Today’s Tunes – Sunday, April 30th

Welcome to Today’s Tunes where I’ll be posting a collection of a couple songs that I’m listening to that particular day. There’s no criteria for the songs, these can be any genre, old or new, doesn’t matter. Here are today’s tunes:

 “Done Did It” – Black Keys (Blakroc)

I love the blending of Hip-Hop and Blues rock on this song and really the entire Blakroc album as a whole. It’s not technically a Black Keys album as it’s considered a collaboration album between them and Damon Dash who originally came up with the idea for the album. Every song on the album shows off Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney’s musical versatility by featuring at least one hip-hop/R&B artist, including legends such as Q-tip, RZA, Mos Def, and Raekwon. NOE shows off some really good flow on this track, but other songs like “What You Do To Me” and “Ain’t Nothing Like You” are definitely worth a listen.

“Along With My Mind” – Samson

This one has a nice and relaxing vibe to it, perfect for your lazy/hungover Sunday. I was originally skeptical when I first checked out Samson because I thought he’d be another corny, stoner white rapper, but he actually has put out some solid work. Other good chill out/smoking songs from this dude are “Medicinal” and “You & I”.

“Woke Up Older (acoustic)” – The Wonder Years

Another chilled out, although somewhat depressing, vibe with this acoustic version of “Woke Up Older”. These guys are one of my favorite Pop Punk bands out right now but you can count on them to usually put out at least one slower-paced song like this one on each album. If you’re liking this song, they also have an acoustic version of “Local Man Ruins Everything” and “Racing Trains” are both worth checking out.

New Song From Snoop Dogg, “Mount Kushmore”, featuring Redman, Method Man, & B-Real

It’s officially Mount Rushmore season for our Boy Snoop Dogg with his newest single off his upcoming album, Neva Left. Got some decent verses all around but Method Man is the stand out on this one in my opinion.  I really like how this track has that old-school Doggystyle/Tha Doggfather vibe to it, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence the album cover is a picture of Snoop from 1993.

I’m pretty optimistic for the rest of Neva Eva, I think we’ll finally get Snoop returning to his roots and none of that god-awful Snoop Lion shit. Album is due out May 19th, you can pre-order here.

Frank Ocean Not Done Releasing New Music, Drops Two New Songs Featuring Young Thug & Travis Scott

The Frank Ocean comeback tour getting even stronger. Coming off his release of “Biking” and a feature on Calvin Harris’ hit “Slide”, Frank gives us two new tracks “Slide On Me” featuring Young Thug and “Lens” featuring Travis Scott.

Even the biggest Young Thug haters (myself included) are going to have a hard time not enjoying this song. You can’t not love the soft vibe with that guitar picking in the background.

P.S. It still kind of blows my mind that Frank got his start with Odd Future.

Kendrick Lamar Announces ‘The DAMN. Tour’

Coming off a HUGE first week of sales after the release of DAMN., Kendrick has announced a 17-date Summer tour featuring support slots from Travis Scott and D.R.A.M.

The last time I saw Kendrick live was back in 2012 on the TDE x BET Music Matters Tour, right after GKMC dropped. He was still playing smaller clubs back then so it’ll be awesome to see what kind of production Kung Fu Kenny has in store for this tour.

American Express pre-sale starts Tuesday, April 25th and general public on-sale starts Friday, April 28th via Ticketmaster. Tour dates below, I know I’ll be hitting up the 7/20 show at Barclays myself.

Tour Dates:

July 12–Phoenix, Ariz.

July 14–Dallas, Texas

July 15–Houston, Texas

July 17–Atlanta, Ga.

July 19–Philadelphia, Pa.

July 20–Brooklyn, N.Y.

July 21–D.C., Wash.

July 22–Boston, Mass.

July 25–Toronto, Ont.

July 26–Detroit, Mich.

Jul. 27–Chicago, Ill.

July 29–Denver, Colo.

Aug. 1–Seattle, Was.

Aug. 2–BC, Vancouver

Aug. 4–Oakland, Calif.

Aug. 5–Las Vegas, Nev.

Aug. 6–Los Angeles, Calif.

Read More: Kendrick Lamar Reveals Damn. Tour Dates – XXL | http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2017/04/kendrick-lamar-reveals-damn-tour-dates/?trackback=tsmclip

Haim Drops Trailer Teasing New Music

Looks like the Haim sisters are going to be blessing us with their long-awaited second album this upcoming Thursday, the 27th. Although the video doesn’t explicitly state that an album is what’s coming on the 27th, I think it’s more than likely.  Also, can’t wait for there to be another round of Fleetwood Mac comparisons once the album comes out. Making that basic ass comparison is the same as saying Cole Beasley and Julian Edelman are real “Wes Welker types”.

If you’ve never listened to Haim, they’ve got a really nice R&B influenced soft-rock sound going on. I’ve got a couple recommendations below to get you started, and make sure to check out the new album (allegedly) this Thursday.

Today’s Tunes – Sunday, April 23rd

Welcome to Today’s Tunes where I’ll be posting a collection of a couple songs that I’m really enjoying on that particular day. There’s no criteria for the songs, these can be any genre, old or new, doesn’t matter. Here are today’s tunes:

“Find Me” – Kings of Leon

Probably my favorite track off of WALLS, and a pretty bizarre video to go along with it. I love the evolution Kings of Leon has showed over the course of their career, going from a Southern-Rock sound to more of a Alternative sound, which in my opinion led to their explosion of popularity in the U.K. I got the chance to see Kings of Leon live at MSG a few months back and these guys put on one hell of an arena show. If you haven’t gotten in to these guys before, check out “Crawl” and “Waste A Moment”.

“Consoler of the Lonely” – The Raconteurs

Death, taxes, and Jack White putting out fire music. I’ve been following Jack since The White Stripes days, and I truly believe he could be one of the most talented musicians living today. The Raconteurs were White’s first project after The White Stripes split, and they took on a more Blues-Rock sound as opposed to the harder Rock & Roll sound of The Raconteurs only released two albums before taking a hiatus, but if you’re a Blues-Rock fan my other recommendations are the high energy single ““Salute Your Salution” and “Level”.

“P’s & Q’s” – Mick Jenkins

Up and coming rapper out of Chicago, Mick Jenkins is the ultimate in spitting socially conscious lyrics over smooth as fuck jazz-influenced beats. He’s already worked alongside guys like Chance the Rapper and Joey Bada$$, and is poised for a big 2017 coming off his newest single “Last Train”. The tone of this dude’s voice provides the perfect juxtaposition against the jazzy beats he uses. I could go on and on with recommendations for Mick, but if you’re only going to listen to a few songs check out “The Waters”“Slumber”, and “Vibe”. He also uses a live band for his shows which I think is criminally underused by rappers today.

Today’s Tunes – Thursday, April 20th

Welcome to Today’s Tunes where I’ll be posting a collection of a couple songs that I’m really enjoying on that particular day. There’s no criteria for the songs, these can be any genre, old or new, doesn’t matter. Here are today’s tunes (links open in Spotify, Soundcloud/Youtube embedded for the lazy)

“The Coin Has A Say” – Every Time I Die

Arguably one of the most consisten hardcore bands over the last decade and a half. I always have a ton of respect for any bands that can keep putting out quality music while still growing and not remaining stagnant. This is also phenomenal music for the gym. If you want more, check out “We’rewolf” and “Wanderlust”.

“To Be Without You” – Ryan Adams

I consider myself a Whiskeytown fan, but I’m glad Ryan Adams was able to transition to a successful solo career. In my opinion, Alt-Country is what mainstream Country music should be, but that’s a discussion for another day. If you like relaxing, country-influenced tunes, give this one a listen. He also has a complete cover album of Taylor Swift’s 1989 which is actually really fucking good too.

“Huey Newton” – Wiz Khalifa feat. Curren$y

The golden years of stoner rap. Weed is tight.

Riot Fest 2017 Lineup Announced

Genius move here by Riot Fest further diversifying their lineup this year. For anyone unfamiliar, Riot Fest is a primarily Punk Rock held in Chicago every year. The lineup is still skewed towards Punk, but has some AWESOME Hip-Hop acts in there as well. Wu-Tang, Mike D (DJ set), Action Bronson and more give a nice little change up to all the Rock acts on there.

The other big news with the lineup announcement is Jawbreaker reuniting after 21 years. If you were a kid in the 90’s and listened to any type of punk/emo, these guys influenced any band that you listened to. Awesome headliner choices for all three days, any of you Chicago fans out there definitely should consider hitting this up. Tickets on sale here via Ticketfly.

Royal Blood Releases Video for Newest Single, “Lights Out”

Pretty trippy video for the first single off Royal Blood’s upcoming second studio album, How Did We Get So Dark?, due out June 16th. I myself am definitely excited for this album. I love their sound and think these guys going to be absolutely huge in 12-18 months.

For those who might be unfamiliar, Royal Blood is a Blues-Rock duo out of England, who exploded on the music scene with their 2014 debut self-titled album. Somewhat similar sound to bands like Highly Suspect and Kings of Leon. Definitely worth giving them a listen if you have a minute. My song recommendations are “Little Monster” and “Figure It Out”.

Kendrick Lamar Enlists Don Cheadle for “DNA” Video

Kendrick brings another heater for his second video off of DAMN. I don’t think the internet will bug out about this as much as it did for the video for “HUMBLE”, but anytime you can get Don Cheadle lip-syncing your rap, it’s going to get people talking.

Overall I love the simplicity yet powerful vibe of the video. I’m really liking the direction of the visuals from Kendrick so far, my guess is the next video is going to be either “XXX” or “LOVE”.