Tinashe + Travi$ Scott x Vulnerable.
On Dec. 10 rapper Donald Glover, a.k.a. Childish Gambino, will release his brand new sophomore album Because the Internet.
Dearest Ellie Goulding, when you come to Atlanta on your upcoming tour can you please perform your cover of “Tessellate?”
January x Disclosure f/Jamie Woon.
Tour info here.
.::Travis Garland, 11.16.2013::.
The songs from the R+B tinged debut album from singer Travis Garland have been on repeat for the last couple of weeks in playlists I’ve created. He got his start a couple of years ago in the band NLT; however, lately he’s been gaining a following on YouTube from videos that showcase his amazing voice + mixtape releases. He’s covered everyone from Taylor Swift to Miguel, reworking the songs making them all his own. For the past couple of months, Garland has been touring in support of his LP + (thankfully) made a stop at Atlanta’s Masquerade.
The mood of the album is one that ranges from atmospheric to upbeat. It’s filled with songs that encourage you to head to the dance floor to those that make you want to get close with that special someone. As I surveyed the crowd, one could deduce that there were many ladies that wanted Garland to be that special someone judging by the volume of the screams.
One aspect of the show that was a pleasant surprise was his band. You can always tell the really great bands by how well they groove with each other, feeding off of each other’s talents to make a complete sound. It was a great compliment to Garland’s voice. They remade songs, mixing in current hits as well as classics. There was Miguel’s “Adorn” that paired well with a reggae-influenced cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing.” There was also the male take on Ciara’s “Body Party” that we all enjoyed. Of course, there were the cuts from the album that I came to see including “Clouds,” “You Made Your Bed (So Lay In It),” + my favorite song “Motel Pool.” Garland also showed us that he’s not afraid to take risks as he jumped on a speaker to serenade the crowd. It seems to be the common thread in the story for an artist that hasn’t been afraid to do whatever it takes to bring his music to fans throughout the past couple of years.
Earlier this year, Elvis Costello and the Roots set the bar for cool ridiculously high with their collaborative album Wise Up Ghost. (via Elvis Costello and the Roots Announce a Remix EP | Under the Radar - Music Magazine)
Touring behind the success of the now platinum-selling Nothing Was The Same, Drake is embarking upon a cross-country jaunt that features appearances in stadiums. The thing that resonates with so many (+ stirs up so much debate) is his unapologetic display of emotion in his music. Whether it’s grandiose bravado or painful longing, you can’t say that you’re unsure of where he stands on a topic. Not bad for a Canadian rapper/singer that built a buzz so big that he had multiple record labels warring for him four years ago.
Upstart R+B project + recent OVO signee PARTYNEXTDOOR performed a short, but great set featuring music that we got a short glimpse of during the June release of “Over Here.” Next, Atlanta based rapper/singer Future came out to a jubilant hometown crowd. From “Racks” to “Same Damn Time” everyone was one with the power of the turn up. R+B crooner Miguel then came out + put on quite the passionate performance for the crowd. I was impressed with his band as they offered remixes + new intros to songs (i.e. mixing “Swimming Pools (Drank)” into “How Many Drinks?”). He performed hits such as the earlier breakout “All I Want Is You” + smash “Adorn.”
As Philips Arena went black around 10:30 p.m, the screams + camera phones came on simultaneously. The stage was simple, a circular base unit with another halo right above it accompanied by a large screen that would change according to the theme + mood of a given song. “Tuscan Leather,” the defiant opener to NWTS, immediately sent the message that if you were sleepy, this was your Red Bull. From there, we went everywhere + back within the vault of Drake’s music, including the majority of his latest release. He also welcomed special guests to the stage. Singer Jhene Aiko joined in for (my jam) “Come Thru” + “From Time” as well as Future during an intermission. Let us also never forget the very special guest, (+ good sport) Wanda Kelly, that received a remixed serenade from Drake during “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” There was an interlude section that literally made you shake your head at the amount of hits Drake’s been featured on. He performed his verses from “Fuckin’ Problems,” “Versace,” + “Pop That” among others.
During “305 To My City,” Drake decided to get up close + personal with fans through a levitating second stage that extended the length of the arena. Here is where the copious, individualized shoutouts began. There were the big ups to those that came with Canadian flags in tow, the groups in the luxury boxes, + countless other distinct trademarks that stood out to Drake. Needless to say, we all felt the love. He closed the production with “All Me” + “Started from The Bottom.” During the latter, a short film played in the background with clips that ranged from him as a little boy doing the iconic dance at the start of the “HYFR” video to the beginning of his ascent with glimpses of the early, intimate shows in Houston + NYC back in 2009. My favorite part included Drake paying homage to his Degrassi days with an extended shot of Jimmy + Spinner smiling from ear to ear (insert tears of joy). Started from the bottom indeed.
yes. yes. yes.