Tag Archives: Aloe Blacc

Festival News: Coachella 2014 Lineup Is Here!

8 Jan

Just dropped this evening, the 2014 Coachella lineup. Take a look and maybe I’ll see you out in Indio this April.  Pretty strong from top to bottom and boy oh boy are there some gems in the tiny font.

coachella 2014

 

New Video: Avicii – “Wake Me Up” ft. Aloe Blacc

30 Jul

If you read my blog you know how much I love this track (let alone a fan of both artists) but now comes the video.  I dig it, cool stuff, story line, etc. but I do have to point out some nifty sponsorship placement in here by Ralph Lauren (they endorse Avicii) and the Denim & Supply line of the brand.  Check out 1:30 mark.

 

Now Playing: Avicii – “Wake Me Up” ft. Aloe Blacc

17 Jun

If you haven’t had a chance to listen to this just yet, do it now! I totally dig this, Avicii gone country (yes those who went to Ultra it wasn’t a joke). Give a listen to “Wake Me Up” which features the soulful Aloe Blacc. This is going to crossover so many different radio formats; I’d so love to see this hit number one on multiple ones.

And if you haven’t spent time listening to Aloe Blacc, sure get over to itunes, Spotify, to get his music and go see one of his shows; you owe it to yourself.  Trust me.

Austin City Limits This Weekend (Live Stream)

16 Sep

If you’re like me and not in Austin for ACL, you’re probably not a happy camper right now.  However ACL is streaming live via YouTube and you can click HERE to check in on the festival.

Also here are some of my picks for shows if I was down in Tejas.

Stevie Wonder – really, no chance I’d miss seeing him perform

Arcade Fire – I don’t care what anyone says, these guys effen rock the festival crowds

My Morning Jacket – they won me back over this summer at Lollapalooza

Nas & Damian – nuff said

Empire of the Sun – can never get enough EofS

Cut Copy – been a fan since randomly seeing these Aussies perform six years ago

Ryan Bingham – one of my favorite performances of the summer and if you know him from “The Weary Kind” oh you have so much more to discover

Randy Newman – seriously just to hear THIS

Fitz & The Tantrums – should be one of the more fun shows of the festival

Delta Spirit – huge fan and only seen them live once

Foster The People& Young The Giant – their rises to stardom this summer, wowsa and both put on hell of performances

Smith Westerns – trust me; go see these kids from Chicago

The Belle Brigade – brother and sister duo that will blow your mind

Aloe Blacc – one of the best voices I have ever heard and quite a showman as well

Mariachi El Bronx – go have some fun with Mexican Independence Day this weekend

James Blake – see what this UK wonder is all about, legit!

Gary Clark Jr. – dude’s got mad talent, up and comer for sure

The Head and The Heart – if you are part of the folk rock movement, check em

North Mississippi Allstars – need no explanation

City and Colour – definitely worth your time

Cults – yeah, they could very well be the next big thing

Alexander – take a seat in the park and enjoy this performance

little hurricane – gritty blues that you’ll dig and Tone & CC are two of the nicest people in the world

Graffiti6 – chances are you’ve never heard of them but after seeing their set, you’ll be craving more and more

Electric Touch – I’ve been dying to see them perform, please someone go for me

Bobby Long – amazingly talented musician

Seth Walker – great singer, songwriter

Chancellor Warhol – one of my favorite performances at Bonnaroo, go check out this Tennessee kid

MilkDrive – just getting into these guys

The Lee Boys – if you want to get down with your bad self, check this show

Now Playing: Aloe Blacc – “I Need A Dollar” David Dann Remix

21 May

I love the original but this remix is pretty good too.

Glastonbury 2011 Line-up Announced!

14 Apr

Out of all the festivals this summer I really am starting to think that Glastonbury has the best line-up of them all.  June 24-26 this is going to be the place to be, just look at the poster below and your jaw will drop.  Insane!

I mean the main two stages include: U2, Coldplay, Beyoncé, Morrissey, Elbow, Pendulum, Biffy Clyro, Paolo Nutini, Plan B, B.B. King, Tinie Tempah, Paul Simon, Wu Tang, Clan Rumer, Laura Marling, Two Door Cinema Club, The Gaslight Anthem, Don McLean, Metronomy, Tame Impala, The Low Anthem, The Master Musicians of Joujouka Stornoway, Fisherman’s Friends,   Primal Scream, The Chemical Brothers, Queens of the Stone Age, Mumford and Sons, White Lies, Kaiser Chiefs, Fleet Foxes , Friendly Fires, The Eels, Bright Eyes, Jimmy Eat World, TV on the Radio, The Wombats, The Kills, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Vaccines, Jessie J, The Noisettes, The Naked and The Famous, Twilight Singers, Cold War Kids, Brother Treetop Flyers, Clare Maguire, Chipmunk,  Alice Gold and Dan Mangan.

Aloe Blacc Alternate Video For “I Need A Dollar”

23 Mar

Props to Las Vegas CityLife A&E Editor Mike Prevatt and his blog item yesterday on Aloe Blacc found here.  Earlier this year Mr. Blacc spent four nights performing at Book & Stage over at the brand new Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and during his time in the desert he reshot the video for “I Need A Dollar.”  Love seeing his Book & Stage performances made it into the video and if you haven’t had a chance to see Mr. Blacc perform live please make sure it’s on your list of artists to see, he’s that good.

(apologies but Sony Music blocks the video from playing on the site so just click the link in the screen below)

In Vegas? You MUST See Aloe Blacc This Weekend

21 Jan

Let me preface by saying Aloe Blacc is one heck of a showman exuding energy, a golden voice and flat out performs some of the best soul music around.  If you’ve missed his performances the past two nights at Book & Stage at Cosmopolitan, make sure you do yourself a favor and head over there tonight and tomorrow.  Showtimes are at 10 p.m. and midnight.

Last night Mr. Blacc was also on CONAN performing “I Need A Dollar,” check out the clip below so you know what you are in for.

2010 In Music: Some of My Favorites

29 Dec

These are in no particular order (except for the first one with good reason) because there is so much good music and moments to capture and look back on in 2010.  I know I have forgotten some and welcome your additions but here are some are of my favorites from the past 365 days.

DoYouHearTheMusic.com – simply because I finally did it and started my own blog.  For me it was a huge accomplishment and I only hope that if you are reading this you found some new music to listen to. Looking forward to adding and improving the site next year

Temper Trap – the Australians blew up in the US in 2010, headlining tours, “Sweet Disposition” being remixed into one of the best electronic songs, “Fader” taking off on the charts, etc.

Chiddy Bang – “Opposite of Adults” – what can I say, I dig these guys and I just hope more people give them a listen in 2011

Fitz & The Tantrums – the second half of my 2010 was dedicated to this band.  I am in love with their sound and can’t wait to see them live

ImWithTheDJ.com – can always count on my friends’ blog for fun, inspiring and another side of music, posts

Tinie Tempah – not only is he one of the hottest artists across the pond but Tinie Tempah is quickly making his way to the US with his hit song, “Miami 2 Ibiza” ft. Swedish House Mafia

Tinchy Stryder – Another UK hip-hop act who should get some crossover into the US in 2011

Laidback Luke – What can I not say about this guy, he’s incredible.  Three songs he remixed in 2010 that stick out to me: Calvin Harris – “You Use To Hold Me,” Robyn – “Indestructible” and of course Wynter Gordon – “Dirty Talk” (hands down one of the BEST songs of the year)

Vampire Weekend – if these guys were big before, Contra made them a global brand

Kings of Leon – I’ve been a fan of KoL for as long as they’ve been a band and Come Around Sundown reminds me of their original works.  One of my favorite tracks of the year “Back Down South” I hope gains mainstream airplay

Brandon Flowers – went solo in 2010 and wow did he impress.  Much more than I ever imagined he would.  Bravo

Trombone Shorty – have you heard “Show Me Something Beautiful”

Dave Matthews Band – after announcing that they were taking 2011 off, I knew I had to see DMB as much as I could in 2010 and to me, they sounded incredible.  So good it hurts to know they are taking next year off

LCD Soundsystem – wow, these guys rocketed to the top of the charts in 2010 and to be completely honest, the show I saw at the Pearl at Palms in Las Vegas, one of the best concerts of the year

That two DJ friends of mine have opened sneaker boutiques in Las Vegas- DJ Vice’s CRSVR inside the Cosmopolitan and DJ Ikon’s Feature off Spring Mountain/Jones

Bobby Long – getting set for a big release in 2011 and big things to come.  He was one of the big surprises for me during Mile High Music Festival

Pepper at HRH – always guarantee a good time when going to see Pepper Live and once again they rocked the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas poolside to a HUGE crowd.

“One” – Swedish House Mafia – not much to elaborate on this except the BIGGEST song of the Summer 2010

Wolfgang Gartner – with a half filled nightclub, those who made it out to Vanity at the Hard Rock Hotel this summer were treated to one of the best DJ sets

Mark Ronson – “Bang Bang Bang

Dave Matthews Band – “Write A Song” Live – this has quickly become one of my top DMB songs and hearing it live cemented its place for good

Taio Cruz – “Dynamite” – this song is club gold. The reactions when this song is played is right up there with “I’ve Got a Feeling,” “Just Dance,” “Since You’ve Been Gone” and the likes where people go absolutely insane for it.

DJ Khaled – “All I Do Is Win”

Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP – “We No Speak Americano”  – took some time but gained serious momentum in the second half of 2010

Roger Sanchez – “2gether” – what a remix and breath of fresh air

Edward Maya – “Stereo Love”

Michael Franti – Sound of Sunshine – Love me some Michael frantic but his latest disc was a real surprise for me and I am forever grateful to have had this as a soundtrack to my summer

Kanye West – “Power” – forget how good his whole album is, “Power” is my jam

Lupe Fiasco ft John Legend – “Never Forget You” – what a song and definitely some lyrics you should pay attention to

Jimmy Cliff – seeing the legend perform live at Mile High Music Festival was one of the best musical highlights of my life.  Man still has it and I could listen to him perform any day

Miike Snow – wow the surge to stardom keeps rising for these guys

Dr. Luke – this guy produces hit after hit after hit.  I mean Katy, Perry, Ke$ha, Eminem, etc. all have top hits because of him

Cee Lo – what can’t he do?

B.o.B. – his debut disc is flat out phenomenal

Biffy Clyro – keep an eye out for these Scottish rockers

Graffiti6 – love love love

Good Shoes – English band you have no excuse not to listen to

Duck Sauce – The team of A-Trak and Armand van Helden make you wonder where the musical boundaries are going to be pushed to next

Pirate Radio on DVD – this is one of my favorite movies of all time and definitely a great music flick

The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St. rerelease – it still amazes me what they are able to do today with remastering original recordings

Treme – what a great job HBO did with this series.  Can’t wait for season two

Gorillaz – Plastic Beach

Yeasayer – “Ambling Alp” one of my favorite tracks of the year

D.W. Brandt – “Some Fantasy” another amazing track this year

Drake – what else can you say about this guy and “Over” with the Dead Prez beat SICK

Wavves

Eliza Doolittle

The Crookes

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon because of The Roots as the house band – did you see the performances?

Mumford and Sons – my tip of the hat to CC for the good look before these guys struck it big

Maccabees – just check em out

Aerosmith – finally getting to see these guys live and good thing I did since Steven Tyler broke up the band for American Idol

Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger – one of the most fun concerts I’ve ever attended and well worth $31

Friendly Fires – another band you haven’t heard of

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

Rehab at Hard Rock Hotel

The music program at Wet Republic – just do a search for the recap of all the artists

The Dirty Dutch invasion – DJ Chuckie crushed it

Afrojack – monster year and now has a Vegas residency

David Gray – never lets you down

Aloe Blacc – How To Make It In America on HBO pushed him to mainstream and “I Need A Dollar” isn’t even his best work (did you catch Kid Cudi the actor?!)

David Guetta and Kid Cudi – “Memories”

Discovering Blue King Brown

John Butler Trio – April Uprising – hands down one of the best albums of the year

The Parties- Coast Garde

Donvavon Frankenreiter – “Glow” – I’ve been a Donavon fan since the first time I saw/heard him opening for G. Love at Hob Sunset Strip and anytime he has new music out, I don’t even have to wonder, I just know it’s good music

Subway Sessions – really really cool concept

Chromeo teaming up with Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend on the track “I Could Be Wrong”

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – if you haven’t listened to her, you are missing out

The Black Keys – finally hit stardom

Elton John and Leon Russell – The Union

The Gaslight Anthem – back with their third LP, the Jersey rockers killed it again

Calvin Harris

Gyptian – “Hold Yuh” – the original is wonderful but the Major Lazer remix is awesome

Hot Chip

Mile High Music Festival – a great two days with an insane amount of top tier bands to see