Among the artists playing this year: Thee Oh Sees, Austra, Weyes Blood, Ja Som, The Besnard Lakes, Royal Trux, RZA, Swet Shop Boys, Hurray for the RIff Raff, The Dears (performing No Cities Left in full), Elza Soares, Jessy Lanza, Mount Eerie, Public Service Broadcasting, Lady Miss Kier, the return of Think About Life, and more.
Lady Gaga, Bon Iver, Thundercat, Mitski, Downtown Boys, Swet Shop Boys, AFI/No Doubt supergroup DREAMCAR, Future (with special guests Drake and Migos), DJ Snake (with special guests Lauryn Hill and Migos), Nav (with special guest The Weeknd), Gucci Mane (with special guests Rae Sremmurd), and lots more on day 2 of Coachella weekend 1.
In one of the weirder celebrity feuds you’ll see, Azealia Banks has been beefing hard with noted hot-head Russell Crowe. Azealia was thrown out of a party in Russell’s hotel room. She’s claimed that he was violent towards her and has since filed a battery report against Crowe…
There was as much to be excited about as there was to dread heading into day two of Made In America. As previously mentioned, I hadn’t attended the Jay-Z curated music festival before this year but, after the first day, it had more than lived up to its reputation. There were great performances from this year’s line-up with plenty more to look forward to on Day 2. Of course, it was difficult to ignore the segment of the crowd who was rolling in squad deep with their blunts in the air.
The drama unfolds! If you read my last article on the Wu-Tang album The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin…, you’ll know that I’m behind the group’s unprecedented release decision: the Wu-Tang Clan is releasing a single copy of their latest album that will go to the highest bidder. The idea is to have it trade between museums, festivals, and the like where listening parties will give an audience the chance to hear the album in a curated environment.
Fans have other ideas. Two west coast twenty-somethings have started a Kickstarter to raise $5 million to purchase the ...
Sometimes you gotta take the perks when you can get em’. Not sure if you figured this out by now, but, I’m not getting rich by blogging. Every once in a while, you get a little bone thrown at you (like skybox suite tickets to Rihanna two summers ago). Last week, my editor gave me a voicemail heads-up that there was some sweet goods waiting for me in the office and that the interns who opened the mail were foaming at the mouth. But these two boxes had my name on it. And while I was impressed by the Heineken gear (XL t-shirts and fly baseball lids), it wasn’t really my style or size. But the headphones… my god the headphones.
In a massive box full of shredded paper, was in-laid another huge fabric box with a hinged toplid. When I lifted it up I found the dopest headphones I’ve ever put on my ears. When you spend hours and hours in cafes listening to records like I do, and cannot bear any kind of bus, car or plane trip without an iPod, you settle in with a set of headphones that just get the job done without making you uncomfortable. If money were no object, sure, I’d be rocking BOSE or big, huge multi-hundred dollar headphones. I’ve got phones that stay put for runs or workouts and $10 Sony wrap-around-your-ear phones for everyday listening. But noise-cancelling LED headphones with seemingly-bolstered levels of bass and snare opened my ears to what I’d been missing.
They resale for $170 and make Azaelia’s beats sound totally sickening. I have no idea who sent them to me or why. But I am eternally grateful. The least I could do is advocate for attending RZA’s comrade in Wu-Tang hi-hop, GZA’s date at The Troacdero this weekend. He’ll be doing “Liquid Swords” in full. Get yourself some headphones, listen to some Wu-Tang, and get a ticket to Saturday’s show.