Not Just A Mic And A DJ: Aubrey & The Three Amigos Tour Shows How Having a Great Set Production Can Elevate A Show

 

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After some delays, Drake finally launched his Aubrey and The Three Amigos tour. I bought tickets before the release of Scorpion, and was a bit apprehensive about the show because I hadn’t really connected to Scorpion yet.  But I have realized a live performance can make you feel differently about an album, so I was open to anything.

Migos opened the show and their set reminded me Jay Z and Kanye’s Watch The Throne tour. They had a cube in the middle that plays images and videos like on the Watch The Throne tour. But instead of being able to stand on top of it, the DJ was inside it. Instead, Migos walked the stage and climbed on small pillars that were also screens.  Even though I guess they were the opening act because they went first, they played a full set which lasted about an hour, that featured songs from their mix tapes and albums.

Drake came out next. The stage, which was at the center and the audience surrounding the entire stage, was like a big iPad. It could change into anything, at some point it was lava, the eye of a storm, a beach, or a big Instagram feed during “In My Feelings.” Sometimes it even lit up wherever Drake walked. A net-like screen also came down over the stage to create the feeling of a rain storm and also showed videos of Drake. This high production added a unique element to the show; it wasn’t your standard Dj and mic rap concert.

While the tour is suppose to support Scorpion, he plays songs throughout his catalog, even doing a medley of hits that spanned Thank Me Later to Scorpion after acknowledging he has been in the game for about 10 years.

During the middle of the show, there is a basketball contest where an audience member has a celebrity take shots for them to win money. The night I went was a Pistons player.

My critiques of the show are minor. Drake introduced one segment of the show as A Side, but never mentioned B Side. He also didn’t complete every song he sang, and I wish he performed more songs in their entirety.

Overall this was one of the best Drake shows I’ve seen. He even went over his allotted time because he said his stage was set up late and he wanted to give us the whole show. His speech at then end saying how appreciative he is of all his fans and his smile throughout the show was genuine and touching. Definitely looking forward to his upcoming productions and have a new love for Scorpion.

You can see the setlist from the show here.

 

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Aubrey & The Three Amigos Live! Setlist and Playlist

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After a few delays and cancelations, Drake and Migos kicked off their tour. This is the setlist from the opening show which should stay pretty consistent throughout the tour. Migos performs a set at the beginning of the show. Migos also comes during the middle of the show and performs six songs. As you can see by the songs, the tour leans heavy on the Scorpion album.  Is your favorite song being performed?

Migos’ Opening Set

Hannah Montana
Handsome and Wealthy
Pipe It Up
Freak No More
Fight Night
Get Right Witcha
Slippery
Deadz
Kelly Price
Ice Tray
Ric Flair Drip
I Get the Bag
APESHIT
Bad and Boujee
Narcos
MotorSport
T-Shirt
BBO (Bad Bitches Only)

Drake’s Set

8 Out of 10
Talk Up
Mob Ties
Started From the Bottom
Jumpman
Both
Know Yourself
Emotionless
Elevate
Can’t Take a Joke
Energy
Yes Indeed
Free Smoke
Trophies
Gyalchester
Pop Style
Over
Headlines
HYFR (Hell Ya Fucking Right)
All Me
For Free / The Motto / My Way (Remix)
Walk It Talk It
Versace
Hot Summer
Workin’ Me
Drip
Stir Fry
Blue Tint
That’s How You Feel
Don’t Matter to Me
Rock With You
After Dark
Jaded
Controlla
Work
One Dance
Hotline Bling
Fake Love
Nice for What
In My Feelings
Look Alive
Nonstop
I’m Upset
Over My Dead Body (background music only during a throwback video of Drake)
God’s Plan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Songs Performed at Lollapalooza 2018

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Lolla was crazy this year, and the hottest one I’ve been to so far. The heat in the high 90s really did get to me, so I didn’t watch as many shows as I used to, but the ones I saw were some of the beststhat I have seen at festivals.My only regret is that the heat got to me and I missed a lot of the acts that I wanted to see Saturday, including Daniel Caesar and Carly Rae Jepsen, but it is always important to put your health first at festivals, no matter what.

Below are the best songs that I saw performed for each set that I saw.

Thursday

Jaden Smith-“Batman”

Jaden’s set was short, about 25 minutes, and he performed “Icon” twice. Despite its brevity, the highlight of the set was him performing “Batman.”  The dark knight himself matches Jaden’s personality and the theme of his album Syre.

Khalid-“Love Lies”

Khalid brought out two surprised guests during his performances, Alina Baraz to perform “Electric” and Normani to perform “Love Lies.” Normani and Khalid have great chemistry, and it is awesome to see Normani perform as a solo artist.

Camila Cabello-“Into It”

This is the sexist song on Camila’s debut, and Camila made it fun in flirty by adding Prince’s “Kiss” in the middle of the song.

Travis Scott-“goosebumps”

During the performances, a fan fought his way on stage and Travis told secrurity to let him go. He then proposed to his girlfriend, with a ring and everything! It was the cutest thing ever, and the DJ said the most approriate song to perform after was “goosebumps.” Such a memorable moment and I defintely think about it every time I hear this song now.

Friday

Bebe Rexha-“The Monster”

Bebe Rexha wrote this song that eventually became the hook for Eminem and Rihanna’s. It was cool to see her take on her own song.

Alina Baraz-“I Don’t Even Know Why Though”

This is my favorite song from The Color of You. Its such a fun song, and you cold see her and her dancers were having a great time performing it.

Bruno Mars-“Finesse”

I can’t lie, every song that Bruno performed was amazing. But he opened up with “Finesse” which kicked off the high energy that the show had.

Saturday

Dua Lipa-“Be The One”

Dua Lipa is known for “New Rules” but I think she really kicked up the pace of the show with “Be The One.”

The Weeknd-“Often”

This song just goes so hard, especially live. Saying “often” so often in the middle of Chicago is just way too much fun.

Sunday

Jessie Reyez-“Hard To Love”

Many people don’t know that Jessie Reyez is behind some of Calvin Harris’ biggest songs, including his current single “One Kiss” with Dua Lipa. This is Reyez’s solo song on Calvin Harris’ last album and think its a great fit to show her honesty and vulnerability.

Sabrina Claudio-“Tell Me”

Sabrina has a video of her performing this song acoustically on her YouTube and it remains to be her best live song.

F.Y.E. Autograph Tent Schedule for Lollapalooza 2018

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I love a good autograph session! Anyone you want to check out? I want to see Dua Lipa. Check out the schedule below.

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Lollapalooza Releases 2018 Merchandise Collections

Gearing up for July 31 opening of their pop up store and the August 2 launch of the fest, Lollapalooza released its 2018 merchandise collections.

Teaming up with new sponsor, American Eagle, Lolla and AE released a capsule collection including a lot of denim, including a jacket and fanny pack.

Brands that are making repeat appearances this year include Major League and Camp Collection. Lolla really throws it back with t-shirts with vintage poster art. And of course there is the Lolla Feels Collection with cool graphics.

I’m super excited for the American Eagle Collection and am peeping that jean jacket. You can pre-order some of the items to pick up at the fest here. The pop up store is located at 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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My Picks for The 2018 VMA’s

MTV announced the VMA nominees for 2018. While Cardi B and and The Carters were top nominees, Childish Gambino “This Is America” was one of my top picks, even getting my vote for video of the year. Another standout to me was Drake’s “God’s Plan.”

Some categories I didn’t vote for because I honestly didn’t see the videos, or I didn’t feel super knowledgeable about the category (such as best editing).

The VMA’s always has noteworthy moments, and hopefully this year will be no different. Check out my choices below.

Video of the Year:

Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
Bruno Mars – “Finesse (Remix)” [ft. Cardi B]
Camila Cabello – “Havana” [ft. Young Thug]
The Carters – “APES**T”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Drake – “God’s Plan”

Artist of the Year:

Ariana Grande
Bruno Mars
Camila Cabello
Cardi B
Drake
Post Malone

Song of the Year:

Bruno Mars – “Finesse (Remix)” [ft. Cardi B]
Camila Cabello – “Havana” [ft. Young Thug]
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Dua Lipa – “New Rules”
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
Post Malone – “rockstar” [ft. 21 Savage]

Best New Artist:

Bazzi
Cardi B
Chloe x Halle
Hayley Kiyoko
Lil Pump
Lil Uzi Vert

Best Collaboration:

Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be”
Bruno Mars – “Finesse (Remix)” [ft. Cardi B]
The Carters – “APES**T”
Jennifer Lopez – “Dinero” [ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B]
Logic – “1-800-273-8255” [ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid]
N.E.R.D – “Lemon” [ft. Rihanna]

Best Pop Video:

Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
Camila Cabello – “Havana” [ft. Young Thug]
Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry”
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
P!nk – “What About Us”
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”

Best Hip Hop Video:

Cardi B – “Bartier Cardi” [ft. 21 Savage]
The Carters – “APES**T”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
J. Cole – “ATM”
Migos – “Walk It Talk It” [ft. Drake]
Nicki Minaj – “Chun-Li”

Best Dance Video:

Avicii – “Lonely Together” [ft. Rita Ora]
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”
The Chainsmokers – “Everybody Hates Me”
David Guetta & Sia – “Flames”
Marshmello – “Silence” [ft. Khalid]
Zedd & Liam Payne – “Get Low (Street Video)”

Best Latin Video:

Daddy Yankee – “Dura”
J Balvin – “Mi Gente” [ft. Willy William]
Jennifer Lopez – “Dinero” [ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B]
Luis Fonsi – “Échame La Culpa” [ft. Demi Lovato]
Maluma – “Felices los 4”
Shakira – “Chantaje” [ft. Maluma]

Best Rock Video:

Fall Out Boy – “Champion”
Foo Fighters – “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”
Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”
Linkin Park – “One More Light”
Panic! at the Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”
Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Walk On Water”

Video With a Message:

Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Dej Loaf and Leon Bridges – “Liberated”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Janelle Monáe – “PYNK”
Jessie Reyez – “Gatekeeper”
Logic – “1-800-273-8255” [ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid]

Best Cinematography:

Alessia Cara – “Growing Pains”
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
The Carters – “APES**T”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Eminem – “River” [ft. Ed Sheeran]
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”

Best Direction:

The Carters – “APES**T”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
Justin Timberlake – “Say Something” [ft. Chris Stapleton]
Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”

Best Art Direction:

The Carters – “APES**T”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
J. Cole – “ATM”
Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel”
SZA – “The Weekend”
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”

Best Visual Effects:

Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together”
Eminem – “Walk On Water” [ft. Beyoncé]
Kendrick Lamar & SZA – “All The Stars”
Maroon 5 – “Wait”
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”

Best Choreography:

Bruno Mars – “Finesse (Remix)” [ft. Cardi B]
Camila Cabello – “Havana” [ft. Young Thug]
The Carters – “APES**T”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Dua Lipa – “IDGAF”
Justin Timberlake – “Filthy”

Best Editing:

Bruno Mars – “Finesse (Remix)” [ft. Cardi B]
The Carters – “APES**T”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel”
N.E.R.D – “Lemon” [ft. Rihanna]
Taylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do”

Push Artist of the Year:

July 2018 – Chloe x Halle
June 2018 – Sigrid
May 2018 – Lil Xan
April 2018 – Hayley Kiyoko
March 2018 – Jessie Reyez
February 2018 – Tee Grizzley
January 2018 – Bishop Briggs
December 2017 – Grace VanderWaal
November 2017 – Why Don’t We
October 2017 – PRETTYMUCH
September 2017 – SZA
August 2017 – Kacy Hill
July 2017 – Khalid
June 2017 – Kyle
May 2017 – Noah Cyrus

The Weeknd Releases My Dear Melancholy, Merchandise For A Limited time

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Following the March release of The Weeknd’s surprise EP, My Dear Melancholy, the Weeknd has released a limited edition merch collection for My Dear Melancholy, available only for this weekend. The collection features five different t-shirts, including the above rust color XO logo shirt. The two “oversized” fit shirts are $32 and the three regular fit shirts are $28. You can also get a digital download for the album and the album cover t-shirt for $32.

Shop this collection while you can here.

North Coast Music Festival Announces Its 2018 Line Up

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Summer officially closes out with North Coast’s Labor Day Weekend festival. This weekend includes a mix of R&B, rap and EDM. I’m most excited about Miguel, dvsn and Cashmere Cat. Miguel is of course a big get for a festival, and I think is a great live performer. I feel like both dvsn and Cashmere Cat are underrated and I would love to see them live.

Get tickets to the festival here.

Top 5: Alessia Cara: Know-It-All

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Alessia Cara is starting the next chapter of her career with “Growing Pains,” but it is important to reflect on where she has been with her debut album, Know-It-All.  Here are my Top 5 for the album below.

“Here”

Her debut single has the moody R&B feel that I wish the album had more of. It solidified Cara as the “anti-social pessimist” underdog which we all feel like inside.

“I’m Yours”

Cara can’t be negative, no matter how hard she tries, when she’s falling in love. I love how in the song, she still tried to keep an attitude, but despite her best efforts, keeps falling. An interesting take on a love song.

“Four Pink Walls”

The only song Cara wrote by herself on her debut album, “Four Pink Walls” in actually the strongest song lyrically, showing off Alessia’s potential. It definitely is an anthem for anyone that had a dream that seemed unreachable.

“Wild Things”

Know-It-All seems to be the soundtrack to the underdogs, but in this song highlights that you aren’t alone. I love the “yayayaya” chant in the background.

“River Of Tears”

The amount of pain, vulnerability and frustration that Alessia Cara shows on the song is great. With just a piano, her voice and emotions, Cara showed that she didn’t need a lot of background noise to get her message across.

Check out the entire album below.