Sweetener (and thank u, next) Tour Setlist and Playlist

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Ariana Grande kicked off her Sweetener (and thank u, next) World Tour in Albany, NY yesterday.  This tour setlist featured songs from all five of her albums, leaning heavily on Sweetener and thank u, next. Check out the setlist, and a playlist of the songs, below.

Act 1

Raindrops (An Angel Cried)
God Is a Woman
Bad Idea

Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored

Act 2

Homevideo Interlude
R.E.M.
Be Alright
Sweetener
Successful
Side to Side
(Shortened)
Bloodline
7 Rings

Act 3

Close to You
(Frank Ocean song) (Song played for interlude)
Love Me Harder
(Shortened)
Breathin
Needy
Fake Smile
Make Up
Right There
(Shortened)
You’ll Never Know
Break Your Heart Right Back
NASA
Goodnight n Go

Act 4

In My Head
(Musical interlude)
Everytime
One Last Time
The Light Is Coming
Into You

Act 5

My Heart Belongs to Daddy
(Marilyn Monroe song) (song played for interlude)
Dangerous Woman
Break Free
No Tears Left to Cry

Encore

Twitter / Sing-A-Long / Thank U, Next Interlude
Thank U, Next
Album setlist
Yours Truly: 2
My Everything: 4
Dangerous Woman: 4
Sweetener: 10
thank u, next: 10

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4rmwaxMnu2tL6miwRFaxau

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[Photos] Smile, You’re Literally On Camera At Vince Staples’ Tour

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All photos by Ariana LaBarrie/fresh pair of iis

Vince Staples is on a touring spree as of late. He was on tour last year with Tyler The Creator to support his Big Fish Theory album, and was on The Life Aquatic tour in 2017 for the Prima Donna EP.  This year, he is on the Smile, You’re On Camera tour, making a stop at Royal Oak Music Theatre.

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The title of the tour wasn’t just a tongue-in-cheek nod to the phrase on security cameras; the set design included live steams of the crowd “caught on camera.” Vince Staples always has amazing set designs for his shows. During The Life Aquatic tour, his screen was a big fish tank (you can see photos from that tour here), so it was not surprise his following album was named Big Fish Theory.  I wouldn’t be surprised if his next album title was a nod to surveillance.

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Vince Staples has this get up and go energy for each show.  He starts off strong and has the same momentum throughout the entire show. It is the type of spirit that makes his albums come alive.

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Check out the set list below for the show. Tour dates are here.

  1. Feels Like Summer
  2. Don’t Get Chipped
  3. Lift Me Up
  4. Street Punks
  5. Relay
  6. War Ready
  7. 745
  8. Rain Come Down
  9. Tweakin’
  10. Big Fish
  11. Outside!
  12. Run the Bands
  13. Get the Fuck Off My Dick
  14. Señorita
  15. No Bleedin
  16. FUN!
  17. BagBak
  18. Party People
  19. Blue Suede
  20. Norf Norf
  21. Yeah Right
  22. Mac Miller NPR Tiny Desk Concert Video

Nao Brought Detroit Fans Into Her Orbit With Her Saturn Tour

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Photos by Ariana LaBarrie/fresh pair of iis

Nao’s energy is magnetic and you feel like you are being pulled into her orbit. That is the best way to describe the captivating performance that Nao put on at the Majestic Theatre. She even started the show in the center of the audience, opening with “Another Lifetime.”

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Nao had as much fun at the show as her fans did. She danced around to every song, smiling and giddy the entire time. She had a free spirit and attitude that you can only gain from coming out the storm.

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Nao explained the meaning behind the title of her album, Saturn. Saturn’s orbital period is about 29 years, so once it goes back to the same position it did once you were born, many changes happen. You tend to reevaluate your relationships or make major decisions, so the album is about that period in her life.

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Nao isn’t one of those divas that forgets where she came from. She remembered people in the crowd from previous shows.  She also shouted out her band that she has been with for five years, even before she could pay them. My favorite touch of the show is when she passed out balloons resembling the ones from her Saturn album cover.

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Saturn is about letting go and moving on, but we shouldn’t move on from Nao anytime soon.

Merchandise Situation:

Her merchandise included a t-shirt, backpack, hoodie, poster, hat, CD and vinyl.  The most expensive item was the hoodie for $40. The vinyl ($25) and CD were both signed and I thought those were pretty cute. Most of the merchandise seemed to be only available on the tour and not online.

Setlist:

(this is the Portland show on Jan 14, and despite minor shakeups in the order, the setlist for the Detorit show was about the same)

  1. Another Lifetime
  2. If You Ever
  3. Make It Out Alive
  4. Fool to Love
  5. Adore You
  6. Gabriel
  7. Orbit
  8. Inhale Exhale
  9. Complicated
  10. Get to Know Ya
  11. A Life Like This
  12. Saturn
  13. Girlfriend
  14. Yellow of the Sun
  15. Firefly
    (Mura Masa cover)
  16. Drive and Disconnect
  17. Bad Blood

 

Panorama Music Festival Isn’t Happening In 2019, Here Is How Much Flights Are To Get To Other Festivals From NYC

Panorama, the New York music festival that started in 2016, is taking a year off in 2019. The 2018 festival had its issues; the first day was canceled due to weather. It is taking a hiatus to hopefully allow it to be moved to its original desired location, Queens.

While New York still has the Governor’s Ball, here are other festivals you can travel to and how much much flights cost from New York as of January 25.

Coachella

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Weekend 1
NYC to Los Angeles- Coachella 4/11-4/15 Averaging $320 according to Kayak.

Weekend 2
NYC to Los Angeles -Coachella 4/18-4/22 averaging $440 according to Kayak.

Bonnaroo

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NYC to Nashville Bonnaroo  6/12/to 6/17 averaging $240 according to Kayak

Lollapalooza

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NYC to Chicago-Lollapalooza 7/31-8/5 Averaging $170 according to Kayak 

What festival are you thinking of going to?

 

 

Smino Announces Hoopti Tour

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After announcing he will be a part of Coachella this year, Smino put out the dates for his “Smino’s Hoopti Tour” in support of his 2018 album Noir.  I am beyond excited for this tour. I’ve seen Smino abut four or five times and I love it each. Such a great, soulful, fun show. Check out some pics I’ve done at his show here.

 

You can get tickets here. The pre sale code is WD40.

Smino 2019 Tour Dates:
03/16 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 3
03/19 – London, UK @ Brixton Electric
03/23 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
03/27 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater
03/28 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
03/30 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada Theater
04/01 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
04/02 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Complex
04/04 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
04/05 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theater
04/09 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
04/10 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
04/13 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/20 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
04/23 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
04/25 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
04/26 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
04/29 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
04/30 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
05/02 – Nashville, TN @ The Cannery
05/03 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead
05/04 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
05/06 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
05/07 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
05/09 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
05/10 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
05/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ The TLA
05/13 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
05/14 – Montreal, QC @ L’Astral
05/16 – Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix
05/17 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall

Coachella Kicks Off 2019 Festival Season By Releasing Lineup

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2019 just started and festival line ups are already being released. Here is who I would see each day.

Friday:

Childish Gambino, Anderson .Paak, Ella Mai, Jaden Smith, dvsn, Janelle Monae

Saturday:

Solange, Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, Smino, SiR, Idris Elba

Sunday: 

Ariana Grande, Khalid, Zedd, Bad Bunny, YG, Playboi Carti, H.E.R., Blood Orange, Pusha T, SOB X RBE

Seeing the first lineup for festival season is always surprising because people haven’t released new music yet and you haven’t seen who is on the festival circuit yet. So I’m hoping a lot of these artists release new music and albums to play at these festivals. Its interesting to see Ariana Grande on here; there isn’t usually that many pure pop acts on here, and its great to see another woman headliner. Coachella also has a special connection to Ariana Grande because that is where she did a surprise performance of “No Tears Left To Cry” for the first time.

Check up the full lineup below. You can buy tickets starting Jan 4 here. Prices start at $429 for a weekend pass.

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Off The Release of Her ALIEN EP, Morgan Saint Shows That Defining Her Own Sound Is Nothing Foriegn To Her While On Tour

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Imagine taking one of the hottest rapper’s track from one of the best selling albums of 2018 and making it into a moody, indie song? That’s what Morgan Saint did with Cardi B’s “Thru Your Phone,” the closing track on her Invasion of Privacy album.  Saint’s version was named one of 2018 best covers by MarieClaire.com. And just like Cardi made a name for herself, so has Saint. While she has been compared to the likes of Lorde and Halsey, she is defining her own sound with her EP ALIEN. She is also currently on tour opening for lovelytheband.

Check her out this weekend at Lincoln Hall in Chicago and click here for more tour dates. You can also listen to “Thru Your Phone” and her EP Alien below.

dvsn and Miguel rise up with The Ascension Tour in Detroit

Off the release of their second album, Morning After and their own headlining tour earlier this year, dvsn is now on the road with Miguel for The Ascension Tour. Both of their brands of R&B mix well together, so it was a perfect match for tour mates.

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First up was dvsn. While dvsn is made up of producer Nineteen85 and singer Daniel Daley, Nineteen85 was behind the soundboard making sure the sound was orchestrated beautifully. On stage was Daniel and three backup female singers. The females singers were perfect for songs like “Too Deep”  features a large female role in the song.

While playing songs from both their album, Sept. 5th and Morning After, they also mixed in R&B favorites like Usher “U Got It Bad” and Beyonce and Justin Timberlake’s “Until The End of Time.” It was nice that they showed off their influences.

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Miguel has previously went out on road for the War & Leisure Tour to support the album of the same title earlier this year. He made it clear that this tour was not to support any album, so while he played a lot of songs from that album, he also played b-sides from his previous projects.  It was interesting to see him highlight other songs, like “Arch & Point” from Kalediscope Dream, but I wish he did play some of his hits, like “Coffee.”

The concert was also greatly influenced by rock concerts. There were a lot of electric guitars and head banging. But the production was different from what I’ve seen before from any one, focusing on the “ascension” theme and rising up, featuring a lot of stairs, temples and neon colors.

It was great to see how these artists presented their work using visuals that you can’t see by just listening to an album. I’m definitely looking forward to their next albums and more importantly, their next tours.

Taylor Swift slithers into Detroit for reputation Tour at Ford Field

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All photos by Ariana LaBarrie/fresh pair of iis

Taylor Swift brought her reputation Stadium Tour to Ford Field on Tuesday. Despite this being her first official, all stadium shows tour, this was her fourth time headlining Ford Field, bringing her tour here since the Speak Now tour.

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Charli XCX kicked off this girl power tour with “Boom Clap,” commanding attention even though people were still trying to find their seats. Her brand of party music set a great vibe for the show and her energy was contagious.

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Camila Cabello came out next repping the home team by wearing a Detroit Lions’ Jersey with her last name on it. Her vocals and performance showed why she deserved Artist of The Year at this year’s VMAs.

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I’ve never been to a Taylor Swift show before, but I obviously seen clips on YouTube, so I thought I knew what to expect. I. Was. Totally. Wrong. It exceeded all expectations I had. As a person who loves concerts, but also has a lot of knowledge of the music industry, I thought the production value was amazing. The two B stages are bigger than the 1989 stage, which I already thought was massive. The main stage is huge, and when it plays images, they look 3D, as if snakes are hissing off the screen. How she smoothly got to one stage from another (sometimes via snake, sometimes a lit up ball) was seamless, and even the confetti being little Taylor Swift newspapers was so cute. The attention to detail was amazing.

If you are a fan of the reputation album, you will be pleased that she performs all songs off the album except “So It Goes…” She also performs some of her classics like “Blank Space,” “Love Story” and “Blood,” the latter two being medley or mashups with other songs.

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As what has become a tradition during this tour, she played a surprise acoustic song on the B-Stage. You can see all the songs so far, (I’ve been keeping track) here. This time around it was “Jump Then Fall,” a bonus on song the Fearless: Platinum Edition album. As someone that became a Taylor fan during the Fearless era, I remember listening to this song on repeat on my iPod so it was great to see it performed acoustic for the first time.

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While reputation is about revenge and trying to outrun preconceived notions about you, the show’s penultimate performance ended on a sweet note with “Call It What You Want,” showing that your reputation doesn’t matter with the right people.

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While Taylor is a huge star, she expressed gratitude to everyone who made this tour possible. She also said kind words about Aretha Franklin and held a moment of silence for her in Aretha’s hometown.

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While Taylor has been in the business for over a decade, I’m still very much excited for what’s to come next.

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.