Jhené Aiko Takes A Little “Trip”: Announces Tour For New Album


Jhene Aiko announced tour for her surprise release album “Trip.” This 16 date tour starting next month is a headlining tour before she is an opener for Lana Del Rey at the top of next year. Willow Smith, who has been on tour with her before is coming along as long as St. Beauty, Kodie Shane and Kitty Cash.

Stream her new album and short film below:


While Taylor Swift Won’t be at Jingle Ball Chicago, she will be at B96’s Jingle Bash, check out the line up here


Taylor Swift won’t be at the Chicago stop on the Jingle Ball tour, but she will be making a stop in Chicago around the same time for the B96 Jingle Bash.  While Swift’s album comes out on Nov. 10 and fans can start earning points to move up in line in the Ticketmaster Verified fan program, this is a way for fans to get tickets without being apart of it.

The show will also include Backstreet Boys, Fifth Harmony, Khalid, Logic and Sabrina Carpenter. You can get tickets here.

Jingle Ball Announces in 2017 tour lineup, including Taylor Swift, and shows with both Fifth Harmony and Camila Cabello


The annual Jingle Ball tour announced the lineups for its 2017 12 city tour. Some Jingle Ball alums are returning for the tour, including Nick Jonas, Charlie Puth and Demi Lovato. Big name headliners include Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift. Sheeran is coming off a big year with his album ,÷,  and while Taylor Swift album doesn’t come out until Nov. 10, it will be exciting to get a taste of her upcoming tour.

What is very interesting that Camila Cabello and Fifth Harmony will both be on some tour stops. Last year, Cabello left the group right after the Jingle Ball tour. During Fifth Harmony’s MTV VMA performance, the group has a fifth member fall off the stage. It will be interesting if they speak off the split or each other during the tour.

Check out the line up for each stop below:

11/28 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center: The Chainsmokers, Charlie Puth, Kesha, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels and Why Don’t We

11/30 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center: Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Charlie Puth, Camila Cabello, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Julia Michaels and Why Don’t We

12/01 – Inglewood, CA @ LA Forum: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers, Sam Smith, Demi Lovato, Logic, Kesha, Niall Horan, Halsey, Charlie Puth and Liam Payne

12/04 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center: Fall Out Boy, Kesha, Charlie Puth, Niall Horan, Camila Cabello, Liam Payne, Julia Michaels and Why Don’t We

12/06 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center: The Chainsmokers, Fall Out Boy, Kesha, Halsey, Logic, Niall Horan, Charlie Puth, Liam Payne, Julia Michaels and Why Don’t We

12/08 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers, Sam Smith, Halsey, Fall Out Boy, Demi Lovato, Logic, Charlie Puth, Niall Horan, Camila Cabello, Liam Payne, Julia Michaels and Why Don’t We

12/10 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden: Fall Out Boy, Kelly Clarkson, Fifth Harmony, Halsey, Charlie Puth, Camila Cabello and Why Don’t We

12/11 – Washington, D.C. @ Capital One Arena: Fall Out Boy, Kesha, Logic, Zedd, Charlie Puth, Camila Cabello, Liam Payne, Julia Michaels and Why Don’t We

12/13 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena: The Chainsmokers, Demi Lovato, Charlie Puth, Kesha, Camila Cabello, Liam Payne, Julia Michaels and Why Don’t We

12/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena: Demi Lovato, Logic, Zedd, Fifth Harmony, Nick Jonas, Charlie Puth, Camila Cabello, Liam Payne, Julia Michaels and Why Don’t We

12/16 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena: Zedd, Nick Jonas, Charlie Puth, Camila Cabello, Liam Payne and Why Don’t We

12/17 – Miami, FL @ BB&T Center: Demi Lovato, Logic, Fifth Harmony, Nick Jonas, Charlie Puth, Camila Cabello, Liam Payne, Julia Michaels and Why Don’t We

With Sweet Sexy Savage to Honey, Kehlani is having her best year so far

After having two mix tapes, Cloud 19 and You Should Be Here, Kehlani put out her debut album Sweet Sexy Savage at the top of this year. I loved the album so much, and her tour was amazing.

I saw her show twice at Concord Music Hall in Chicago, and yes, it was totally worth seeing two times.

Her opening act Ella Mai was a great complement to the tour. With tatts and her R&B music, she definitely has similar vibes to Kehalni, but has her own brand and sound.

What makes Kehlani great live is that she seems like she is having so much fun. Sometimes when you see someone live, it feels like they are phoning it in or going through the motions.  Kehlani’s a performer: she sings live and does full out choreography.  She also isn’t afraid to get personal-she tells stories of hard times and relationship she went through to inspire others. I also loved that she performed the entire album.

Setlist from tour:
Keep On
Do U Dirty
The Way
Too Much
Get Like
I Wanna Be
Everything Is Yours
Not Used to It
Piece of Mind
In My Feelings


With her latest release, Honey, she really set herself up to have a great 2018. I wouldn’t be surprised if she was nominated for another Grammy.

Red Bull Sound Select Announces 30 Days in Chicago Schedule


Red Bull announced the schedule for the highly anticipated 30 Days in Chicago concert series. Each day, except for Thanksgiving, has an event.

Tickets for each show are $15 plus fees, which vary by location. Tickets are on sell now.

Check out the schedule below. Who are you most excited to see?

November 1 – Young Thug @ Metro
November 2 – Whitney, NE-Hi, Mt Joy @ Metro
November 3 – Kehlani, Kodie Shane, Blaise Moore @ Riviera Theater
November 4 – Fake Shore Drive 10th Anniversary with Tee Grizzley @ Portage Theater
November 5 – Polica, Ohmme @ House of Vans
November 6 – Music + Photography Master Class @ The Annex
November 7 – Mitski, Miya Folick, Hazel English @ Lincoln Hall
November 8 – Syd, Charlotte Day Wilson, Bailey Wiley @ The Metro
November 9 – Thalia Hall, Kali Uchis, Twelve’len, Elley Duhé @ Thalia Hall
November 10 – Ibeyi, TheMIND, Koda @ Metro
November 11 – 6lack, Toby Lou, Emi @ Thalia Hall
November 12 – Sabrina Claudio, Kiya Lacey, Amanda Delara @ Schuba’s
November 13 – Event To Be Announced
November 14 – Subterranean, Jorja Smith, Dizzy Fae, Snoh Aalegra @ Subterranean
November 15 – Parquet Courts, Meat Wave @ Empty Bottle
November 16 – Mura Masa, Tennyson, Bonzai @ Concord Music Hall
November 17 – Alice Glass, NOLIFE, Nadia Tehran @ Subterranean
November 18 – Amine, Pell, A2 @ Metro
November 19 – Lizzo, Bia, Junglepussy @ Thalia Hall
November 20 – Daniel Caesar, SiR, Cherrie @ Reggies Rock Club
November 21 – Noname, The Last Artful, Dodgr, Buddy @ Concord Music Hall
November 22 – Jacob Banks, JØSEPH, Durand Jones & The Indications @ Lincoln Hall
November 23 – Thanksgiving (No Event)
November 24 – Eryn Allen Kayne, Sidewalk Chalk @ Fourth Presbyterian Church
November 25 – Kweku Collins, Kamau, Trapo @ SPACE
November 26 – Smino, Ravyn Lenae / Monte Booker, Bari / Jay2 @ Lincoln Hall
November 27 – Jungle, NoMBe, Drama Duo @ Metro=
November 28 – Xavier Omär, Jesse Baez, Jake & Papa @ Chop Shop
November 29 – Khalid, Amber Mark, Marteen Estevez @ Aragon Ballroom
November 30 – Migos & Lil Yachty, Ro Ransom, Shaboozey @ Riviera Theatre

SZA, Smino and Ravyn Lenae are in complete CTRL during tour


When I heard about SZA was going on tour to support her debut album CTRL, I was super excited about the opening acts too. Sometimes opening acts can seem like an after fact that the label just puts on the tour and many people skip them, but I always enjoy seeing the opening acts because it is a great way to be introduced to new music. For SZA’s tour I liked how to picked Smino and Ravyn Lenae as her supporting acts because I felt like their music and artistry were a good match for her. I’ve also seen the both live before and listen to their music, so I knew it would be a good show.

Photos by Ariana LaBarrie/fresh pair of iis


First up was Ravyn Lenae.  She sang songs off her projects “Midnight Moonlight” and “Moon Shoes.”  I’ve seen her before opening for Teyana Taylor last year, so I was excited to see her again.  Even though she performs for such large crowds, she also is so personable and warm– it is nice to see that type of stage presence.


Next up was Smino. His album “blkswn” is one of my favorite album this year and I’ve seen him twice before, so I was hype to see him live again.   The St. Louis native wore an old school Pistons jersey, but he definitely repped his hometown-during an break between performing songs off “blkswn,” he performed a medley of St. Louis hits, including “Air Force Ones, and “E.I.”  My online wish was that Ravyn and Smino performed “Glass Flows”


I always say the best way to experience an album is by hearing it played by a live band.  While obviously that can’t always happen, I was happy that I was able to listen to CTRL performed live.  It definitely gives a different feeling to the album.  SZA voice is amazing live, and while her she is this huge rising star, her style of wearing khakis and Chucks showed that fame hasn’t changed her.


Set List:

Broken Clocks
Go Gina
Drew Barrymore
Child’s Play
Normal Girl
Garden (Say It Like Dat)
Doves in the Wind
Love Galore
The Weekend
Wavy (Interlude)

Red Bull SoundSelect announces 30 Days in Chicago concert series

Red Bull SoundSelect is known for its monthly concerts highlighting both new and established artists, but in November it will host a 30 day concert series in Chicago.

I’m beyond excited about this. It like having an extra long music festival in the colder months.

The lineup is incredible too. Check out the lineup here, but some of my favorite include Khalid, Kehlani and Smino.

You need to be a Red Bull SoundSelect member to buy tickets, and according the Chicago Tribune tickets will be around $15 and will be a limit of 2 tickets per member.

Who are you most excited to see? While considering what shows you are buying tickets for, check out the this playlist for 30 Days In Chicago made by Red Bull.

Where to get Chance The Rapper’s Champion shirt from Lollapalooza


Chance wore a light grey Champion Heritage All Over Script shirt for his headlining Lollapalooza set. While that color way is not currently available,  the olive version is currently available for pre-order here. You should snag it now, since some sizes are already sold out.

For a similar look, check out this Big C shirt.

Chance also wore his signature hat and Gucci belt.

UPDATE: Shirt now available in white here!



Preview of Chance The Rapper’s merchandise before Lolla headlining show


Ahead of his headlining show at Lolla, Chance merchandise is now available for purchase at the artist table. With his merchandise front and center, he has the most extensive collection of the artists featured. The collection features apparel from his Be Encouraged Tour and items specifically for is Lolla stop, featuring wording like “Hometown Headliner. “. There is also a hoodie from the “Surf” album.

Prices range from $35-$55. The cheapest item is the dad hat version of the iconic 3 hat. Please do not be that person that wears the dad hat version. It just looks off to me. The New Era version that Chance wears is $50. T-shirts and tank tops are $40 and sweatshirts are $55. I got the black “Courage” hoodie.

Staff is expecting this to sell out quick so grab it asap if you want it.

Made In America 2017 Lineup and Playlist


Made In America released its lineup for this year’s festival, and I’m loving it. Jay Z and J. Cole are headlining, which is amazing. And while many dismiss the small print acts, artists like They. and Smino are playing and I am more than excited.

I created a playlist of one of my favorite songs of all the artists that I would love to see at this festival. Is anyone going?