Pitchfork Festival announces 2017 headliners with artist painting mural on Facebook Live


With music festival season quickly approaching (Coachella is only about a month and a half away), decided to announce its lineup in a mix media way: street art plus streaming. On Facebook Live, artist Shelby Rodeffer painted a mural for the 2017 that included the headliners, which were revealed for the first time.

The painting of the mural, minus the backdrop, took about two hours, but people had their guesses midway through. It was finally announced that  LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest and Solange will be this year headliners.

There are several reasons this is exciting: we get a Knowles performing this festival season, A Tribe Called Quest can continue what they did during their Grammy performance and its basically solidifies Chance at having another Magnificent Coloring Day or performing at Lollapalooza.Its pretty obvious that Chance will be performing in Chicago this summer, and with him not a headliner at Pitchfork, it more or less leaves those two options.

I’m not familiar with LCD Soundsystem and I’m excited about the other two performers. I’m really excited to see who else in on the lineup though. I went to Pitchfork last year and was introduced to so much new music I’m excited for what is in store.

Pitchfork tickets are already on sell here, and have been since about December. Compared to other festivals, $175 is not a terrible price for a three day festival.



Beyoncé No Longer Performing at Coachella


After weeks of speculation, Coachella has made the official announcement: Beyoncé will not be headlining the festival any longer.

Coachella made the official announcement on their Facebook page.


Some thought after her Grammy performance that she might still do the festival, but this isn’t surprising to me at all. Being pregnant with twins and the heat of Coachella, it just didn’t seem feasible. It is interesting that she is already locked in for 2018 though. By then, Lemonade will be two years old. Perhaps she will have newer music by then.

J. Cole announces 4 Your Eyez Only World Tour


J. Cole has announced the dates for his world tour supporting his latest album “4 Yourz Eyez Only.” This time around he is playing stadium shows, including Barclay Center in Brooklyn, United Center in Chicago and The Palace in Detroit. With all his albums debuting at number one, “2014 Forrest Hill Drive” going double platinum with no features and his HBO special, its not surprise that he is playing arena shows now.

Below are dates for the show. Many tickets are on sell now here.

June 1 — Columbia, SC @ The Music Farm
June 2 — Jacksonville, FL @ Maverick’s
June 3 — Tallahassee, FL @ Potbelly’s
June 5 — Jackson, MS @ Hal and Mal’s
June 6 — Birmingham, AL @ Avondale
June 7 — Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theatre
June 9 — Little Rock, AR @ Metroplex
June 11 — Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
June 13 — St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
June 14 — Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
June 15 — Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
June 17 — Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
June 18 — Greensboro, NC @ Cone Denim Entertainment Center
July 6 — Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
Juyl 8 —  Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
July 9 — Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
July 11 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
July 15 — Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
July 17 — Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
July 18 — Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
July 21 — St, Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
July 23 — Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 24 — Chicago, IL @ United Center
July 28 — Toronto, ON  @ Air Canada Centre
Aug 1 — Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
Aug 4 — Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Aug 5 — Uniondale, NY @ The New Coliseum Presented by NYCB
Aug 6 — Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
Aug 8 — Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
Aug 9 — Charlotte, MC @ Spectrum Center
Aug 11 — Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena
Aug 14 — Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
Aug 16 — Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
Aug 18 — Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Aug 19 — Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
Aug 20 — Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Sept 29 — Copenhagen, Denmark @ Tap1
Sept 30 — Oslo, Norway @ Spektrum
Oct 1 — Stockholm, Sweden @ Annexet
Oct 3 — Cologne, Germany @ Palladium
Oct 5 — Amsterdam, Holland @ Ziggo Dome
Oct 6 — Berlin, Germany @ Columbiahalle
Oct 7 — Offenbach, Germany @ Stadthalle Offenbach
Oct 9 — Zurich, Switzerland @ Samsung Hall
Oct 10 — Paris, France @ Le Zénith Paris- La Villette
Oct 12 — Nottingham, UK @ Motorpoint Arena
Oct 14 — Birmingham, UK @ Barclaycard Arena
Oct 15 — London, UK @ The O2 Arena
Oct 18 — Dubin, Ireland @ 3Arena
Oct 20 — Cardiff, UK @ Motorpoint Arena
Oct 21 — Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena
Oct 22 — Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena
Dec 1 — Auckland, New Zealand @ Vector Arena
Dec 2 — Brisbane, Australia @ Riverstage
Dec 5 — Sydney, Australia  @  Hordern Pavillion
Dec 6 — Melbourne, Australia @ Margaret Court Arena
Dec 9 — Perth, Australia @ HBF Stadium

After Grammy wins, Chance The Rapper announces Spring 2017 tour

On Sunday, Chance The Rapper made Grammy history with his win for Best Rap Album with Coloring Book, being the first album that was only available for streaming to win a Grammy. He also won best New Artist and Best Rap Performance for”No Problem.”

After the historic win, he announced a Spring tour, with dates from April to June, and also an October date in Los Angeles.

Notably missing is Chance’s hometown, Chicago. While this might be surprising, Chance’s last two tour initially didn’t include Chicago dates.  He eventually did a show at Reaction;s New Years Eve 2015 and then had Magnificent Coloring Day in 2016.

My guess is that he is going to have another Magnificent Coloring Day this summer and/or he will be headlining Lollapalooza, which is in Chicago.  Chance isn’t just going to have some casual show in his hometown, it is going to be a big event.

Check out the confirmed tour dates below and his Grammy performance of “How Great/All We Got”


“Where the bangers at?” The issue with quick Twitter responses to new albums

Pigeons and Planes put out a video that shows the inner fight of listening to new music in the social media age.

We’ve all seen this on Twitter, when an album drops or leaks, people are quick to respond that its either garbage or a classic, before they have time to live with it, or even listen to the complete album. These quick opinions have definitely made me biased when listening to an album, and even a bit arrogant when I like a album that is being trashed on social media. As Evil Jinx says “they’re sheep…they aren’t smart enough to get it.”

There are plenty of albums that after a first listen I have one opinion and some time later, after its been integrated into my life a bit, I have a different opinion about it. For instance, last year, I wasn’t really a big fan of Rhianna’s “Anti” the first time I listened to it. After all the hype building up to it, I was a bit disappointed, and only really liked the single “Work.” But a few months later, a friend was playing the album, and I had a new perspective on it. Songs grew on me that I didn’t expect. For instance, “Close To You,” which can’t be described as a “banger” is such a beautiful, heartbreaking song.

I feel like you need to really sit with an album before you can give a definite response to it. I believe if you aren’t willing to listen to it three months after it was released, its probably not that great. But what about the necessity of album reviews coming out quickly? Well I do still understand that they need to come quickly, and having a strong opinion, negative or positive, does bring traffic to the site. But they should be taken with a grain of salt for those exact reasons. But when it comes to your own personal soundtrack to your life, understand that it takes more than 16 minutes to create an opinion.

Beyonce announces pregnancy in bra and panties to show off belly: Where to buy them


Beyoncé announced her pregnancy with twins (TWINS) on her Instagram with a picture with a flower background and her holding her belly in a burgundy bra  with pink bows and baby blue panties. Some theorize that the mix matched bra and panties and the colors signify that she is having a boy and a girl.

I’m assuming we won’t find out any answers until after they are born, sometime in 2017 (she didn’t say how far along she is). But until then, as reported by People Style, the bra is by Agent Provocateur and cost $130. You can buy it here but it is selling out fast for obvious reasons. The panties are by Liviara and are $95. You can get them here.