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Disclosure Announce US Tour
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US fam rejoice! Summer can’t come sooner because Disclosure are about to grace us with their presence in May. What’s better: in addition to their multiple appearances they’re bringing along the likes of DJ Seinfeld, Carl Craig, Jay Daniel, Four Tet, and more at select dates.

Omg the Brooklyn show is gonna be outdoors at Brooklyn Mirage which means the sun will be on my skin finally 😭😭😭I’m legit losing my mind this winter.

Dates and ticket links below! Tickets go on sale tomorrow (3/15) at 10AM local time!!

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5/12/2019 - Bakersfield, CA - Lighting In A Bottle Festival

5/16/2019 - Atlanta, GA -  Ravine -  (w/ guest DJ Seinfeld) - [TICKETS]                       

5/17/2019  -  Miami, FL - Club Space - (w/ guest DJ Seinfeld) [TICKETS]                                                                

5/18/2019  -  Brooklyn, NY  - Brooklyn Mirage - (w/ guests Carl Craig, DJ Seinfeld, Jay Daniel) - [TICKETS]                  

5/23/2019 - Washington, DC -  Echostage - w/ guest DJ Seinfeld) [TICKETS]

5/24/2019 - Lakewood, PA - BangON! Elements Campout   

5/25/2019 - Detroit, MI  - Movement Electronic Music Festival

5/26/2019 - Las Vegas, NV - Encore Beach Club              TICKETS

5/27/2019 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre  - (w/ guests Four Tet, Leon Vynehall b2b Axel Boman, DJ Seinfeld)    [TICKETS]

[Interview] Goo Goo Dolls Bassist Robby Takac: "Life's Good In The Bubble, Man"
Robby Takac @ Beacon Theatre 10/15/2018. Photo credit: Angela Cranford/MSG Photos

Robby Takac @ Beacon Theatre 10/15/2018. Photo credit: Angela Cranford/MSG Photos

After speaking with Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac the Friday before their show at Beacon Theater as part of their 20th Anniversary Dizzy Up The Girl Tour, I can confirm that he is indeed Some Kind of Awesome. The music community, not just Goo Goo Dolls, are truly beyond blessed to have someone so passionate about music the way that he is. In addition to his rhythmic duties in a band whose career spans across more than three decades, he's also been running the music non-profit Music Is Art and the boutique record label Good Charamel Records for over 15 years in addition to owning the recording studio GCR Audio in his hometown of Buffalo, New York. "You know, owning a recording studio is very akin to owning a boat," Takac jokes over the phone last Friday, "You do it because you enjoy it. It's not necessarily a cash cow, that's for sure."

Some people would find keeping themselves so busy to be exhausting, especially given the extensive amount of touring that Goo Goo Dolls do (including the tour they’re currently on), but it actually has the opposite sort of effect on Takac. "All these things, Music Is Art included," he explains, "helps to exercise parts of my brain, my emotions, my creativity, that probably might have driven me crazy to not be able to exercise." 

He went on to detail the beginnings of the Goo Goo Dolls from a business standpoint, " We did everything, you know, Johnny [Rzeznik] and I did 30 years ago. Everything. We had this hilarious briefcase that we used to carry around with us like all our papers, and it was pretty much our whole world was in that briefcase." As the band became more popular obviously the briefcase became an inefficient form of handling the band's business."Little by little we let started letting go of parts," he recounted, "It took many many years, but since then we found people who did it better (...) and all these people took a little piece of what we did in the beginning and started doing a much better job of it, but that didn't mean that those things weren't still inside me, you know, clamoring to be exercised, and so I think that that's why I still keep up with all of this stuff. Because it allows me to be better at being in the Goo Goo Dolls if that makes sense at all."

Of his three side passions, Music Is Art is by far his biggest focus outside of the Goo Goo Dolls. The most admirable part about his approach to the non-profit is his acknowledgement for the need for art/music comes from personal experience. As he shared:

"(...) There are some people (and I was one of them) whose lives could not be shaped correctly if they weren't exposed to these things because that's just where your mind operates. Their minds don't operate in the classroom all that well. You know, they're not debate team folks. They're not gonna star on the college basketball team or even be able to dribble a ball for that matter, you know? BUT, you put a paint brush or a guitar in their hand and they realize that they can move on. So they have that. I think if you rob young people of that then you're really doing an unbelievable disservice to a huge amount of kids out there." 

"(...) There are some people (and I was one of them) whose lives could not be shaped correctly if they weren't exposed to these things because that's just where your mind operates. Their minds don't operate in the classroom all that well. You know, they're not debate team folks. They're not gonna star on the college basketball team or even be able to dribble a ball for that matter, you know? BUT, you put a paint brush or a guitar in their hand and they realize that they can move on. So they have that. I think if you rob young people of that then you're really doing an unbelievable disservice to a huge amount of kids out there." 

To be clear, Music Is Art does incredible things for the music community. In addition to its yearly cornerstone event, the Music Is Art festival, which boasted 20 stages this year, they also organize a variety of battles of the bands both in corporate and public settings. Most importantly, they've been doing instrument drives and to date have donated a half of a million dollars worth of both new and refurbished instruments to schools and communities in the Maryvale School District in Buffalo, New York. While the organization never has an issue with finding volunteers from both musicians and the general public, even with it's rockstar affiliation they share the same struggles that arts-centered not for profits have when it comes to funding. "The hard part is actually keeping it going, you know," he admitted, "and all the realities that you have to face when you go to a lawyer or an accountant. As the festival grows bigger it becomes more and more of a responsibility."

It's not often that I get to speak with someone who has been in the business of music for as long as Takac has, so obviously the conversation drifted to technology. Like any music lover who was  actively collecting music pre-iPod, living in this new era of streaming services is the biggest change in music that has him buzzing with excitement. "(...)Coming from a guy who collected records when I was younger like that is MIND BLOWING man.(...)If you and I are talking about something I could play it for you right now just on my phone. That is MIND BLOWING. Seriously." 

He also had nice things to say about our friend The Algorithm™. He even shared that Discover Weekly had gotten him into The Heavy and Beach Slang recently. He raved, "(...) The ability for Spotify to build algorithms and like expose you to things that it's discovering that you might like, I think that's unbelievable." A kindred spirit, he too has mixed feelings about how algorithms like Discover Weekly are lessening the emotional connection that is made between people when they share music with each other. "(...)It's a little bit sad because I used to have those same experiences but I would have it with my friend Gary Sperrazza down at Apollo Records in Buffalo, or I would have it down at The Record Mine with my friend Dave, you know? It's sad that human interaction is taken from it, but I think the resources that are at hand with music is just unbelievable." 

Another big difference is obviously the way social media has shaken up the music landscape. To an extent Goo Goo Dolls were pioneers in the early age of fan interaction, dating back to the early America OnLine days. Now the band has amassed a massive online fan base, with over 3 million fans on Facebook at the time of print. When they started, fan engagement was primarily about promoting a single, album, or tour. These days Takac observed that having a digital presence has a different impact on musicians, specifically when it comes to access. "You know, we always laugh about guys like Jimmy Page, like you've got this image of Jimmy Page living in his castle somewhere, you know, like whatever," he observed, "Or this weird image of what Led Zepplin was like or all of these bands cause there was a mystique to them, but this current social atmosphere of immediacy, you can't really be that way anymore." He's also a realist when it comes to fans having their smartphones at concerts, as he noted, "It's all out there and it's all out there in unprofessional, unairbrushed, you know, like 'here's our pimples' kinda world. It's changed."

In Takac's mind the archetype for the modern day musician on social media is Kanye West. He further clarified: 

"Kanye makes some cool music but like it's not so much about that with him, you know? A little bit of it is, but it's more about everything else, you know it's about his social media. It's about his wife. It's about his wife's family. It's about their TV show. It's about his sneakers. It's about like all these things that the music is sort of in the background as something that he sort of does, you know? It's why he's such a big star, 'cause I don't think the music can make you that big of a star anymore... It's all this stuff, you know, that figures in now that, you know, didn't figure in when I was thinking about Jimmy Page in his castle. I never thought about any of that stuff with him. He was just that dude in Zepplin. That's what he did, you know? It's way more than that now."

I don't think the music can make you that big of a star anymore...

Things that are also very different than when Robby and Johnny started Goo Goo Dolls over thirty years ago: the two are both sober, with Robby over ten years sober and Johnny around four years sober. It's easy to assume that backstage while on tour is packed with opportunities to slip back into substance abuse, but Takac was quick to shut that fallacy down:

"It is what you make it," he said, "It's your bubble man. You're in a bubble when you're out here [on tour] but it's your bubble. Like we say 'life's good in the bubble, man'. You know, for a lot you get to choose what's there and what's not, you know? So we just kind of keep it sane back there, and there's not a lot of parties and that kind of stuff. Not that there's not but there's not a lot."

Like we say 'life's good in the bubble, man'.

While they've admittedly had a few decades to get heavy partying out of their system, it was refreshing to hear that there are legacy musicians that acknowledge their ability to be personally responsible for the toxicity level of their touring environment. These days Takac's number one tour essential is his teapot, which is his way to bring a piece of home with him while he's out on the extensive touring schedules with Goo Goo Dolls. "It's just you need those kinds of things to keep you warm, you know, keep you happy," he offered, "It's tough but you try to get a little bit out here." 

Make sure you catch Robby Takac with Goo Goo Dolls while they're still out on their 20th Anniversary Dizzy Up The Girl tour. I can attest that it is an energy packed night that you won't want to miss even if you're a casual fan. 

This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.

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[SONG OF THE DAY] Whethan (feat. Honne) - "Radar"
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As if Chicago’s Whethan couldn’t be any more of one of my new favorites, he goes and collabs with my HONNE hunnies for his latest track, “Radar”, resulting in vibes that make you feel like you’re getting serenaded to at a rave in the best possible way. HONNE already has what it takes to keep your hips constantly shaking, but then you factor in Whethan’s signature wonky wobbles and heavy bass into the mix, resulting in your body suddenly being unable to sit still for 3 minutes and change. It’s a shame this came out literally at the end of the summer because this song was built for dancing on rooftops until the sun goes down.

“Radar” comes from Whethan’s forthcoming project Life Of A Wallflower Vol. 1. In the spirit of celebrating this project, Whethan has hit the road making the rounds in the US through the end of October. Dates and more info below!

“LIFE OF A WALLFLOWER” TOUR DATES

For more information: http://lifeofawallflower.whethan.com/

Sept 25 – Boston, MA @ Royale

Sept 26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel

Sept 27 – New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place

Sept 28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit Hall

Sept 29 – Columbus, OH @ Skully's

Oct 2 – Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club

Oct 3 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre

Oct 4 – Madison, WI @ The Sylvee

Oct 5 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall

Oct 6 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall

Oct 7 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre

Oct 9 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

Oct 12 – Seattle, WI @ Showbox SoDo

Oct 13 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom

Oct 14 – Portland, ME @ Wonder Ballroom

Oct 16 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Fremont Theater

Oct 17 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Club

Oct 18 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre

Oct 19 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory

Oct 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo

Oct 21 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park

Oct 27 – Honolulu, HI @ The Republik

[SONG OF THE DAY] Big Data - "Monster (feat. Jamie Lidell)"
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I. Am. So. Happy. These. Dudes. Collaborated. Again. 

Y'all remember the awesomeness that was "Clean" off of Big Data's 2.0, which featured vocal stylings of now Nashville-based powerhouse Jamie Lidell. Well the two have teamed up to REALLY own the Black Mirror pop genre that I playfully invented when "See Through" materialized a few months back. I happened to be starting in on the mini stack of books that Big Data mastermind Alan Wilkis has been casually recommending via his Instagram stories, starting with his #1 recommendation: Life 3.0 Being Human In The Age of Artificial Intelligence  just as "Monster" dropped on Friday. 

Y'all.

The second I got to the chorus of "Monster" I couldn't grab that book fast enough. First of all, I was covered in goosebumps because this first person narrative as sung by Lidell is the kind of story that technologists everywhere : creating technology that we later deeply regret because it ends up being really harmful to mankind. We are definitely living in peak "just because we can make it, SHOULD we make it?" era right now. It's very obvious (and honestly really comforting) that Wilkis has spent a great deal of time pondering this about various technologies we're semi-normalizing in culture and giving us plenty to reconsider before blindly believing that every technological advance is inherently good for us. 

Suffice it to say, every second that I have downtime I am reading that book. Already two chapters in I'm already starting to gain a deeper understanding of the concerns Wilkis' has. It's made me hope that other Big Data fans get curious and equally concerned about our future. 

We're currently 3 songs deep into 3.0's album cycle with no concrete release date in sight, BUT our favorite data driven dude will be hitting the road as he headlines the Sirius XM Alt Nation tour starting in mid-October, so my Kibbe-sense says we'll probably have the whole shebang by then. 

Also in 310 pages I will be making our impending interview official, so know that's coming too. 

BIG DATA Tour Dates:

October 14th - Shelter - Detroit, MI

October 15th - HiFi - Indianapolis, IN

October 16th - Chop Suey - Chicago, IL

October 18th - Rumba - Columbus, OH

October 19th - Cambridge Room @ HOB - Cleveland, OH

October 21st - Space Ballroom - Hamden, CT

October 22nd - Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA

October 23rd - Foundry - Philadelphia, PA

October 24th - Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY

October 25th - Songbyrd - Washington, DC

October 27th -  Underground - Charlotte, NC

October 28th - The Cowan - Nashville, TN

October 30th - Cambridge Room @ HOB - Dallas, TX

October 31st - Bronze Peacock @ HOB - Houston, TX

November 1st - Antone’s - Austin, TX

November 2nd - Lowbrow Palace - El Paso, TX

November 4th - Valley Bar - Phoenix, AZ

November 5th - Voodoo Room @ HOB - San Diego, CA

November 6th - Resident - Los Angeles, CA

November 7th - Chapel - San Francisco, CA

November 9th - Dante’s (Take Warning) - Portland, OR

November 10th - Chop Suey - Seattle, WA

[SONG OF THE DAY] Vacationer - "Magnetism"
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Not sure how I missed that Vacationer was putting out another album but now that I'm up to speed and #blessed to have found the album sitting in my inbox I am happy to report that June 22, the release date for Mindset, is going to be one of the loveliest days of your life. Since I'm still trying to find a better rhythm for SOTD and ease myself back into updating a lot in general, I'm not sure if I'll get to a full review of this album. In spite of that, I will tell you that I have been reaching for this record a lot because listening to it just makes me feel lighter. When approaching this record, Vacationers Ken Vasoli said, "I wrote about concepts that would hopefully benefit my mental wellbeing." So like....he fucking nailed it...at least for me. When it comes to "Magnetism" specifically, there's this dizzying and somewhat hazy energy to the song that is reminiscent of what it's like when you first fall in love with someone. 

Be sure to check out the other singles they've dropped from Mindset. "Strawberry Blonde" and "Being Here" are both equally magical. As if you weren't already in an excellent mindset from, "Magnetism", I have even more good news for you: the band will be hitting the road in July with Sego! That's going to be such a nice pairing! Definitely worth every penny for tickets. 

Vacationer Tour Dates

07.13 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

07.14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

07.15 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

07.17 - Toronto, ON @ The Drake

07.18 - Columbus, OH @ The Basement

07.19 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall

07.20 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Salon

07.21 - St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club

07.22 - Kansas City, MO @ recordBar

07.24 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge

07.25 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge

07.27 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

07.28 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret

07.29 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile

07.31 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

08.02 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room

08.03 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom

08.04 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah

08.05 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar

08.07 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf

08.09 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada

08.10 - Austin, TX @ Antone's Nightclub

08.11 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (upstairs)

08.12 - New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa

08.14 - Orlando, FL @ The Social

08.15 - Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl

08.16 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle

08.17 - Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall 

[SONG OF THE DAY] Bob Moses - "Heaven Only Knows"
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Here's the thing, if someone sends you anything by Bob Moses it's definitely an invitation for sex. If someone merely brings up Bob Moses with you in conversation, they have probably thought about having sex with you, or at the very least making out with you. These are just the facts, which you can prove true for yourself with their latest single, "Heaven Only Knows", which was released earlier this week. Obviously remember that consent is key for everyone to have fun, but if you've been looking for a song to seal the deal with, suffice it to say your search is absolutely over.

If you're hoping to take things to the next level with your lover in the coming months , the band will be heading out on a North American tour in September with a one-off date near the end of this month in NY so if you'd like to see me swoon be sure to come out. 

Bob Moses 2018 Tour Dates: 

Jun.  24 - Montauk, NY - Surf Lodge

Sept. 21 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades

Sept. 22 - San Francisco, CA - Fox Theater

Sept. 24 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom

Sept. 25 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom

Sept. 26 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theater

Sept. 27 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Concert House

Sept. 28 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Metro

Sept. 29 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre (Click here for tickets)

Oct. 2 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room

Oct. 3 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater

Oct. 4 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall

Oct. 5 - Las Vegas, NV - Encore Beach Club

Oct. 6 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall

Oct. 7 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre

Oct. 9 - Boston, MA - Paradise

Oct. 10 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer

Oct. 11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

Oct. 12 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel (Click here for tickets)

Oct. 15 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle

Oct. 16 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West

Oct. 17 - New Orleans, LA - Republic

Oct. 18 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall

Oct. 19 - Austin, TX - Emo’s

Oct. 20 - Dallas, TX - Trees

Oct. 23 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace

Oct. 24 - Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf

Oct. 25 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren

Nov. 2 - Mexico City, MX - Auditorio Blackberry

Nov. 16 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium

The Streets Announce April 2018 UK Shows -- YES REALLY
Now YOU can't unsee my all time favorite photograph of Mike Skinner either. lol.

Now YOU can't unsee my all time favorite photograph of Mike Skinner either. lol.

YEAH. 

YOU READ THE DAMN HEADLINE. 

I am losing my goddamn mind right now. 

Earlier today Mike Skinner announced via Instagram that him and The Streets boys will be reuniting for a string of UK shows in April 2018. 

I do not wish to be a person to say I have any regrets in life, but damn my heart sure did shatter when they split and I hadn't been able to make it to any of their US shows. 

This sliver of hope is giving me this itch to do something crazy come this Friday (the 13th) like grab a pair or two now and figure out plane tickets and silly things like that later. 

Oh lorde, I feel like I'm out of my mind. 

Would you go? 

[Video] Gold Class - "Twist In The Dark" (Official Video)
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Aussie rockers Gold Class have delivered a one-two punch today. In addition to unveiling the video for their latest single, "Twist In The Dark", the band also announced their sophomore album, Drum, which drops on August 18th via felte. "Twist In The Dark" follows up the song that initially sold me on them, "Kids On Fire", and packs one hell of a wallop to your eardrums. 

I knew from the second The Algorithm™ delivered them to me that Gold Class had the potential to be fast-tracked into being SKOA Fam. After reading the statement from singer and lyricist Adam Curley about his motivation behind the album, well, you read this excerpt and tell me this isn't the kind of band you want to go all in behind: 

"I knew what the purpose of the album would be when I wrote the repeated line in 'Get Yours': 'There’s none left here and all I need.' I wanted it to be a record of defiance, a resistance to the idea of scrambling for a place at a table that wasn’t set for you. A sort of a love letter to anyone who not only can’t meet the standard but doesn’t want to. I wanted it to be a record of rage and ecstasy and endless nights and sex and dumb fun and ventures in solidarity. Not just an album of urgency and longing, but one of abandon and a reclaiming of a self beyond boundaries."

No word yet if the band from down under will be reenacting the below performance based music video on US soil AKA touring any time soon, but you kids in Europe will be able to catch them in September at their handful of tour dates. 

GOLD CLASS TOUR DATES

09.20-23 Hamburg, DE @ Reeperbahn Festival

09.23 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord

09.26 London, UK @ Moth Club