As YG’s DJ took the stage and began spinning tracks to pump up the crowd, you could sense the excitement in the air. Coming off a year of much acclaim, the Los Angeles rapper descended onto Silver Spring to perform some of his biggest hits – and that’s exactly what he did. Wearing his signature red “Bompton” fitted cap, and riding a modified BMX bike, YG entertained the crowd with his brash style and heavily synthesized beats harkening to the heyday of E-40 and Too $hort. Continue reading “BestCoast Connection Tour Review – by Max Blackman”
This Sunday, A$AP Ferg and YG will be descending onto The Fillmore for their BestCoast Connection Tour. This will be the third stop of their East Coast tour, as the pair looks to bring an energetic show to the area. Ferg released his mixtape Ferg Forever at the end of November and it was very well received. The DJ Drama-hosted tape recently surpassed 250,000 downloads from its host site, Datpiff.com. On Dec 15th, YG released his second album Blame It On The Streets. With hits like the title track “Blame It On The Streets” and “Bicken Back Being Bool” the new album is rising in popularity.
Ferg definitely knows how to put on a show. His past performance in the DC area, in Dec 2013 was insane – with songs like “Work” and “Shabba” bringing the house down. After the release of this new mixtape, I’m sure “Fergsomnia,” “Jungle” and “This Side” will be just as intense. YG’s West Coast feel will definitely be high-energy as well, and seeing the two on-stage together will be a unique experience. If you’re a fan of hard bass party rap with an edgy feel, then this is where you should be Sunday night. YG and A$AP Ferg will be sure to bring a great show to The Fillmore that will be one to remember.
It’s January 5th and we here at the WRGW Music Department are just a little bit sick of the cyclical year-end lists penned by **in-touch** music writers and tastemakers who continually peddle the same albums over and over again, with more regard for controversy (Mark Kozelek shout out) than actual substance. Let’s face it – music journalism kinda sucks. The top blogs and sites are essentially celebrity gossip forums, with occasional big words and nice pictures thrown in. The promotions companies are no better, as the wealthier bands get press and talented, hardworking ones are left in the dust. Still, rant aside, 2014 was a damn fine year in music. The mega releases of 2013 slowed down enough to allow break out artists, like Ex Hex, Ty Segall, Angel Olsen (the list goes on) to break into new territory and release exceptional, career-defining albums. The future is ripe, and there has never been a better time to be a music fan with a pair of headphones and an internet connection.
Instead of laying out the “best” albums of last year, our three assistant music directors, our music promotions director and I share below the top three artists/bands that we’re genuinely excited about in 2015. This is by no means an objective or comprehensive list; those things do not exist in music journalism. Read, listen, and watch before they get drowned out by the next Kanye single, or another War on Drugs album. Regular blog content and programming will continue starting the week of January 19th – until then, indulge our egos and maybe find your next favorite band.
Last Saturday I had the pleasure of catching Philly native and bedroom pop extraordinaire Alex G in Brooklyn with a whole bunch of great bands, courtesy of a day long festival put on by Exploding in Sound Records and Impose Magazine. Playing near the end of the day, Alex burned through a 30 minute set with enough raw and visceral energy to impress America’s hippest and harshest critics, while still delivering his simple, thoughtful, blend of indie rock. Continue reading “Shows We’re Stoked For: Alex G, Elvis Depressedly, Teen Suicide + MORE @ All Saints Church – 7/19”
Going to shows at The Black Cat backstage in the middle of June is a commitment; what you sacrifice in sweat and personal space, you usually make up for with kick ass lineups and dedicated fans. Tomorrow’s bill, featuring the Atlanta bluesy psych band Gringo Star and the seemingly omnipresent, constantly touring NYC band Ski Lodge is no exception, and will no doubt deliver just the right amount of grit and perspiration every good summer concert needs. Continue reading “Shows We’re Stoked For: Gringo Star @ The Black Cat 6/18”