One of last month’s Finals winners, Konshens The MC, often performs with his seven-piece band State of Mind. A recent project of the group is Classically Dope, a show that incorporates with the band a classical ensemble. We wanted to share this great video of them performing Konshens’ winning track “Militant” at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts back on February 8th.
As the Flint Michigan water crisis stretches into its THIRD YEAR, attention and outrage wane, directed elsewhere, as outrage demands exceed supply. Some dedicated folks remain focused, however, and retrain our collective eye on the prize (the prize here being the most fundamental of basic human needs – potable water). Count among these the United Way, whose Genesee County operation continues to try to raise money in order to help the neglected people of Flint, and socially conscious people like those in one of our current favorite rock and roll bands, Aloud. The band today released a single, “Agua Mala,” to help raise money for the United Way fund, and they will perform tonight at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory at a Flint benefit, snow be damned, along with Cold Blood Club (who also feature on the new single).
A great cause and worthy effort, we’re sure you’ll agree. Luckily for us, Aloud is also a great band who make great songs, and this one is no exception. Seething, dark, and dynamic, “Agua Mala” reflects the frustration of this ongoing crisis in the tone of the music alone.
If you’re able, please spread the word, get the track, go to the show.
Every month, the OurStage community (that’s you) listens and ranks the songs competing on OurStage.com. Once those songs get to the Finals stage, five grand prize winners are selected. Those winners get featured on the ‘OurStage on Amazing Radio’ show, broadcast to hundreds of thousands of music fans around the world. Last month’s show is streaming now. Below are the top five that you’ll hear on this month’s show, along with other favorites from the charts.
Yonas and director Mike Squires have teamed up again (truth be told, it seems like they never stop working) for the official video for “Photo.” It’s an instant classic. Not only is the video straight up hilarious, with Yonas making appearances in iconic images from Einstein and Ali to Kim Kardashian and Stranger Things, but the driving and intense single is one of the best we’ve heard from the Bronx rapper.
Having suffered a temporary setback last month with what you might call a ‘wrecked voice’ (medical term for vocal cord damage and tonsillitis), Michael Kiwanuka has announced new dates for his previously cancelled tour of North America. The new tour comes on the heels of two BRIT Award nominations for Kiwanuka’s acclaimed second album Love & Hate. Poetic and sonically expressive, the LP extracts the warm vibe of late ’70s soul music while remaining focused and concerned with the issues of the present. Love & Hate was produced by Dangermouse and Inflo. Check out the title track below the tour dates.
May 18, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
May 19, 2017 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
May 21, 2017 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
May 22, 2017 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
May 23, 2017 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
May 26, 2017 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
May 27, 2017 – Chicago, IL – Park West
May 29, 2017 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
May 30, 2017 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
May 31, 2017 – Boston, MA – Royale NightClub
June 2, 2017 – New York, NY – Governors Ball Music Festival
June 4, 2017 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
June 7, 2017 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Centre
June 9, 2017 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
June 10, 2017 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music Festival
June 11, 2017 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley
We recently brought you the latest single from Yonas, “Roll One Up” (featuring Roscoe Dash and Sammy Adams) as well as behind-the-scened footage and interviews from the filming of the video for the song. Well, we didn’t want to leave anyone hanging, so at your convenience please find enclosed the aforementioned video. ALSO, tour dates! The man is embarking on his first headlining tour. Check it below the video, or click here for links for each date.