MAGGIE ROGERS

By Rolling Stone

Sounds Like: A 21st-century folk music makeover

For Fans of: Lorde, Feist, Sylvan Esso

Why You Should Pay Attention: Last spring, the internet caught a video of Pharrell Williams being bowled over by “Alaska,” the skeletal debut single by then-NYU student Maggie Rogers. Rogers, who grew up on a farm and played banjo in her youth, blends folk-inspired vocal melodies and heady beats in a way that wows: The full-fledged videos for “Alaska” and its follow-up single, the swirling “Dog Years,” racked up streams and landed on year-end best-of lists. On February 16th, the self-assured, thoughtful Rogers will release her debut EP Now That the Light Is Fading, which also includes “Color Song,” an updated version of a song the Maryland native sang at summer camp. This spring she’ll tour North America as a headliner.

She Says: “I’m a college graduate. Dealing with anxiety or feeling overwhelmed in this whole new world is both incredibly unique to my own situation and incredibly general to the world that all of my classmates and I are in. But I felt a sigh of relief when 2017 came. 2016 has been a year that’s marked on my calendar since I was born, since it was the year I would graduate college. 2017 just feels incredibly exciting because it feels new, like anything can happen – and now I feel incredibly grounded. I feel like I can handle everything. I feel good about the work I’m doing; and I feel so grateful that I get to wake up every morning and think about music. I feel really prepared and really present, and it feels good.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source:http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/10-new-artists-you-need-to-know-february-2017-w462565/maggie-rogers-w462570

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THEY

By Mindofagenius.com

Together, Dante and Drew are THEY., two like minds determined to shatter expectations and trash perceived genre parameters. Their debut album, Nü Religion: hyena, cannot be boxed in as simply R&B. Listen a little harder—to the minor chord guitar ripples on “Motley Crew,” the jarring futurist verses of “What You Want,” with its swaggering pop topline. Then there’s “Dante’s Creek,” with the unexpected lift from the Dawson’s Creek theme tune. THEY.’s inventiveness is stitched into songs full of surprising cadences and musical swerves.

Born in Denver, Colorado (with stints in Oklahoma—after his mother passed when he was 15—and Chicago), Dante grew up pillaging his mom’s record collection. His love for Cameo, Prince, and Ready for the World segued into New Edition, Guy, and Bobby Brown. But he’s also very much a child of the 90s, religiously tuning into MTV and VH1, watching as much TRL as Oasis and No Doubt videos; he voraciously consumed issues of Vibe and XXL, immersing himself in the work of The Diplomats and Juvenile. Likewise, Dante floated between cliques at school. For instance, from his friends on the basketball team he got into Fall Out Boy, Senses Fail, and Circa Survive, meanwhile in secret, on is brother Marvin’s MPC, Dante would make beats and record one-take raps. Early on his focus lay largely in production: “I wanted to be able to sing and Drew encouraged me to sing certain parts on the album. There’s a certain texture to my voice that actually works on a lot of the songs.”

While Dante was spending his teens jumping from genre to genre, Drew—who was born in San Antonio and raised in Maryland—grew up exposed to an equally diverse palette of sounds. In his mom’s car it was Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson; in his dad’s, Funkadelic and Kenny G. He declares Hansen’s “MMMbop” was his favorite song for the first few years of his life, while also celebrating sheeny pop of N*Sync and Britney’s “…Baby One More Time.” Drew would sing in the shower, manipulating his voice to imitate his idols. “I think because of all the different musical influences, I just kind of channel it all into my own jambalaya mix of how I approach everything.”

But Drew’s adolescence was markedly different to Dante’s. His parents were in the military and Drew’s instinct has always been to push against strictures. “I was combative,” he says. “I didn’t like to listen to anybody.” While this innate stubbornness would stand him in good stead as an artist seeking to forge his own sound later, initially, music was simply an escape: “I was severely bullied all through middle school and high school,” he explains. “I was easily the least popular kid in school for sure—the butt of every joke. I always wanted to get revenge on those kids, but not in a violent way. Music gave me an outlet.”

There was one other crucial twist of fate and talent that accelerated the pair’s ascent from the studio to center stage stars: When Dante first moved to LA he fell in with electronic producer ZHU, which organically lead to Dante meeting the Mind of a Genius crew, whose roster boasts ZHU, Gallant, and Klangstof, and now THEY.. So in 2015 when ZHU was looking for that final hook on collaboration with Skrillex, THEY. stepped up. To date “Working for It” has been streamed 150 million plus times.

In many ways, Nü Religion: Hyena is their mission statement, songs that take the traditional and turn that on its head, but also say something. It’s on “Silence,” with its sparse sensuality and rippling hi-hats, that Drew feels the most exposed (“It’s about that moment right after the climax when you hit that cigarette or that blunt, when you’re not saying anything and she’s not saying anything.”) Elsewhere, on the bristling “Say When,” which Dante acknowledges marries Rage Against the Machine’s ferocity with trap tropes, the producer and singer holds a mirror up to society.

THEY.’s record, and indeed their overall mindset, is one of progression—that’s their nü religion. As for the hyena, well what is a hyena? Feline or canine? “They can’t really be classified,” says Dante. “That’s a little bit how we feel, especially with this project: Hyenas are still feared and they’re outsiders too.”

 

 

 

 

 

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RAY BLK

By Rob Wacey, AllMusic

Hailing from Catford, South-East London, Ray BLK (real name Rita Ekwere) is an R&B singer/songwriter known for her introspective and socio-political lyrics. She grew up heavily influenced by music, having grown fond of Timbaland and Missy Elliot performances on music channels such as MTV Bass, and grime artists on Channel U. Having decided that her dream was to pursue a career in music, she set the wheels in motion at the age of ten, penning her own lyrics in her school notebooks, which led her teachers to put her in a music program for talented young individuals. She continued to explore her creativity throughout her teens; when she was 13 she worked on some of her earliest material with fellow school pupil and future record producer and songwriter MNEK, in a group the two had created called New Found Content. Although the project’s end results never saw the light of day, it proved a significant cornerstone in the young creative’s journey. It wasn’t until the final days of her University studies in English Literature that she felt ready to put her voice out into the world, and delved through the lyrics, songs, and assorted instrumentals that she had kept over the years. It didn’t take long for some cohesive material to come together, and she ultimately decided upon the stage name of BLK, which stands for “Building, Living, Knowing,” and put together some finished material. Inspired by the character of Ms. Havisham in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, she described the character’s journey as being “like a lot of women around me, who got their heart broken” and put together her first EP, Havisham. It was the public’s first real introduction to the young singer/songwriter and had an instant impact. Alongside her impressive collaborations with artists such as Dream Koala and SELVSSE, her verses evaded the surefire rap-influenced vocals of her youth and moved closer to an area that combined elements of hip-hop, R&B, and neo-soul. The release led to an ever-increasing fan base for the young singer beyond the fringes of her native Catford. She went released the single “50/50” in 2015 — a woozy, languid, and magnetic R&B piece consisting of mordant lyrics directed at an old flame. The track earned her a high spot on BBC 1Xtra’s playlist as well as the honorable “Record of the Week” from BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens. 2016 saw more success for Ray BLK. Generally considered her “breakthrough track,” “My Hood” featured grime heavyweight Stormzy. The song was appealing because it was a bittersweet ode to its author’s hometown, and it also highlighted the struggles and stresses of living in gentrified parts of the city. This way of reminiscing about her youth and growing up earned her a comparison to Stateside R&B legend Lauryn Hill, as well as other soul artists such as Amy Winehouse, and exemplified BLK’s ability to combine a myriad of influences without being consumed by a single particular style. Both “50/50” and “My Hood” were featured on BLK’s second release, the mini-album Durt. Alongside Stormzy, the effort also featured collaborations with Wretch 32 and SG Lewis. Ray BLK’s status among both fans of urban music and music industry critics earned her widespread praise and a nomination for the BBC Sound of 2017. She won the award in January 2017 and continued to write more material.

This article originally appeared on AllMusic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/ray-blk-mn0003587026/biography

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ROYAL BLOOD PREVIEW NEW LP WITH STRIKING ‘LIGHTS OUT’ VIDEO

By Jon Blistein, RollingStone

British rock duo Royal Blood unveiled a striking video for “Lights Out,” the lead single off their upcoming album, How Did We Get So Dark?, out June 16th via Warner Bros. Records.

The clip finds bassist/singer Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher performing the song in an empty room that slowly fills with water. As the pair hit the first chorus of “Lights Out,” a horde of bodies burst out of invisible pools on the floor, ceiling and walls. During a raucous instrumental section, the room is cast in a deep red light and Thatcher and Kerr continue to play in the waist high water as dancers move around them.

How Did We Get So Dark? follows Royal Blood’s 2014 self-titled debut, which debuted in the Top Five of the Billboard 200 and made fast fans out of Jimmy Page and the Foo Fighters, who tapped the band as an opener on their 2015 tour.

Royal Blood wrote the instrumentals for How Did We Get So Dark? during sessions in Brighton, England, Los Angeles and Nashville. The band began cutting the album in Brussels last November with producer Joylon Thomas and finished it London with co-producer Tom Dalgety. How Did We Get So Dark? is available to pre-order digitally, and on CD, vinyl and cassette.

Royal Blood have several U.S. festival dates scheduled for this summer, including stops at Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands.

How Did We Get So Dark? Track List

1. “How Did We Get So Dark?”
2. “Lights Out”
3. “I Only Lie When I Love You”
4. “She’s Creeping”
5. “Look Like You Know”
6. “Where Are You Now?”
7. “Don’t Tell”
8. “Hook, Line and Sinker”
9. “Hole In Your Heart”
10. “Sleep”

This article originally appeared on RollingStone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/watch-royal-bloods-rock-deluge-in-lights-out-video-w476650

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SINGER-SONGWRITER MATT MAESON DELIVERS ACOUSTIC RENDITION OF ‘CRINGE’ IN THE HILLS OF MALIBU

By Taylor Weatherby, Billboard

If you could think of a perfect setting for an acoustic performance from a singer-songwriter, a barn studio in the hills of Malibu, California, is pretty hard to beat. And even if you may not know it yet, Matt Maeson is the man for the serenading job.

The Virginia native brought his guitar and smooth vocals to ​Windmark Creative’s Barn Sessions in Malibu recently, performing his song “Cringe” live amidst an incredibly intimate backdrop for a video premiering on Billboard. Rustic lighting, rolling hills and even a bright pink sunset served as quite the stunning atmosphere for Maeson’s stripped-down performance.

“Shooting the live ‘Cringe’ video in Malibu was such a blast. I was honored to be a part of it — however, we did get lost in the cliffs of Malibu with no phone service for like an hour before we were able to finally find the place,” Maeson tells Billboard about his experience filming the video, which was actually the first performance of the Barn Sessions. “Anyway, ‘Cringe’ is a song I wrote from my new EP Who Killed Matt Maeson and that was one hell of a venue to perform it at.”

Who Killed Matt Maeson was released on Neon Gold/Atlantic Records on March 31. There are six tracks on the EP, all of which have their own alternative-indie acoustic vibe — and make a great soundtrack for a mountainous barn setting, as demonstrated by “Cringe.”

Watch the live performance video of “Cringe” below.

This article originally appeared on Billboard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/7759569/matt-maeson-cringe-acoustic-video

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MISSION

By ReverbNation

Antonio Marquet Smith (aka Mission) was born August 30th, 1989 in Greenville, MS. After living in Mississippi for 9 years, Mission and his family moved to Sacramento, California. As a child Mission has always had an ear for music, along with a strong passion and the gift to rap. He started writing and making music when he was 15 years old. Mission began using his gifts in the secular rap arena until one day God spoke to him, and told him, “that he was working against His Kingdom”. This was the very day he started making Gospel music and turned his life (all the way) over to God.
Mission attends Calvary Christian Center, and serves as a youth leader in the youth ministry. Calvary is also where he met his wife Shawnay, and they now have 2 beautiful children, Ahmarahzhanee’ & Antonio Jr.
Eventually, he met Michael Miller (aka Believa) who believed in the passion and dream that he had for music. He was then signed to the label and now is an artist of Gospel Mission Records.
Mission says “remember to put God first, and nothing is impossible”!
– God First, God Bless –

This article originally appeared on ReverbNation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: https://www.reverbnation.com/thamission/songs

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5 BEST MAJOR LAZER SONGS

By Marv Watson

Major Lazer is worldwide. Here’s a guide to the best songs from Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire.

Since forming in 2009, Major Lazer has pounded its way to the top of the festival bill with its combination of dancehall, moombahton, trap and electronic. Founded by electronic music impressario Diplo, Major Lazer began as a collaboration with the British house DJ and producer Switch.

These days, the group is composed of Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire. In addition to the three albums, including “Peace Is the Missions,” released in 2015, and six EPs, Major Lazer has countless remixes, which we’ll address later. For now, here’s our favorite Major Lazer songs.

5. Major Lazer: “Get Free” (ft. Amber of Dirty Projectors)

A track about being weighed down by the Man, i.e. never got no love from a government man. But really, who has?

4. Major Lazer: “Watch Out For This (Bumaye)” ft. Busy Signal The Flexican & FS Green

From their second album, “Free the Universe,” “Watch Out for This (Bumaye)” is everything you want in a Major Lazer track: dancehall bounce with rapid-fire lyrics. It’s definitely one that you’ll want to turn up, up, up.

3. Major Lazer: “Hold The Line” (ft. Mr. Lexx and Santigold)

When you need to vibrate like a Nokia.

2. Major Lazer: “Jah No Partial” (feat. Flux Pavilion)

If this track doesn’t get your booty moving, then you’ve got no soul. And don’t blame Missa Marshall, General or Lieutenant.

Source: https://www.redbull.com/us-en/top-5-best-major-lazer-songs

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UB SPRING FEST 2017 LINEUP FEATURES WIZ KHALIFA, ZARA LARSSON, HIPPIE SABOTAGE

By BENJAMIN BLANCHET

Concert will take place in Alumni Arena on April 28

Rapper Wiz Khalifa will be headlining this year’s Spring Fest, according to Student Association. The rapper will be joined by Swedish singer Zara Larsson and EDM duo Hippie Sabotage at Alumni Arena on Friday, April 28.

SA announced the lineup on Tuesday afternoon via social media. The announcement comes close to two and a half weeks before the day of show, compared to last year’s announcement which came on March 22.

This year’s Spring Fest offers a variety, mirroring last year’s fest which featured EDM pair The Chainsmokers and rapper Mac Miller.

Wiz Khalifa previously performed Spring Fest in 2010 alongside Big Sean, who headlined Fall Fest 2015.

Khalifa will be joined by Larsson, who won the Swedish reality show Talang in 2008. The California-based EDM pair Hippie Sabotage, who released their project VIBES late last year, will also be performing.

Ticket registration for Spring Fest will begin Monday, April 17 on the SA website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CODE ORANGE

By Gregory Heaney, AllMusic

Evoking the frantic fury of metalcore progenitors like Converge, Code Orange are a metal band based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Formed in 2008 as Code Orange Kids while its members were still in high school, the band originally formed as a more traditional punk outfit before exploring the realm of heavier music. By 2012, the lineup of Eric Balderose (guitars/vocals), Reba Meyers (guitars/vocals), Joe Goldman (bass), and Jami Morgan (drums/vocals) announced they were signing on with Deathwish, the label of Converge frontman Jacob Bannon. That same year, Code Orange made their menacing full-length debut with Love Is Love/Return to Dust. A sophomore effort, I Am King, followed in 2014. The band’s Kurt Ballou-produced sophomore LP, I Am King, dropped in 2014 and debuted on the Billboard 200 at 96, peaking at number ten on the Top Hard Rock Albums chart. In October of 2016 the band released a new single, “Forever,” in anticipation of the release of its much anticipated third studio album, Forever, which arrived early the following year via Roadrunner Records.

This article originally appeared on AllMusic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/code-orange-mn0003009879/biography

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ANNA LUNOE, VALENTINO KHAN AND WUKI TEAM UP ON TRICKY TUNE ‘BULLSEYE’

By Kat Bein, Billboard

Just when you think you’ve got a handle on “Bullseye,” the bass comes in to shock your senses.

The new collaborative tune from songstress producer Anna Lunoe and her buddies Valentino Khan and Wuki is a real sonic adventure. It starts out innocent, then beats you over the head with wonk, then brings you back in for some whimsical groove.

The tune just dropped on OWSLA, and while there are no plans to form a proper super-trio just yet, an overpowering fan response could always inspire more creative collaboration. Pull the trigger and listen to “Bullseye” below.

This article was originally posted on Billboard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/dance/7752521/anna-lunoe-valentino-khan-wuki-bullseye

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