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Why do I LOVE live music?

Music is such a beautiful thing, but take it a step further and listen to some high quality life music, and you will find out quickly there is no comparison. The rhythm and vibe connects the crowd in a way that can not be done while just listening to a CD or downloaded version while you are in the car.

 

The Live Music Feel

The feeling of the live music at a concert venue, large or small, takes over. You can feel in tune with the people actually playing the music. When ever I am looking for live  music to go see, I look for what venues they are being held. If the venue is too large, sometimes the music can be distorted or not sound nearly as good. My favorite venue type is a small venue, where the acoustics are set according. My wife and I love even travelling to go see shows at smaller venues than large ones because the environment is intimate and makes for a much better experience.

I think my all time favorite type of music to listen to in a live setting but a small venue, has got to be blues music. The music just captures my soul and takes me to places where I feel alive and well. The guitar strung with sliding play style is so unique I just love it. I could listen for hours on end and not stop. The rhythm of the bass also is something I really like where they have to be right on time to make the entire blue bands sound good together.

The only downside to smaller events is sometimes they are not as well organized as larger events. Larger venues often have a much higher budget to work with and can afford to put out the money for the things needed like fencing, gates, bigger stages and crowd control.

BUT, do not let that deter you from venturing to smaller venues to see awesome shows and enjoy the smaller venues, because some of the best music I have ever heard has been from smaller venues.

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Who’s Up Next?

Who’s the front runner in the 2017 XXL Freshman Class? If you’ve had the opportunity to watch XXL’s cipher, you would agree with us that SuperDuper Kyle has come out ahead. With his clear and understandable lyrics, compared to his mumble rap counterparts.  Although Kyle’s speech impediment may have held him back during his rise to fame, it has certainly provided a brand and level of independence for his musical ability.

The cover of XXL Freshman Class of 2017 includes the likings of Bay Area’s Kamaiyah, The Bronx’s A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Philadelphia’s PnB Rock, Tokyo representer Madeintyo, Atlanta’s Playboi Carti, Portland’s Aminé, Atlanta’s Kap G, Ventura, Calif.’s Kyle; Houston’s Ugly God and 10th Spot winner XXXTentacion. Although most of them are well-known in their hometowns, these are fresh faces for the rap/trap scene known as today’s popular culture. Amine has proven his noteworthy skills in various music videos and songs – leading the class into the new year.

Who do you think should have been on this year’s cover? Anyone from your city that represents and modifies today’s culture? Leave your suggestions in our comment section and we will do an article about each artist. Thanks for reading!

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Pandora Streaming

Pandora has become a wonderful option for streaming music to your phone or computer and is an exceptional option to using MP3 files. The only major downside I can really see is that if you stream too much and go over your data on your cell phone plan. Or if you are looking for a direct song that you want to listen to right away, then Pandora would not be your option. Our music enthusiast, Michael says one of the other major pluses for Pandora is that all the music streamed is in high-quality HD. Sometimes when you download an MP3 file to listen to a specific song, you do not get such a high-quality file. The music can sound weird and distorted as compared to what you hear on the radio. That is what is awesome about Pandora. You can be assured knowing that you are getting the best quality sounds there is to possibly get (your speakers permitting). Click here for more of Michael’s ideas.

Another great option for streaming music is to use something like Spotify. Spotify allows you to directly stream any song you want at any time. Every now and then there are crappy versions that you must sift through to find a good one, but overall Spotify is an amazing music streaming platform that allows you to listen to nearly any song you can imagine at any time you want to. You can even make an account on Spotify. Once you make an account, you can now add songs to playlists and save your favorites.

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New Music 2017 p.iii

Russ – There’s Really A Wolf

‘What They Want’ by Russ is a smash hit. This isn’t an opinion, it’s fact (check the ratings). Russ originally started off as a SoundCloud producer and rapper from Georgia. From there, he scaled his skills and success. His latest album, ‘There’s Really A Wolf’ hit iTunes earlier this year. He created a major fan base from online promotion and marketing, contributing more than $2 million in his first year on a label. Although he proclaims to be a ‘partner’ on his label, he denies that he had any connections coming into the music industry. Regardless, his music continues to skyrocket and reach new audiences. Take a listen.

 

DJ Khaled – Grateful

There are some major hits on DJ Khaled’s new record, Grateful. There are also some major flops. Combining features from Jay-Z, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Chance the Rapper, Drake and Nas, there’s some competition. ‘I’m The One’ already hit top 10 the first week the single dropped, but the procession of the songs from the album don’t stand out from one another. There are some bangers, like ‘On Everything’ and ‘Down For Life’, but they lack content. Although it is an ambitious record, we expected more.

 

DubXX – Smoking in Public

After being featured on Machine Gun Kelly’s song, ‘Moonwalkers’, it’s only right Dub came out with some new material. After listening to the EP a few times, some of the songs stuck out. ‘Come Down’ is a standout record, blasting the likes of his predecessors. ‘No Safety’ also had some valuable lyrics within the rhyme scheme. It’s definitely a record to listen to and we’re anxious to hear what’s next.

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New Music of 2017 p.ii

  • The Human Condition – Jon Bellion

Jon Bellion has been on the music scene for longer than you were born. His first album release, The Human Condition, came onto the scene hot! Always remaining true to his roots, the opening track professes that ‘He Is the Same’. No matter how successful his album is or how famous he gets, Bellion reassures his fans that he will always be the same kid from the high school, with a jump shot that is still flame. The single, All Time Low, flew on the charts in 2016 and now 2017. With a beat pad and melodic lyrics, this track stands out as a producer who should not be challenged. With a mix of hip hop and Paul Simon, Bellion proves his prowess.

 

  • Digital Druglord – Blackbear

Blackbear continues to surprise his fans (and the music industry) with reflective lyrics and unmatched music production. ‘moodz’ featuring 24hrs stands out among the rest. Blackbear has been featured on various projects throughout the years, such as Justin Bieber’s ‘Boyfriend’ and Mod Sun’s ‘You Are’. His vocal style and original melodies put him on top of the artists that aren’t signed to a record label but still continue to produce art. Check out his earlier album, ‘Cashmere’ which is one of our favorites of 2016.

 

  • Rowlan

Still unsigned but still hustling, the east coast rapper Rowlan is taking over the spotlight. One of our favorite tracks on his unreleased music is ‘Best I Can’, featuring a melodic chorus and transformative lyrics throughout. Recently featured on Gary Vaynerchuk’s highly successful Youtube vlogs, Rowlan’s music took over a montage of the videos. If you are in need of new music with a flare, Rowlan’s discography will provide great insight into the rapper’s life.

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MP3 vs Streaming

The data of streaming music through popular online streaming services has been greatly reduced. By using maximizing technologies, the data needed to stream a song has been cut down by nearly 80 percent.

MP3 files are typically audio files that are first downloaded onto a person’s computer. These audio files are collected into folders called playlists. One of the most popular places people would store their MP3 files was on iTunes. iTunes is a music listening and MP3 storage program created by Apple, for all to use for free. From here, your MP3 player device could be connected to the computer and your music could then be put on your MP3 player. Now, you would be able to take the music with you on the go! Listen at the gym by putting in ear buds or plug into the car and jam out on the stereo. MP3 players were an amazing thing of their time, but they have definitely been trumped by online music streaming services.

Popular online music streaming services

Pandora has become an online leader of music streaming. They offer users a way to stream music for free! The catch? They play adds in between every few songs. So for free music listening to your trade off is having to listen to an ad. Not bad right? Essentially the advertiser is now paying for you to be able to listen to music. There is also an option that you can pay a small monthly subscription fee so that you do not have to hear any ads at all. One downfall with Pandora is that you can not directly listen to the song that you want to right at that time. The way Pandora works is they you create a “station”. The way you create a station is you either choose a specific song you like or an artist that you like. Now Pandora uses it’s smart technology to pick other songs and artists that are similar to what you have originally picked to create your station and play it for you. It is a great way to get a wide variety of music. It is also an awesome way to find new music that is similar to what you like.

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MP3 music files dead?

Now with streaming music service becoming ever more popular, it seems as if the MP3 music file has been dying. For years MP3s were the way to go to put music on your mobile listening device, better known as an MP3 player. One of the most well known of the time is the iPod. Many people owned original iPods and would download music to their computer to then be transferred onto their iPad or another MP3 player.

It seems as if streaming has taken over as the go-to way of listening to music. Gone are the days or having to wait to go home to download that hot new song you heard on the radio. Now, simply turn on your streaming player and boom, it is ready to go!

One downfall I have seen that has come along with the major increase of music streaming is that now we are using our cellular data to be able to listen to the music. While this may seem like no probleM at all, have you ever seen the cellphone company penalty charges for going over on your monthly data quota? They are simply outrageous! People that do not have unlimited data can risk the possibility of streaming too much data through their phone and going over the maximum data. Many cell phone companies have implemented unlimited plans to combat this problem as nearly all people are streaming music.

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New Music of 2017

If you haven’t realized by now, there have been tons of artists who put out tons of music within the past few months. 2017 is shaping up to be the year of dedicated musicians which includes Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Mod Sun, Machine Gun Kelly, and much more! We are excited to create the ultimate 2017 playlist for you. Find below the album titles and brief descriptions of the hottest albums so far!

  • DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar

As most of you have probably heard, Kendrick Lamar is ranked as one of the most conscious hip-hop artists to date. With intrinsic lyrics over hard hitting beats, with also in an internal monolog throughout the entire project, Lamar dominates. Damn. has flown through the charts and has some pretty intense bangers (C’mon. Did you see ‘HUMBLE.’?). What was To Pimp A Butterfly has now transformed into a motherf*ckin stinger from a bee. Doubt us? Take a listen to the entire record and let us know what you think.

  • bloom – Machine Gun Kelly  

The once labeled ‘Wild Boy’ has now turned a new corner. His third album, bloom, has debuted the artist’s sensitive yet unique side. Machine Gun Kelly has definitely made a name (and reputation) for himself yet he still continues to surprise the haters. With songs like ‘Rehab’ and ‘Kiss the Sky’, MGK really knocks down other performance artists just by the way he strums a few strings. He always holds it down for his #1’s though, with tracks like ‘The Gunner’ and ‘Trap Paris’ he still knows how to hit them. ’27’ is probably the most prolific track on the entire album because of the message within the lyrics and the incredible guitar solo at the end. Definitely a step up for Kells and a great listening experience for all music lovers.

  • Divide – Ed Sheeran

The marketing ploy behind Sheeran’s album covers is pretty genius. How can you NOT know whose album this is? Besides his fascination with neon colored albums and math symbols, Ed Sheeran has outdone himself again. Tracks like ‘Galway Girl’ and ‘Shape of You’ have dominated the charts and playlists of all radio stations worldwide. While his bank account is ballooning, Sheeran’s head is not. Within all the fame and the struggle, Ed has remained the same humble English boy we all fell in love with. Divide has become the culmination of years spent in the limelight and a year away from all technology and communication (he actually threw away his phone for an entire year). With the border crossing songs and themes, Sheeran has declared himself a forerunner for the 2017 Grammy’s.

  • Movie – Mod Sun

For those of you who have not heard of the musician/writer/artist or overall happy guy, Mod Sun is someone to be contested. His new album, Movie, has integrated storytelling, boom bap beats, and most of all, an expression of who he truly is. Mod is a happy go lucky guy with a repertoire of incredible work. He published his two books and instantly became famous. His new work doesn’t hide his insecurities or shine a light on his bravado. The entire album is a piece of art and it is worth a listen…or three.

Stay tuned for our next album review on Blackbear, The Underachievers, and Post Malone.

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If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On.

If music be the food of love, play on. – William Shakespeare

In today’s day and age, there has been a rapid succession in society. More specifically, American democracy. Individuals in power sign documents to weed away the art programs and cultural expressions of the self. This isn’t another blog. This is a fight for what is right. This is a proclamation that although those in power can try to destroy creation, destruction is only a form of flattery. Art provides an escape; an expression; a lifestyle. It has been the one constant throughout humankind. We are here to protest the best way we know how: with art. Follow us on our social media and we will continue to post regularly to ensure the people have a place to speak.

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