Monthly Archives: July 2016

Mac Miller enlists Anderson .Paak for new single + announces album




PHOTO: Mac Miller by G L Askew II

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After releasing his critically acclaimed GO:OD AM only 10 months ago, Mac Miller is back today to share the first taste of his forthcoming album The Divine Feminine. The album, which is set for release on September 16th via Warner Bros. Records, is being led out by the Anderson .Paak-assisted single “DANG!”. The track is available for download immediately when you pre-order The Divine Feminine here.

To coincide with the new single and forthcoming album, Mac is also announcing a headlining North American tour that will launch following a hometown Pittsburgh show, headlining performance at this year’s Los Angeles Fool’s Gold Day Off and appearance at the inaugural Meadows Music & Arts Festival in New York. Presale tickets and exclusive VIP Meet & Greet packages for the tour will be available for fans to purchase on Mac’s website starting at 10am local time, Wednesday, 8/3.

See below for more details about The Divine Feminine and Mac’s upcoming tour dates. Stay tuned for more Mac Miller news soon.


Mac Miller
The Divine Feminine
(Warner Bros. Records)
September 16, 2016
Tour Dates: 
9/18 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
9/25 Los Angeles, CA – Fool’s Gold Day Off
10/02 New York, NY – The Meadows Music & Arts Festival
10/15 Orlando, FL – Carnage Festival
10/17 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
10/18 Birmingham, AL – Iron City
10/19 Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre
10/21 Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
10/22 Nashville, TN – War Memorial Auditorium
10/23 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
10/25 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
10/26 Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre
10/27 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
10/29 Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium
10/31 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Ampitheater
11/01 Magna, UT – The Great Saltair
11/02 Boise, ID – Revolution Center
11/04 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
11/06 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
11/07 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
11/09 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
11/15 Tucson, AZ – The Rialto Theatre
11/16 Tempe, AZ –  The Marquee
11/19 Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
11/20 Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
11/21 Austin, TX – Emo’s
11/28 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
11/29 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
12/01 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Ballroom
12/02 Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room
12/03 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
12/05 Columbus, OH – Express Live Indoor Pavilion
12/06 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
12/08 Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
12/11 Boston, MA – House of Blues
12/13 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
12/16 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
12/17 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
12/18 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Sound Stage


Truth To Power: DNC16 – Art & Politics


Truth To Power ; DNC16 – Art & politics – Little Giant, Philly Mag ; Defeat Trump by any means

If you’re in Philadelphia for the DNC, make sure to check out #TruthToPower, Rock The Vote and #Cut50’s engaging pop-up art show, discussion salon and performance space, free and open to the public July 25-27! Along with 35+ national non-profits, we’ve given them our support and so should you!

Truth to Power is a large-scale pop-up art exhibition and cultural convening which will take place at 990 Spring Garden Street from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday, July 25th through Wednesday, July 27. Art installations, discussion panels, DJs, workshops and stage performances are all planned for the pop-up space. (See schedule of events here.)

“We’re co-producing Truth to Power — sponsored by Cut50 and Rock The Vote  — which features artwork from Tatyana FazlalizadehShepard FaireyRon English, plus 100 more,” said Tayyib Smith, founder of Little Giant Creative. “[There will be] panels, performances, and poetry. Some featured guests will be Van JonesRep. Keith EllisonBen Jealous and Rep. Barbara Lee.”

On the evening of Monday, July 25th, the opening party to kick off Truth to Power is rumored to be bringing big names — possibly Rosario Dawson and Aloe Blacc for example — to the site.

Both Truth to Power and another event Little Giant is producing  — “Make America RAW Again:‘s Pre-Convention Party,” which takes place at 30th Street Station on Sunday, July 24th — were shaped collaboratively.

“There’s a tight network of creatives from around the country who collaborate,” Smith said, “and share information for social justice and civic engagement projects.” Roxanne Cooper (formerly associate publisher at City Paper, now at Raw Story in San Francisco), Yosi Sergent from Task Force PR, and artist Shepard Fairey‘s manager, Lorrie Boula, are all folks with whom Smith has worked on numerous other projects over the years.

Smith isn’t an activist, just an engaged citizen who hopes that the effect of Truth to Power will be to “raise awareness about issues that need to be at the top of mind for our political representatives: Climate change, education, affordable housing, reforming our justice system, racial equality, ending private prisons, a fair and sensible living wage in order to stimulate the economy …  Stopping Trump! I could go on and on.”

“This is the most important election of our lifetime,” he said. “We are at the brink of progress in the American tradition, or we can take a step back … the equation is that simple.”

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Questlove Headlines Innovation Live Kickoff Party in Cleveland


Innovation Live ( announces their events at the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

Innovation Live unites the worlds of technology and politics — through a series of events, music concerts, and panel discussions that bring together the brightest minds in America’s startup community and our country’s most influential government policy makers.   

The multi-talented percussionist, music journalist, record producer, DJ and actor QUESTLOVE is set to headline The Innovation Live Kickoff Party this Sunday night at 10pm at Cleveland’s historic Tequila Ranch.  

Innovation Live will also host three days of conversations around innovation and public policy Tuesday 7.21 at Cleveland’s Drop Bar from 12pm to 6pm and at The Annenberg School of Communication at The University of Pennsylvania on 7.26 and 7.28 from 12pm to 6pm

Innovation Live is committed to providing startups with access to the resources and networks they need to succeed, while creating more jobs for Americans by stimulating and cultivating a growing American startup economy.

Launching a comprehensive series of entertaining and informative events at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, Innovation Live combines targeted, programmed events by day and brings together entrepreneurs, policymakers, celebrities, and VIPs to network, enjoy great music, and cultivate valuable relationships by night.

Current sponsors for Innovation Live include The University of Pennsylvania, Aemass VR, Fusicology, My Democracy, Lion Share Media, Springboard Enterprises, Merry Jane and A.G.E.

About Innovation Live

Innovation Liveis the premiere platform at the DNC and RNC 2016 that brings together the worlds of media, technology, innovation, and public policy. Through a series of events during The Democratic and Republican National Conventions Innovation Live builds on the technology footprint developed through past conventions to establish the premier convergence point at The DNC and RNC for statesmen, technologists, and celebrities to engage in conversation and to celebrate America’s culture of Innovation.

Innovation Live seeks to create long lasting and actionable relationships to optimize America’s laws and public policy regarding innovation across multiple disciplines including STEM education, Diversity, Entrepreneurship, Climate Change, Foreign Policy, Media, and Women’s issues.

Learn more at

RBMA Radio Re-Launches with Guest Artist & Journalist Hosts


YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS. Red Bull Music Academy’s RBMA Radio has re-launched as a 24-hour linear broadcasting service with programming from six continents, bringing local music scenes from across the world to you. Tune in now on the web at, or download the app for iOS and Android phones.


RBMA Radio celebrates the best in music and culture with hosts you know and respect, from artists like Tune-Yards, Earl Sweatshirt, Kindness, Chelsea Wolfe, DâM-FunK, Mixpak and Teklife to music journalists and longtime Academy team members like Vivian Host and Shawn Reynaldo, hip hop scholar Andrew Noz (Cocaine Blunts), Frosty (Dublab) and Sam Hockley-Smith (New York Times Magazine, The FADER). Whether it’s the latest dancehall out of Kingston, techno from Berlin or old soul gems – you’ll know what you were looking for when you hear it.


The team behind RBMA Radio searches the world to find the greatest music and seek out the stories that will challenge, entertain and inspire you. Among the 40-plus new programs airing on RBMA Radio are Counter Intelligence, which gets the stories behind some of the most iconic record stores straight from the personalities who run them; Music in Film, a deep dive into the world of film scores with the extraordinary composer Brian Reitzell; and United States of Bass, celebrating bass-music pioneers from across America – from Detroit ghettotech to Atlanta trap and Miami bass.


RBMA Radio also zeroes in on local scenes in four key US cities: The Slice profiles the sounds that are shaping New York City right now; Bizarre Ridecruises through the freeway-ready funk, blistering gangsta rap and rampaging guitar rock of Los Angeles; Cruisin’ in the ATL meets Atlanta’s hottest artists and blasts the latest in Southern rap; and Deepest Dish spotlights some of the brightest minds in Chicago music. For a more global perspective, Scenerybeams out daily reports on the local music scenes in cities as far-flung as Cairo, Nairobi, Sao Paolo, Shanghai and Tokyo.


The RBMA Radio team has been celebrating its updated platform with pop-up stations around the country, including New York City and Detroit in May and an upcoming weeklong broadcast from Atlanta in August. For the next two weeks, RBMA Radio is in the heart of the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles, broadcasting live interviews, DJ mixes and special performances from the city’s diverse musical landscape, plus LA-centric episodes of current programs.


RBMA Radio also provides exclusive access to events around the world, including livestreams from Red Bull Music Academy festival stages at Sonar in Reykjavik and Barcelona, Movement in Detroit and Mutek in Montreal, and intimate, sold-out sessions with such luminaries as Spike Lee, Madlib and Pharaoh Sanders with Kamasi Washington and the Sun Ra Arkestra. The station is also home to breaking music news, with artists like Blood Orange, D’Angelo and A$AP Rocky premiering new songs live on air. Check out the full schedule at, because you need to hear this.


Check out the all new RBMA Radio, featuring artist-hosted shows from tUnE-yArDs, Earl Sweatshirt, Kindness, Chelsea Wolfe, DâM-FunK & more.

Listen now on the web or download the app for iOS and Android.


Amp Fiddler Presents ‘Motor City Booty’


Amp Fiddler Presents ‘Motor City Booty’ on Midnight Riot Records

1. Return Of the Ghetto Fly

2. Superficial

3. Slippin On Ya Pimpin

4. 1960 What?

5. Soul Fly (Part 1)

6. Soul Fly (Part 2)

7. Steppin

8. Your Love Is All I Need

9. I Got It

10. Funk Is Here To Stay

11. Send A Message

The Sound of Detroit by one of it’s unsung heroes, Amp Fiddlers new album Motor City Booty comes straight off the D Funk assembly line, a full on dance floor affair from Motown to P-Funk, Techno and Neo Soul.

This 11 track album produced by Yam Who? & includes the massive ‘Soul Fly’ sounding like a Mark Ronson production had he been hanging out with George Clinton’s Parlet followed by the bonafide P-Funk anthem‘Steppin’ both featuring the stunning vocals by the Dames Brown girls.

Amp Fiddler is credited for taking both a young J Dilla and also Q-Tip under his wing teaching them Akai MPC techniques, setting the path for some of Hip Hops finest recordings which have defined the shape of things to come.

His musical collaborations include: Moodyman‘s musical maestro ,keyboard wizard for Theo Parrish’s live band, a longstanding Funkadelic member & co-writer for Prince, Maxwell, Seal & Jamiroquai to name a few.

Give a Beat and International Youth Day | August 12th


August 12th is the UN declared International Youth Day. Give a Beat, a nonprofit organization that works as a catalyst for social change by bridging the dance music community with youth and families impacted by the devastating effects of mass incarceration, is coordinating with promoters around the country, inviting them to attach their regular weekend party to our cause, and let the youth be heard! Kids are sitting behind bars having their freedom of expression stripped away and they are being denied opportunities to be active members of society. We need to hear them, give them voice, and help design programs that allow them to engage in society.

The following parties confirmed for the weekend from August 12th 14th

  • Afro-Acid & Wildpitch Music Hall – Atlanta, GA

  • Bassment – Charlotte, NC

  • Dancegruv – Raleigh, NC

  • Tropical – Long Beach,CA

  • Uniting Souls – Seattle, WA

Join our movement!  For more info on how to plug in, contact: