NL – Tolshuistuin
Oct. 15 – Brussels, BE – Botanique / Witloof Bar
Oct. 16 – Koln, DE – Luxor
Oct. 17 – Berlin, DE – Privatclub