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Kendrick Lamar Wins Nobel Prize for Music for His Album “DAMN”

Kendrick Lamar has won the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his album, DAMN., becoming the first non-classical or jazz artist to receive the honor. The Pulitzer board announced the selection on Monday.

Kendrick is an artist that comes only a few times each generation. A voice of the people, a lyrical masterclass that finds praise on every level of his music. From critical acclaim to a widespread fanbase and powerful thunderous live performances; Kendrick is one of the greatest if not the GOAT.  He’s in the same class as Biggie, Nas, Jay Z, Tupac, Eminem and Big Pun. With every album and every song that’s released, he rises even higher than anyone could imagine.

DAMN is Kendrick’s third album and an absolute masterpiece in every sense of the word. He deserves this award, he deserves to go down in history. I can not wait to see what he has in store for us in the future.

Young Thug “Hear No Evil”

Young Thug: “Hear No Evil” Hip-hop superstar, Young Thug releases his latest EP, Hear No Evil via 300 Entertainment, Atlantic Records, and YSL Records. The 3-song EP that features appearances from Nicki Minaj, Lil Uzi Vert, and 21 Savage. After taking a vow of “musical” silence, Thug has now decided to release music and an accompanying sign language video for “Anybody Ft. Nicki Minaj” in honor of his deaf brother and fans with hearing impairments. Hear No Evil is Young Thug’s first project of 2018 since his collaborative mixtape with Future, Super Slimey.

Along with starring in a star-studded Adidas campaign, Thug reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts because of his contributions to Camila Cabello’s breakout single, “Havana.” Just last year, Young Thug received an MTV Video Music Award for his brilliant “Wyclef Jean” music video and released the critically-acclaimed Beautiful Thugger Girls EP. Young Thug is slated to perform at the Rolling Loud Festival on May 11th in Miami, FL, USA. Take a listen to Young Thug’s Hear No Evil EP and check out the “Anybody” sign video.

Listen to Hear No Evil: 

Song of the Week “No More Cryin” – The Molochs

A throwback tribute to rock and roll’s greatest time. With sounds clearly inspired by The Kinks, Velvet Underground and The Rolling Stones they put a folk-punk twist making a sound all their own.  The Molochs – “No More Cryin” has a great bass line, catchy guitar riffs and refreshing harmonica blasts. I heard this song on a college radio station up in New Jersey a few months ago and instantly loved it. Band members Lucas Fitzsimons & Ryan Foster released their first album in 2013,  Forgetter Blues. This song is off America’s Velvet Glory. You can check more of their stuff out on SoundCloud

 

Outside Lands Tickets Go on Sale 3/29

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Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly, and Starr Hill Presents are thrilled to announce 3-day Eager Beaver and Leisure Beaver tickets for the 11th annual Outside Lands will go Thursday 3/29. You can grab tickets via www.sfoutsidelands.com. It’s sold out the past 7 years, so if you plan on going try and get them early.
Outside Lands Eager Beaver and Leisure Beaver tickets will provide a lower price to fans buying festival tickets before the lineup announcement. The first fans to purchase tickets will be eligible to buy the lowest priced Eager Beaver tickets — once these tickets sell out, Leisure Beaver tickets will become available. Eager Beaver VIP tickets will also be available for purchase. There is limited availability for all of these price levels. 3-day Shuttle Passes and 3-day Parking Passes will also go on sale Thursday, March 29 at 10am PT. All pricing is listed below.
PRE-SALE PRICING
Eager Beaver – $325 + fees
Leisure Beaver – $349.50 + fees
Eager Beaver VIP – $749.50 + fees
3-Day Parking – $255 (all-in)
3-Day Shuttle Pass $48 (all-in)
Over the past decade, Outside Lands has set new standards for festivals around the world, revolutionizing how music, food and drink can be enjoyed. With a world-class culinary and wine program showcasing the best the Bay Area has to offer alongside a carefully curated lineup all with the backdrop of Golden Gate Park, Outside Lands is an experience like none other.
Outside Lands has a rich alumni of artists that include Radiohead, Elton John, Kendrick Lamar, Lana Del Rey, Metallica, Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Solange, Chance the Rapper, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, Lorde, Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Halsey, The Who, Alabama Shakes, Norah Jones, Tame Impala, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and many more.
Since its inception, Outside Lands has evolved into a beloved San Francisco tradition and boom for the Bay Area, as thousands of fans from around the world flood the iconic city for an incomparable weekend in one of the world’s greatest green spaces. Outside Lands is simultaneously a true destination festival and a celebration of the region’s best. You won’t want to miss it.

MOON RIVER FESTIVAL SELLS OUT IN 8 HOURS

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2018 Moon River Festival, held in Chattanooga, TN has sold out in less than 8 hours

Here is a message from festival founder Drew Holcomb:
“I am overwhelmed and honored to announce that Moon River Festival 2018 is Sold Out, in just one day. This is mind-boggling to me. I am humbled beyond words. 
We believe this festival will be one to remember for all time. The quality of the lineup, Coolidge Park in Chattanooga, and early September… all of these things are shaping up to deliver a memorable event for the ages. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for continuing to believe in this vision. We will see you in September!”
 -Drew Holcomb
This year’s edition of the two-day event features 22 acts across two stages, taking place on the banks of the beautiful Tennessee River at Coolidge Park in Chattanooga, TN on September 8 & 9. Full line up for this amazing two-day festival is below.
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Moonriver Festival Moves to Memphis, TN

A New Location for a Small Underground Festival

AC Entertainment is excited to announce the 2018 dates and new venue for this year’s edition of the Moon River Music Festival. Taking place September 8th and 9th, the Memphis born music festival will be relocating to the beautiful Coolidge Park in Chattanooga, TN.

 

Festival founder Drew Holcomb released a statement today about the move and the exciting future of Moon River:
Hello friends,
In 2014, we started Moon River Music Festival to showcase my hometown, Memphis, Tennessee, in all of its underrated glory. For the last few years we have done exactly that, and brought people from all over the country to see Memphis and experience our incredible festival. We are very proud of what we have accomplished.
As we outgrew the stunning and historic Levitt Shell, we realized we had an opportunity to dream, and we have set our sights on expanding the original vision of Moon River.
I have lived in various parts of Tennessee my whole life. I’m biased, but I think its one of the greatest places in the world. In our dreaming and searching for a new home, we realized we could showcase other parts of my home state, Tennessee, and we have found the perfect place, Coolidge Park, in downtown Chattanooga.
Chattanooga is primed for a music festival like Moon River, and the city has opened its arms to us. It is the gateway to the Appalachian Mountains and one of the most beautiful cities in the region. Coolidge Park is right in the center of town, connected to one the world’s largest pedestrian bridges, Walnut Street Bridge, overlooking the Tennessee River.
We can’t wait for you to continue in this wonderful adventure with us. We will see you this Fall in Chattanooga!
-Drew Holcomb

The Rise of Hobo Johnson

Vagabonds and Video Games

I saw this video while aimlessly scrolling through Facebook over the weekend and was instantly blown away. I tried to find out more, but there wasn’t much online about this rap/hip-hop group. Classic hip-hop, heartbreak, slam poetry, video games, folk music, a thrift shop and that springtime suburban smell are tossed in a blender to create something like we’ve never heard before. A breath of fresh air is inhaled and the memory of that honeysuckle air sticks with you.

Their debut album, The Rise of Hobo Johnson, is a must listen for anyone and everyone. This is new, this is refreshing, this is the music that should define a generation. I hope these guys blow up, they deserve all the success they should hopefully gain over the next few years.

Who are you Hobo Johnson? Where did you come from? Can we be friends?

Artist of the Day Spotlight – The Districts

Pure Rock and Roll:

Growing Up in A Small Town, Being a Teenager and Dealing with Life –

I first started listening to these guys in late 2014. I came across them while going through some festival lineups, I was in love with their self-titled EP that features “Funeral Beds” and “Lyla”. That following year I saw them at Bonnaroo and have been listening to them on repeat ever since.

“The Districts were formed in 2009 by four high schoolers from Lititz, a small town in central Pennsylvania. The group self-released two EPs and a full-length album, “Telephone,” over the course of 2011 and 2012. Late in 2013, after a stint in viral success from a live studio session, The Districts signed with Fat Possum Records, and released an EP in early 2014 consisting of three remastered tracks from their previous releases and two new songs. By 2014 the group had relocated from Lititz to Philadelphia In February 2015, the group’s second full-length album, “A Flourish and a Spoil,” produced by John Congleton, also appeared on the Fat Possum label.This album peaked at #7 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #28 on the Top Independent Albums chart.In August 2017, the band released their third full-length album, “Popular Manipulations,” once again under the Fat Possum label.”

They will be playing at Okeechobee Music Festival this Friday, March 2nd at 6:50pm.

Top 6 Reasons You Should Be Excited for Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival

Okeechobee Fest is returning to Sunshine Grove in just one week. This is the festival’s third year running, just like the past two years, the line up is absolutely stacked. The line up is what will draw most attendees to a certain festival for the first time. Everything else is what keeps them coming back year after year. Okee has created a universe all its own. A unique place where people of all ages can come together to dance, sing, get weird and connect. This is one of my favorite music festivals in the United States, if you have never been you have a lot to be excited about. Sound improvements, new stages and the perfect festival grounds are all great, but what exactly does Okeechobee offer beyond the 24/7 music and insanely diverse and impressive lineup? What makes Okeechobee Music Festival such a special place?

Aquachobee

The grounds that Okeechobee Fest takes place upon are absolutely stunning. How many music festivals have a beach? Okeechobee does, it’s called Aquachobee. “Aquachobee is a daytime swimming, hanging and music hang zone in the heart of Moonlight Oasis. Complete with a swimming lake and real sand beach, it is your tropical wake up call.” It’s an amazing place to relax in the sun, meet great people and/or cool down in the water; all while surrounded by amazing music.

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The Weather

A lot of camping festivals are held in the summertime. Temperatures can reach over 100 degrees, tents become ovens and everything turns to sweat (looking at you Bonnaroo). Waiting at a stage during the day for your favorite artists feels like an Olympic sport. Not at Okeechobee. Typical days will be around 80-85 degrees, night time it drops to around 50-60 degrees. The cool nights and warm days make the whole experience much more enjoyable.

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The People

There is a certain energy that surrounds this festival. An overwhelming sense of positivity and well being, it’s almost impossible to not smile as you walk around the stunning festival grounds. You’ll be greeted with high fives throughout the day. You’ll make friends with strangers and feel a distinct level of unity. Of course, there are some bad apples in the bunch, but they are few far and in between.

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The Art/Interactive Installations

Okeechobee Fest gives tons of local artists the opportunity to create amazing pieces to share with everyone. From live paintings to the Sonic Portal and poetry readings, there is art everywhere. Take your time to really explore Chobeewobee Village, there’s something special hiding around every corner.

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Gouda Boys

Like most people, I love me some tasty food. Okeechobee has a ton of amazing food vendors, one has a very special place in my fat heart. The Gouda Boys are now a festival staple. They make forearm sized egg rolls stuffed with all types of deliciousness; mac and cheese, buff chick, bacon etc. They also have mac and cheese bowls and other insanely amazing foods.

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Gouda Boys!

The Largest Sound Meditation EVER

For the first time in OMF history, the festival collaborates with the legendary mass meditation movement, The Big Quiet, to host the largest sound meditation ever. The Big Quiet is renowned for bringing together thousands of people at landmarks like Madison Square Garden and the top of the World Trade Center. Designed for people with any level of meditation experience, The Big Quiet incorporates sound practitioners, string instrumentalists and powerful musicians to create a guided meditation experience unlike anything else.

If you haven’t purchased a ticket yet, it’s not too late. Do not miss this festival. Click here to buy tickets. 

Slightly Stoopid Announces Tour Dates With Pepper and Stick Figure

Slightly Stoopid just announced the initial dates for their School’s Out For Summer 2018 Tour with special guests Stick Figure and Pepper. The tour will bring the band across the country making stops in cities coast to coast as well as headlining festival appearances at Levitate Music & Arts Festival and Arise Music Festival along the way.
In 2017, Slightly Stoopid’s annual outdoor amphitheater tour, titled “Sounds Of Summer 2017,” ranked 67th in Pollstar’s Top 100 Global Tours of Summer 2017.
Slightly Stoopid fan presale for the School’s Out For Summer 2018 Tour will begin on Wed 2/21 @ 10am local local time. General tour on-sale begins Fri 2/23 @ 10am local time. All up to date news and tour date announcements can be found at slightlystoopid.com.

Tour Dates

06/07 Bonner, MT – Kettlehouse Amphitheater
06/08 Redmond, WA – Marymoor Park
06/09 Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheater
06/10 Eugene, OR – Cuthbert Amphitheater
06/14 Avila Beach, CA – Avila Beach Golf Resort
06/15 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
06/16 South Lake Tahoe, NV – Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena
06/17 Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre
06/21 Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre
06/24 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
06/28 Kansas City, MO – Crossroads KC
06/29 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
06/30 New Braunfels, TX – Whitewater Music Amphitheatre
07/01 Houston, TX – The Lawn at White Oak Music Hall
07/06 Garrettsville, OH – Nelson Ledges Quarry Park
07/07 Marshfield, MA – Levitate Music & Arts Festival
07/08 Portland, ME – Maine State Pier
07/13 Portsmouth, VA – Union Bank & Trust Pavilion
07/14 Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
07/19 Saint Augustine, FL – Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
07/20 North Charleston, SC – Riverfront Park
07/26 Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Pavilion
07/28 Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier @ Penn’s Landing
07/29 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summerstage
08/02 Albuquerque, NM – Villa Hispana
08/03 Loveland, CO – Arise Music Festival
08/04 Salt Lake City, UT – SLC Library
08/05 Boise, ID – Summerfield at Memorial Stadium
*Additional Dates To Be Announced

About Slightly Stoopid

An eclectic band when it comes to musical styles as well as collaborations, Slightly Stoopid, now in their second decade of making music, continues to manufacture an energizing and multifaceted sound that has been described as “a spiritual bath of positive party energy.”
The Ocean Beach, California-based band formed by multi-instrumentalists Kyle McDonald and Miles Doughty has matured into a versatile musical ensemble. Band members consist of drummer Ryan “Rymo” Moran; percussionist Oguer “OG” Ocon; saxophonist Daniel “Dela” Delacruz; keyboardist Paul Wolstencroft; trumpet and trombone player Andy Geib, and an arsenal of guests that frequent the stage, most notably Karl Denson (Rolling Stones/Greyboy Allstars), Don Carlos, Chali 2na (Jurassic 5) and Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews Band).