Monthly Archives: October 2015

Anderson .PAAK Unveil Virtual Reality Company’s First Live Performance Recording


DrDre Protege - Anderson .PAAK, joined by his band The Free Nationals, Unveil Virtual Reality Company’s First Live Performance Recording




On October 27th, critically acclaimed artist, Anderson.PAAK and his band The Free Nationals unveiled the first live recorded virtual reality performance.


The industry showcase and VIP reception, hosted by The Virtual Reality Company (VRC) and music collective Steel Wool Entertainment, debuted VRC’s virtual reality live performance experience technology.


VRC captures live music performances for distribution in virtual reality - think your favorite live concert meets IMAX 3D. Guests and celebs, including Schoolboy Q and Omarion, enjoyed first hand demonstrations of this innovative technology with a live performance by singer/songwriter Anderson .PAAK and band The Free Nationals Live.





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LION BABE Live Performace at Glamour Magazine Full Moon Bazaar at Skybar Mondrian LA

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SKYBAR at Mondrian Los Angeles and Glamour Magazine hosted hundreds of Angeleno’s for an exclusive rendition of the popular monthly boutique shopping experience, FULL MOON BAZAAR, hosted at LA’s hottest backyard venue and featuring a soulful performance over dusty hip-hop beats from New York showstoppers LION BABEConstantly embracing polarity, mixing and matching sounds and visuals to create something new and unique, exiting and powerful – the group is currently on tour supporting DISCLOSURE.

Art of Cool Announces 2016 Lineup | Durham


Coming off of a strong sophomore year, The Art of Cool Festival gears up to announce its third year festival lineup on October 22nd. The festival will make the announcement during the Caramel City performance at The Pour House Music Hall in Raleigh, on October 22nd.

Saxophonist Terrace Martin, best known for his production of Kendrick Lamar’s ​To Pimp a Butterfly​ album, is scheduled to headline the October 22nd performance. The 2016 lineup includes the legendary Terence Blanchard headlining on Friday (May 6th, 2016) at the Carolina Theatre. This presentation is in partnership with The Sol Kitchen.

Festival favorites Thundercat and Moonchild will reappear on next year’s lineup, and AOC favorite Kamasi Washington is also set to perform. The Internet, part of the Odd Future Records label, will headline at the Carolina Theatre on Saturday, along with underground soul luminary Dwele.

Other artists of mention include Nicholas Payton, Taylor McFerrin, Kendrick Scott, and JD Allen. The Supreme Sound Band, presented by Revive Music/Blue Note Records, will commandeer the PSI Theater for a two night stand May 6 7, 2016. They will present artists from the record label including Derrick Hodge, Brandee Younger and Marcus Strickland.

The 2016 festival will focus not only on entertainment but also education. North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Ira Wiggins and NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Lenora Helm Hammonds will kick off the entire festival on Friday, May 6th at The Carolina Theatre before Mr. Blanchard’s performance.

Vocalist Charanee Wade will be the featured guest vocalist for NCCU’s opening presentation. NCCU will also host the official late night jazz jam sessions at Beyu Caffe on May 6th and 7th from 12pm 2am. Also kicking off the festival will be a showcase performance from our stArt of Cool All Star Band. StArt of Cool is AOC’s jazz education program for 3rd 8th grade Durham youth.

2016’s festival will also be a fundraiser for the stArt of Cool program. Etix will donate $1 to Start of Cool for every festival ticket sold. “For 2016, we’ve carefully curated content to appeal to both the young and young at heart,” states co founder Cicely Mitchell. “We want Art of Cool to be that voice of new music that lets listeners fall in love with a new sound they may have not discovered on their own. We also want the community to learn more about our jazz education program, stArt of Cool, and see our kids shine as they kickoff the entire festival.”

2016’s ticketing options have changed slightly from the previous two years. Patrons will be able to see all performances by purchasing a VIP ticket, or can purchase ​a la carte​ with the option of single headliner and club pass tickets. Single and All Access day passes are only available under the VIP experience for 2016. Noted AOCFEST past performers include Anthony Hamilton, Robert Glasper, Roy Ayers, Snarky Puppy, and BadBadNotGood.

All tickets, including club passes and single day VIP packages, will go on sale Oct. 22 as well. Patrons can purchase headliner tickets to see Terence Blanchard, Dwele/The Internet via TicketMaster or Carolina Theatre Box Office. All other passes are available via eTix on the official festival website ( PRESS: Lineup should not be disclosed until 10pm EST on 10/22/2015. We appreciate your adherence to this request.

The Art of Cool Project is a 501(c)(3) jazz presenting non profit organization that strives to cross artistic, economic and social boundaries to bring together a diverse mix of people, cultures, experiences and creativity.

Give a Beat LAUNCHES 10/24/15 [music, social justice]


Give a Beat Presents A Positive Spin: Remixed

A Global Launch Event for the New Non-Profit 

At Impact Hub LA in DTLA

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Galvanizing the Music Community to Create Tangible

Social Change in an Age of Mass Incarceration

Give a Beat is a California-based 501c3 organization that provides music lovers with a dedicated channel for activism and philanthropy, while facilitating change in the face of inequality. Serving as a catalyst for tangible social change by bridging global electronic dance music culture with youth and families impacted by incarceration, the non-profit:

• Partners with youth organizations to provide impactful music workshops

• Shares inspirational stories that demonstrate the transformative power of music

• Creates a mentorship and entrepreneurial program for previously incarcerated individuals

• Generates gift-giving campaigns for exonerated individuals and their families

Give a Beat is a community of music lovers, musicians, artists, activists, promoters, and entrepreneurs that cares about the current state of domestic affairs and wants to create tangible opportunities to make a significant impact on vulnerable communities around the United States. Music is the organization’s inspiration, mode of communication, and conduit for change. The organization draws on the positive elements of dance music culture, a community that fosters peace, love, compassion, understanding, and unity by celebrating music together.


Supporters include Creative Visions FoundationElectronic Music Alliance (EMA), Everyone Deserves a Chance, FusicologyUniversal RhythmAmoeba Records, Impact Hub LA, Pattern Bar, Scratch DJ Academy, SubPacGreen Galactic, and Jordan Strong.



Flying Lotus Releases ‘You’re Dead!’ Deluxe, Instrumentals Available Digitally

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Part of the fun following Flying Lotus is that you never know what’s coming next. So while we all wait impatiently for his next moves, why not revisit the last time he changed the game.

“The album isn’t about the end, it’s really the beginning. It’s a celebration of the next experience. It’s the transition and the confusion.” Quite.

About You’re Dead!:

You’re Dead! is a shamanic pilgrimage into the psychedelic unknown of the infinite afterlife. A sonic, visual and metaphysical fusion of technological innovation and technical virtuosity that amounts to a transcendent, mind-expanding plasm that could only exist between our world and another.

The enduring universe of Lotus’ supporting cast has expanded and evolved to feature in order of appearance, Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Captain Murphy, Snoop Dogg, Angel Deradoorian, Thundercat, Niki Randa, alongside mindblowing original artwork by Japanese comic book artist Shintaro Kago.

“Ellison makes the boldest, most fully engaged fusion of the hip-hop-laptop era.” - Rolling Stone

“Flying Lotus Confronts Death” - The FADER Cover Story

“Distinctly modern brew of hip-hop, footwork, and fusion that’s kinetic and vibrant.” - Pitchfork

“It doesn’t take long to find Flying Lotus’ heard. He puts it out there musically through his otherworldly blend of psych-jazz, EDM and hip-hop.” - Pitchfork

“…crisp, almost intoxicating production…” - XXL

“…an electronic opus of irreducible ambition and immersive detail.” - New York Times

“Ellison has demonstrated an uncanny ability to meld musical abstraction with hard percussion, veering from mellow to face-meltingly psychedelic in a heartbeat.” - The FADER



You’re Dead! (Deluxe)
01. Theme
02. Tesla
03. Cold Dead
04. Fkn Dead
05. Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
06. Dead Man’s Tetris (feat. Captain Murphy & Snoop Dogg)
07. Turkey Dog Coma
08. Stirring
09. Coronus, the Terminator
10. Siren Song (feat. Angel Deradoorian)
11. Turtles
12. Ready err Not
13. Eyes Above
14. Moment of Hesitation
15. Descent Into Madness (feat. Thundercat)
16. The Boys Who Died in Their Sleep (feat. Captain Murphy)
17. Obligatory Cadence
18. Your Potential//The Beyond (feat. Niki Randa)
19. The Protest
20. Theme (Original Album Version)
21. Tesla (Original Album Version)
22. Cold Dead (Original Album Version)
23. Fkn Dead (Original Album Version)
24. Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar) (Instrumental)
25. Dead Man’s Tetris (feat. Captain Murphy & Snoop Dogg) (Instrumental)
26. Turkey Dog Coma (Original Album Version)
27. Stirring (Original Album Version)
28. Coronus, the Terminator (Instrumental)
29. Siren Song (feat. Deradoorian) (Instrumental)
30. Turtles (Original Album Version)
31. Ready err Not (Original Album Version)
32. Eyes Above (Original Album Version)
33. Moment of Hesitation (Original Album Version)
34. Descent Into Madness (feat. Thundercat) (Insrumental)
35. The Boys Who Died in Their Sleep (feat. Captain Murphy) (Instrumental)
36. Obligatory Cadence (Original Album Version)
37. Your Potential//The Beyond (feat. Niki Randa) (Instrumental)
38. The Protest (Instrumental)
39. Protector

Top photo by Tim Saccenti

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Support Breast Cancer Research & Win Hotel Package @ Mi Casa Holiday


In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in true Mi Casa Holiday spirit, we’re making the “It’s Her Turn” event even more impactful by raising funds for breast cancer research and giving away a hotel package  for two at the Royal Resort and Spa in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico for MCH Season 8, 2016!

Every $5 donation will give you a chance to win 5 days/4 nights at the beautiful Royal… But remember, just a $25 donation funds half an hour of research to prevent and cure breast cancer. So, donate $25 and receive 5 chances to win the hotel package and fund that half hour of much needed research. Help us reach our goal of $5,000!

With your help, we can continue supporting more than 200 of the world’s brightest researchers to fulfill our mission of ending breast cancer. And because 91 cents of each dollar we spend goes straight to research and awareness programs, you can be sure your money is making a difference.

The drawing will take place at Canibal Royal, Mi Casa Holiday during the “It’s Her Turn” event on October 9, 2015 in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.  Winner need not be present.

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