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.

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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.

 

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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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.