Chance is officially in album mode. After announcing that he’ll be releasing his debut this July, he took to Instagram …
Chicago hip-hop artist and producer Supa Bwe (pronounced “Supa Boy”) gets a lot of love in his hometown, including from media outlets like the Chicago Reader and local hip-hop hub Fake Shore Drive. One of the stated reasons for all that acclaim is that Bwe brought a pop-punk influence to rap … More »
After months of anticipation, Woodstock 50 organizers have at last shared the full lineup for the festival’s half century anniversary. John Fogerty, Santana, Country Joe McDonald, Canned Heat and Hot Tuna, and John Sebastian, who all appeared at the 1969 event will perform at Woodstock 50, in homage to the festival’s original lineup. The Grateful Dead, who also graced Woodstock’s 1969 lineup, will take the stage at Woodstock 50 as Dead & Company with John Mayer.
The three-day lineup is an eclectic amalgamation of 1969 artists and comparatively more recent acts. The Killers, Halsey, JAY-Z, Black Keys, Chance The Rapper, Miley Cyrus, Cage the Elephant, Miley Cyrus, Janelle Monae, Earl Sweatshirt, and Brandi Carlile illustrate the genre-canvassing character of Woodstock 50’s sprawling roster of talent.
“Woodstock ’94 was a nice mix of young and old and that’s kind of what we’re going for here,” festival organizer Michael Lang told Rolling Stone. Woodstock 50 will take place from August 16-18 at Watkins Glen, New York. Tickets for the landmark anniversary event will go on sale April 22. More information about tickets can be found on Woodstock 50’s official website.
Five years in electronic music can often feel more like fifteen. The breakneck pace by which our culture moves, develops, and evolves these days makes a half decade gap feel more like a lifetime for Skrillex fans celebrating the five year anniversary of Recess today (March 18). The album’s release date is often contested, as the LP arrived in perfectly quintessential Skrillex fashion—leaked early through a cell phone app posing as an intergalactic video game. No matter how or when the record arrived, it undoubtedly changed the electronic landscape and set Skrillex on a crash course for pop super stardom.
Sonny Moore’s debut LP under the Skrillex moniker came well after he had already established his Grammy Award-winning sound, though the album is really what planted Moore’s flag as an electronic trailblazer that was here to stay. The record was a carefree electronic thrill ride that featured a budding Chance The Rapper, a preview taste of the oncoming k-pop tidal wave with G-Dragon, CL, and Diplo, and a healthy dose of heavy dub appeal from the Ragga Twins. Infectiously aggressive yet in touch with its dance-friendly roots, Recess culminated in what many still believe Skrillex’s finest body of work to date.
In the years since Skrillex’s debut studio LP, his list of credentials has outgrown the confines of electronic dance music in remarkable ways. He’s gone on to produce for the world’s greatest pop stars, from Justin Bieber to Mariah Carey. He’s tackled movie soundtracks, linked with rappers, produced an entire joint album with Diplo, and grown OWSLA into one of the country’s premier electronic imprints.
Now, after a much-deserved year off for his 30th, Skrillex is starting to push the pedal to the floor once again in 2019, and though he’s coyly dismissed rumors of a sophomore album recently, something about this year feels like a full circle return for Sonny Moore. Whether its a full fledged follow up to Recess or not, a trove of new Skrillex music seems like it’s ready to be heard by the world. In the meantime, revisit his beloved debut LP below.
Tucked near the end of Maren Morris’ new album GIRL is a lovely little tune called “The Bones.” Like many Morris songs, it’s not about the art of songwriting but could just as easily be an allegory for her expertise in that area. In “The Bones,” a busted old house that has weathered the elements … More »
Woodstock will be returning this summer to Watkins Glen, New York for its 50th anniversary, and with the announcement of the legendary music festival’s return has come heightened speculation surrounding which artists will be performing at Woodstock’s legendary return. Twitter account @TheFestiveOwl initially confirmed the festival’s return after speaking to the CEO of INVNT, one of the partner promoters of the event. Now the account has made some bold claims about potential talent lined up for the anniversary event.
#Woodstock 50 — @MileyCyrus, JAY Z, @TheBlackKeys and @Halsey will join @TheKillers, @ChanceTheRapper, @ImagineDragons, @DeadAndCompany + more in Watkins Glen for the anniversary celebration. pic.twitter.com/YVMpijKfHs
— Festive Owl (@TheFestiveOwl) March 6, 2019
The Twitter account has begun trickling out speculative information on who might be performing, naming artists like Miley Cyrus, Jay Z, The Black Keys, Halsey, The Killers, Chance The Rapper, Imagine Dragons, and Dead and Company. The Twitter account later deemed that headliner guarantees ranged between $1-3 million per act based on the estimated festival attendance of 125,000 per day.
Headliner guarantees, which range between $1-3m+ per act based on estimated festival attendance of 125k per day, have been deposited. https://t.co/UJygbpUq5q
— Festive Owl (@TheFestiveOwl) March 6, 2019
Now, despite no official confirmation on the lineup yet, Variety is substantiating most of this information, as the final lineup is expected to land in full soon. In a statement issued on March 4, Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang said,
“There’s always been lots of rumors around Woodstock. We have excellent partners and an incredible talent lineup of over 80 artists which will be announced within the next couple of weeks. We’re preparing a once in a lifetime event.”
Information about the festival and tickets are available on Woodstock.com.
Jamal Knox is currently embroiled in Jamal Knox v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a Supreme Court case revolving around “terroristic threats” in his rap lyrics, according to the New York Times. In 2014, when the rapper was 19, he was sentenced to 2-6 years in prison. Prosecutors alleged his lyrics were specifically … More »
Are you excited to see Imagine Dragons at Woodstock or what? Billboard reports that they will be among the artists on the lineup for Woodstock 50, the official three-day 50th anniversary festival thrown by original Woodstock producer Michael Lang in Watkins Glen, New York. More »
2 Chainz first announced his new album Rap Or Go To The League, the follow-up to 2017’s Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, over a year ago. He did it in grand 2 Chainz fashion, by riding around in a giant blimp with the album title painted on it. Since then, he … More »
Last night, Chance the Rapper (the rapper) took to his Instagram to post a video, as you do (when you’re not rapping). In it, he reflected on some things. The four year anniversary of his OpenMike program at SocialWorks Chicago, his upcoming marriage, the new album he’s releasing in July, political efforts in Chicago. Wait… WHAAA!?!?
That’s right, Chance the Rapper just casually announced that he has a new album coming out in July!
There’s no further mention of a tracklisting, or a firm release date. All we really know is that this album is the follow-up to Coloring Book, that July is the month it will be released in, and that, all things considered, Chance will probably have to start cranking out some “4” hats ASAP.
And while it would be nice to know if any of the six singles Chance released in 2018 are included, or if the album will be more of a Cancer or a Leo, or hell, if this album is the album Chance was allegedly making with Kanye, knowing that the album exists at all somehow feels like enough.
So, July. Mark it down, don’t make any vacation plans, and refrain from achieving personal milestones. You’re going to want that whole month blocked off. It’s the only way you can truly be ready the moment Chance decides that any particular second of July is the time to release his new album, which again — in case you skimmed to the end looking for the release date even though it’s also in the title — is out in July.