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.
On February 17th, Michigan indie rock band Frontier Ruckus will release Enter The Kingdom, their fifth full-length LP, on Sitcom Universe / Loose Music. As a preview, they’ve released the album track “Positively Freaking,” a textured, folky rock hybrid with lots of melodic hooks, harmonies, and a propulsive, rolling arrangement. The new album, produced by Wilco‘s Ken Coomer, deals frankly with songwriter Matthew Milia‘s childhood experience when his father lost his job. The couple of tracks released so far (“27 Dollars” is also streaming now) indicate a vivid and detailed slice of American life that holds true in today’s bizarre social and economic structure.
Austin TX singer-songwriter Chase Gassaway took a stab at some songs by friends and musical compatriots and ended up with a full album of covers, spanning from local Austin bands to classics like The Temptations. When it came to The Lumineers’ break-out hit “Ho Hey,” Gassaway abandoned the upbeat folk attitude of the original and went dark and introspective. The result is a completely new read on the song, bringing out the obsessive, haunted lyrical content. Unassuming and atmospheric, this version is frankly an improvement on the more breezy original.
The new album is called A Fly Can’t Bird, and is out February 24th.
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 love it when good pop music comes together. Colliding on tour right now are two of our longtime favorites, Bronze Radio Return and Air Traffic Controller. Avid OurStagers might recall Bronze Radio Return from their inclusion in our new music web series The Panel, or perhaps from the many other times they won competitions and appeared on our charts. Similarly, Air Traffic Controller earned a spotlight feature on MTV.com and have racked up more than a dozen Top 10 chart placements. Both bands have been blowing up over the past couple of years, garnering well-deserved national attention as they cross the country. If you’re in the northeast United States, you can and SHOULD catch them together right now:
(Bronze Radio Return ONLY, no ATC)
World Cafe Live