ALBUM REVIEW: Illenium’s Newest Album “Ascend”

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Illenium's popularity increases with every album and EP he has released since he began his career in 2013, having recently won the award for "Best Male Artist" at the 2019 International Dance Music Awards. His previous two albums, Ashes in 2016 and Awake in 2017, have reached #6 and #3 respectively on the US Billboard Top/Dance Electronic Albums chart. At every music festival, it is now common to see fans wearing his signature baseball jerseys and hats. On August 16th, Illenium released his much-anticipated third album, Ascend. In the track, "Take You Down", it has tranquil vocals that accompany light guitar strumming

LIVE REVIEW: Young the Giant, Fitz and The Tantrums, & Alice Merton – Berkeley, CA 8/15/19

With the recent summer heatwave, it was a hot weather day for the San Francisco Bay Area, which made for a perfect evening at The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA when Young the Giant brought the heat on stage. It was an early show starting at 6:30 pm where locals, fans, and Berkeley students all united at one of the most iconic venues. Rising artist Alice Merton recognized for her debut single "No Roots" (Top 40 hit and certified Gold by the RIAA) kicked off the show with her band singing songs from her album Mint. All of her songs

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Talkie Perform Acoustic, Talk ‘Everything Matters’

San Francisco Bay Area band, Talkie, released Everything Matters earlier this year, their second full album release in a year, following up 2018's Fundamental Things. It's no coincidence, as both albums were pretty much written and recorded during the same timeframe. The band had numerous songs written prior to Fundamental Things but after they were nearly completed, there was a clearly a difference in their vibe. The band stated, "We started this one at the same time we started the last one because they were supposed to be one. But then when we were looking at

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Potty Mouth Talk ‘Snafu’, L.A. Lifestyle, Perform “I Wanna”

Rock trio, Potty Mouth released their long-awaited sophomore LP SNAFU in March to an eagerly awaiting audience and positive reviews. Six years after the release of the band's acclaimed 2013 debut album Hell Bent, SNAFU was inspired by the band standing firm in not comprising to the traditional standards of the music industry. "Our approach made things take longer, but it gave us more creative freedom," said bassist Ally Einbinder. "To have that flexibility was so helpful, and the amount we grew and learned during the making of this record is the product of a lot of

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Yeek Talks ‘IDK Where’, Genreless Label, Jesse Rutherford Collaboration

Twenty-eight-year-old singer, songwriter, and producer Yeek released his new EP IDK WHERE in May to critical acclaim. The new material has stood out due to Yeek's unique take on music blending elements taken from hip hop, rock and pop and includes features from Jesse Rutherford of The Neighbourhood, fellow Floridian native Dominic Fike and Umi. Yeek, a stage name he's had since middle school growing up in South Florida, was exposed to a wide spectrum of music from his family- his brother showed him hardcore and punk, which would lead Yeek to drum in various punk bands, his

PHOTO REVIEW: Outside Lands 2019 Brings The Heat – Childish Gambino Draws Huge Crowds, twenty one pilots Thrills

The 12th edition of Outside Lands took place over the weekend and it certainly was a celebration at the beautiful Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. With each day bringing its own unique approach towards planning on who to see, the infamous San Francisco fog was not a major factor this year. As expected, the headliners delivered as twenty one pilots showed their growth as performers with their engaging set on Friday, Childish Gambino drew what was reported the largest audience ever in the festival's history and Paul Simon performed a set that reminded people why he's one of music's

Outside Lands Playlist 2019

The beloved Bay Area favorite music festival (hosted by Another Planet Entertainment) Outside Lands returns this weekend for its 12th anniversary on August 9-11th. It's been over a decade since it first started in 2008 and has drawn music fans from all over the world to see their favorite artists in the unique setting that is Golden Gate Park. In the past, Pearl Jam, Kings of Leon, Radiohead, Muse, Lana Del Rey, Billie Eilish, Lorde, and others have performed. Now Outside Lands 2019 boasts a solid lineup that includes numerous Grammy-nominated artists and Grammy winners. Besides enjoying the music scene that

PHOTOS: X Games 2019 Music – Incubus, Wu Tang Clan, SWMRS Thrills

Along with the amazing display of skill and excitement displayed by the athletes of skateboard, BMX and moto at X Games 2019, the musical entertainment at The Armory in Minneapolis, MN took each night to another level. It all started Thursday night with Oakland, California band SWMRS, whose young exciting brand of rock had fans dancing and singing along to songs like "Lose It", "Palm Trees", "Miley" and highlights from their latest album, Berkeley's On Fire. Right after the Skateboard Vert competition, Chevy Metal kicked it up a notch with their take on numerous covers ranging from songs

ALBUM REVIEW: Clairo – ‘Immunity’

Clairo has come a long way from producing music videos from the comforts of her bedroom. The Atlanta-born singer-songwriter launched into viral stardom after she released a music video titled "Pretty Girl" in 2017 on YouTube which as of this writing, has garnered over 36 million views. Shortly after the video's release and popularity, Clairo attracted interest from major record labels such as Capitol, RCA, and Columbia. Last year, Clairo had released her debut EP titled Diary 001, which led to positive reviews and gave proof that she was more than a "one-hit fluke". On August 2, 2019, Clairo released

PHOTOS: X Games 2019 Shines in Minneapolis

It wouldn't be summer without X Games, the premier action sports competition showcasing the best in BMX, moto and skate, combined with amazing musical performances. With headliners Wu-Tang Clan, Diplo and Incubus performing throughout the multi-day event, the best athletes congregated in Minneapolis, MN at US Bank Stadium. The first day of competition kicked off with BMX Vert and two of the best in recent years, veterans Jamie Bestwick and Vince Byron battling for the gold. The youngest in the field at 29, Byron was trailing Bestwick after he laid down an impressive first run to move into the top spot.

LIVE REVIEW: Kim Petras – San Francisco, CA 07/31/19

German pop singer Kim Petras performed at Mezzanine in San Francisco, CA on July 31, 2019 and the sold out show was buzzing with fans who couldn't wait to see Petras perform.  The atmosphere inside Mezzanine came to life when the fans screamed as Petras arrived on stage with her friend and producer-songwriter, Aaron Joseph.  Throughout the whole show, she wowed the crowd with her lively dance moves and intense vocals as she sang tracks from her debut album, Clarity that was released on June 28, 2019, and her third EP, Turn Off The Light, Vol. 1.  Wearing a white suit

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Mini Mansions Talk New Album, Intimate Song Material

Mini Mansions just released their new album, Guy Walks Into A Bar... on July 26, 2019 to much critical acclaim. Upon the release, Michael Shuman of Mini Mansions stated, “We’ve waited years for this day, and we can’t be more excited to release our third LP, Guy Walks Into a Bar... It wasn’t an easy record to make. It tested our interpersonal relationships within the band, as well as my own personal struggles in my past romantic relationship. But those hurdles have helped us to produce, as I see it, our most honest and self-reflective record to date. We

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Scarypoolparty Talks Trent Reznor, American Idol Experience, Forging Ahead

Twenty-four year old Pomona, CA native Alejandro Aranda aka Scarypoolparty received nationwide attention when he auditioned for the seventeenth season of American Idol. His audition overwhelming impressed the judges Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan prompting Richie to say: "This guy is freaking unbelievable" and Bryan adding "I feel like I'm in the presence of greatness". From being homeschooled, working numerous jobs including as a dishwasher while busking, to now selling out shows, Aranda is the epitome of hard work paying off when a great opportunity presented itself. Aranda started playing music at a young age, but didn't

LIVE REVIEW: THE DRUMS- San Francisco, CA 7/26/19

The Drums returned to San Francisco with a bang! Last spring, The Drums (singer Jonathan “Jonny” Pierce, bassist Johnny Aries, guitarist Tom Haslow, and drummer Bryan de Leon) supported Alvvays at The Fox Theater in Oakland following the release of their fourth album Abysmal Thoughts. Now out with their fifth record Brutalism, The Drums headlined two shows at the intimate August Hall on Thursday, July 25th and Friday 26th. Friday night packed the sold-out house as loyal fans old and young found their spots early as they eagerly awaited the New York indie surf pop band to walk on stage. The audience was