What Acts To See At Bonnaroo 2018

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Acts to go see: Eminem, Future, Bob Iver, Paramore, Anderson .Paak, Khalid, Playboi Carti, T-Pain, Snakehips, Knox Fortune.

Another day, another festival line up. I guess this is what Januarys are made of.  Eminem is making another appearance, so at this point, expect to see him at the majority of festivals.  I’m actually most excited to see Anderson. Paak make a festival apperance and I hope he will be at more.  I saw him at Pitchfork back in 2016 and he was incredible. I have only heard about him in passing, but after seeing him live I became a huge fan.

We are also seeing a lot of repeat acts, including Eminem (obviously), Snakehips, Khalid and Knox Fortune.

Check out a playlist for Boonaroo below.

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What Acts I Would See at Boston Calling 2018

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Acts I want to see: Eminem, Khalid, Bryson Tiller, Brockhampton, Daniel Caesar, Belly, Noname, Taylor Bennett

A smaller festival, but still some pretty good R&B options. I’ve seen Bryson live three times and each time he’s even better. Always a good set list full of hits and deep cuts. Daniel Caesar has been growing on me and I’ve been wanting to see Khalid. It is interesting that Taylor Bennett is playing Boston Calling this year when his brother played last year. I’ve seen Bennett live before and he was okay, but I’m hoping he has grown as a live performer.

Check out a playlist of my picks below.

What Acts You Should See At The Governors Ball 2018

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Acts I want to see:

Eminem, Travis Scott, Halsey, Khalid, Post Malone, Lil Uzi Vert, 6lack, Dram, 2 Chainz, Vic Mensa, Brockhampton, Aminé, Goldlink

Honestly not anyone I’m super excited about, but I’ve been wanting to see Khalid live. I’ve seen Vic Mensa, Post Malone and 2 Chainz live before. 2 Chainz is always super energetic and fun and its such a rowdy good time.  I also think seeing Goldlink’s “Crew” live would be super hype.

This new lineup shows that Eminem, 6lack, Brockhampton, and Aminé are definitely doing multiple festivals, as they are already doing Coachella.

Here are photos I’ve taken of acts that I have already seen:

Post Malone

2 Chainz

Vic Mena

Check out a playlist of the acts I would like to see below.

Running List of Festival Line Ups and Prices in 2018

Below is a list of festivals line ups and prices for 2018 that will be constantly updated. Compare and have fun!

Coachella-April 13-15, 20-22

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Tickets:

$429 for a GA 3-Day

Click here for my picks for Coachella.

Boston Calling-May 25-27

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Tickets:

Early Bird GA Tickets: $279 + $20 fees

Click here for my picks for Boston Calling.

Governors Ball-June 1st-3rd

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Tickets:

$305 + fees

Click here for my picks for Governors Ball.

Bonnaroo: June 7-10

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Tickets:

$299.50+fees

Click here for my picks for Governors Ball.

Pitchfork-July 20-22

Tickets:

3-Days $175 | 1-Day $75 each

What Acts To See At Coachella 2018

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Coachella just announced its lineup so you know what that means…festival season has officially kicked off! If going to a music festival is a part of your 2018 music goals, now is the time to start measuring up the line up and the prices. Here are the acts I would check out each day:

Friday: The Weeknd, SZA, Jamiroquai, Vince Staples, Daniel Caesar

I’ve already seen The Weeknd, SZA and Vince Staples live.  All very amazing live and their music comes alive in a way you don’t expect. Also, I have a feeling if The Weeknd is a headliner than he will probably have new music out. I keep hearing good things about Daniel Caesar so I would love to check him out live.

Saturday: Beyoncé, Post Malone, Snakehips, Marian Hill, Jorja Smith

Honestly I’m only very familiar with Beyonce, and people have been waiting over a year to see her at Coachella since she had to cancel last year because of the twins. I saw Post Malone live a few years ago, and “rockstar” isn’t a horrible song so I would swing by his set. I like Snakehips remix of Banks “Warm Water” and they were cool at Lolla back in 2016 so I would see them again. I heard of few Marian Hill songs in passing and I like Jorja Smith on “Get It Together” so I would love to see more from both acts.

Sunday: Eminem, Migos, Cardi B, Miguel, French Montana, 6lack, Aminé, DeJ Loaf, Noname, LION BABE, They.

I’ve never seen Eminem live and being from Detroit I feel like I need to do this eventually. I hope he focuses on the hits; I really don’t know his deep cuts. I saw Migos a few times before and it is pretty turnt, and I hope Cardi B has some more songs to justify a full set because I do like “Bodak Yellow.” French, Amine, DeJ Loaf, LION BABE all at least have one song I like so I would be willing to check out their sets.  I saw Noname at Lolla last year and its a nice low key time.  They. was amazing live and one of the best concerts I saw last year so I’m probably most excited about them. I saw Miguel at Pitchfork back in 2016 and it was such this psychedelic (minus the drugs) cool journey and put a twist on his work that I would so do it again.

Here are some concert photos from some of the acts that I shot before:

The Weeknd

SZA

Vince Staples

Post Malone

Migos

They.

Check out the playlist below of all the acts I want to see.

Dear Barack, Here Are Some Song Recommendations Based On Your Favorite Songs from 2017

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Dear Barack,

First off, thanks for sharing your favorite songs of 2017.  You have such great taste, and I think we could be best friends.  Your probably pretty busy enjoying retirement, so I decided to give you some music recommendations based on some of your favorite songs from 2017.

Since You Liked: “Wild Thoughts” by DJ Khaled ft Rihanna and Bryson Tiller

You’ll Like: “Run Me Dry” By Bryson Tiller

What’s great about “Wild Thoughts” is the fun, international sound.  Instead of the Spanish sound of “Wild Thoughts” you get more of an island sound with “Run Me Dry.”  But it features a similar fun groove to dance to and has Bryson Tiller who was on “Wild Thoughts.”

Since You Liked: “Butterfly Effect” by Travis Scott

You’ll Like: “Ex Calling” by 6lack

Barry, you’ll get that trap sound that you like in “Butterfly Effect.”  The also have similar rap cadences on these songs. However, with “Ex Calling” you’ll get more of a cohesive story line about the turmoils of an ex.

Since You Liked: “Chanel” by Frank Ocean

You’ll Like: “Loose” by Daniel Caesar

Both songs have the similar “stream of consciousness” lyric style. Frank is talking more about the duality that exists within gender and sexuality, while Caesar is talking more about letting go of an ex. Production wise Caesar was definitely influenced by Frank Ocean.

Since You Liked: “Rise Up” by Andra Day

You’ll Like: “Thank You” by Kehlani

While “Rise Up” is about tenacity during adversity, “Thank You” is about appreciating the people who have been around you while your were going through growing pains. Both have a positive message about solidarity and the evolution of a person.

Since You Liked: “Havana” by Camila Cabello ft Young Thug

You’ll Like: “I’m A Fan” by Pia Mia ft Jeremih

“I’m A Fan” is a great song that was buried in all the music that came out in 2017, but Pia Mia’s babydoll voice is a bit similar to Camila. Also, they both share a fun beat, with “Havana” being more Cuban and “I’m A Fan” being more Caribbean based.

I hope you like my recommendations. I made a Spotify playlist for you for easy access to the songs below. Please keep in touch and give us some more of you favorite songs. Maybe touch base in the summer?

Sincerely,

freshpairofiis

How To Reach Your 2018 Music Goals

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When thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions, you might think about becoming more organized or being more productive.  But you should consider your musical goals as well. Want to finally go to a festival or build a vinyl collection? Want to stop listening to the same old artists and music? Here are some tips for reaching these totally attainable goals.

  1. Go To A Festival

People always feel left out when they see people on Instagram posting from music festivals, but you can definitely be apart of it too. Cost wise, festivals are actually a pretty good deal. For the large amount of acts you see, the price per show is pretty low, especially since some concerts are already $100+. Some things to keep in mind when picking a festival.

  • Pick a festival near you or a friend: No need to add costs with airline flights and hotel rooms. With so many festivals, you can find one pretty close to you.  Especially since many acts play several different festivals, many people who will be at Coachella will be at other festivals.
  • Think of a price you are comfortable with: Prices from festivals can vary a lot. Some of the cheaper ones are Jay Z’s Made In America and Pitchfork Music Festival. Still incredible acts, but you can get early bird tickets for this year’s Pitchfork for $150 for three days or $65 for a single day now.
  • Consider one day passes or buy closer to festival date:  One day passes are cheaper, and some times you only want to see acts that are on one particular day.  You can also save money by buying tickets closer to the date on Stubhub or other sites because many people’s plans change. Of course there is always a risk in that. It’s best to register to tickets in front of the seller before buying it to make sure they are authentic if possible.

Bonus tip: When buying tickets, avoid the pay plan. I tried to do the with Lolla last year and it wouldn’t go through and I lost my place in line.  Its glitchy for some reason. Just pay for it out front. Worst case scenario you can resale.

2. Collect Vinyl

While people always talk about collecting vinyl, it seems like a large investment and task. It is not really when you break it down.

  • Buy albums you already like: No need to roll the dice when investing money and space on vinyl.  Buy some of your favorite albums that you would spin often.
  • Buy on sale:  You can find a lot of vinyl on sale at Urban Outfitters and other places.  Easy way to collect when you find some for $10.

Buy a frame when you buy an album: Instead of having another task that will take forever to get around to, just purchase it as the same time you buy the vinyl and hang it up then.

3. Listen To New Music

I think its super easy to get stuck into the music you like without spreading out and discovering new music. Its pretty easy if you are just conscious of your music habits and making small changes.

  • Actually listen to Spotify Discover and other playlist: Just have it as background noise when you are doing something else. Its a good way to be efficient and pick up on new music that piques your interest.
  • Listen to new music highlights from
    different websites: Pigeons and Planes and Pitchfork usually put together new music and artists list each week. Just listen to it once you see it and don’t put it off.

    Basically the best way to get anything done is to just do it! By taking a chance, you can have great musical experiences this year and expand your sonic horizons.