"How About Now" by Drake
Leaked track off of “Views From The 6”
Two Weeks x FKA Twigs (Jarreau Vandal Cover/Remix)
Ben Howard’s heading to the States for a North American tour, y’all! More info here.
Getting to see OutKast live twice in 2014? Yes please…these next two days need to hurry up.
Photo by Jovan Julien
W.A.Y.S. x Jhene Aiko
Tinashe x Vulnerable (Sango Remix)
Drowning x BANKS
Can’t wait until Music Midtown starts Friday!
.::Ed Sheeran, 9.12.14::.
My, how things have changed for Ed Sheeran. When I first saw the British singer/songwriter live in September 2012, he was playing for an intimate crowd of about 1,000. Fast-forward two years + suddenly I was in a crowd of at least 10,000 screaming, slightly insane fans. To give you context, the girl in front of me periodically would exclaim “Jesus!” while pointing in Sheeran’s directon throughout the show as her friend would then ask her to calm down. Thankfully, her (mildly blasphemous) outbursts would subside, but that’s just one example of how Sheeran has become one of music’s most popular acts today. It’s been amazing to see his trajectory, especially since he’s an artist who’s become incredibly successful without sacrificing his musical vision to create his own distinct sound. I’d venture to say his career to-do list has probably shrunk substantially as he’s now playing arenas + been in the studio with the likes of Pharrell, Rick Rubin + The Game.
Touring to support his sophomore effort, x, the album had Sheeran’s characteristic reflective acoustic feel but also saw more overt R+B + hip-hop overtones with tracks like “Thinking Out Loud,” “Bloodstream,” + “Don’t.” Each time the lights would intermittently dim, piercing screams would suddenly ring out until they became overwhelming as we waited for him to open the show. Each time I see him live, I keep expecting to see Sheeran come to the stage with a band in tow, but that’s just another reason why his talent is so obvious. All he needs is his loop pedal, guitars, + his mics to command crowds of thousands…so basically, he’s magic. He opened with “I’m A Mess” that utilized the amazing build up effect that his loop pedal helps him create when the end of the song approaches. In addition, it wouldn’t be an Ed Sheeran show if he didn’t throw in some covers, even if only briefly. “Don’t” had short appearances from “Loyal” + “No Diggity.” “Runaway” featured an interlude from Backstreet Boys’ “Backstreet’s Back (Alright).” The set featured throwbacks including (of course) “Lego House,” “Drunk” + (my personal favorite) “Give Me Love.”
During previous tours, Sheeran had asked us to stay silent during “Small Bump” but this leg he chose to request that treatment for “Afire Love.” It makes complete sense as these songs demand that you absorb the emotion behind them, heightening the experience. He asked for absolute silence + miraculously…it happened. Stripped down, the song took on a completely different, arresting sound especially during the ending section of the track. His encore included the instant feel good anthem “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You,” followed by his smash hits “The A Team” + “Sing.” As he approached the end of “Sing,” we all kept going with the chorus until he left the stage with a huge smile on his face.