This Band’s Original Line-up is Back!

Shiny toy guns benjy russell

Pictured l to r: Carah Faye Charnow, Jeremy Dawson, Chad Petree, Mikey Martin
Photo credit: Benjy Russell

Carah Faye Charnow was the original singer for Shiny Toy Guns and helped drive the band to it’s fame back in 2006 with “Le Disko” and “You Are The One” from their debut We Are Pilots. After 6 years Carah is back and Shiny Toy Guns is set to release their third album, III, October 9th via Five Seven Music.

The band also released the video for their first single off III on Vevo today. Watch “Waiting Alone” below.

Shiny Toy Guns – “Waiting Alone” off their upcoming album III

Shiny Toy Guns around the net:

In Photos: Robyn at Summerfest

Miller Lite Oasis

Robyn Summerfest Miller Lite Oasis 2012

On Sunday night Robyn headlined the Miller Lite Oasis stage at Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She capped a day full of electro-pop music from Chicago’s own Pyro Fighters and Dot Dot Dot.

Photos from Robyn’s set at Summerfest:


In Photos: Paper Diamond at the Hangout Music Festival 2012

Paper Diamond
Hangout Music Festival
Gulf Shores, Alabama

Paper Diamond Hangout Music Festival 2012

Paper Diamond performed on the third and final day at the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Some photos from his set are below.

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In Photos: Skrillex at the Hangout Music Festival 2012

Hangout Music Festival
Gulf Shores, Alabama

Skrillex Hangout Music Festival 2012

Skrillex performs at the 2012 Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Photos of his set and his fans are below.

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B96 Summer Bash Line-up and Ticket Information

B96 Summer Bash
June 16, 2012
Toyota Park
Bridgeview, IL
Tickets: Start at $50 to $100 plus service fees

B96 Summer Bash 2012

The summer concert season has already started with the likes of the Hangout Music Festival and Rock on the Range taking place this weekend and Summer Camp next holiday weekend. What is now a staple of B96.3FM, the B96 Summer Bash is right around the corner.  The Bash takes place June 16th at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois and the bill is a hot one with Flo Rida, The Wanted, Big Time Rush, Sean Paul, Dev, Mike Posner, and internet sensation, Karmin taking the stage and more to be announced. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for free Summer Bash ticket giveaways at locations around Chicago.

The Line-up:
Flo Rida
The Wanted
Big Time Rush
Sean Paul
Mike Posner
& more!

Ticket information from Ticketmaster:

US $50.00 – US $125.00
US $50.00 Ticket + US $10.20 Fees =
US $60.20US $125.00 Ticket + US $12.95 Fees =
US $137.95

US $25.00 – US $85.00
US $25.00 Ticket + US $7.60 Fees =
US $32.60US $85.00 Ticket + US $11.05 Fees =
US $96.05

US $9.63
US $9.63 Ticket + US $7.25 Fees =
US $16.88

2012 Neon Desert Music Festival Line-Up

Neon Desert Music Festival 2012
May 26th 2012
Downtown El Paso, TX
Cleveland Square Park at
510 N. Santa Fe St. El Paso, TX 79901
All Ages
Tickets: $45 to $150 per ticket
Doors: 12 P.M.

Neon Desert 2012 lineupThe Line-up:
Moby’s DJ Set
Ghostland Observatory
Los Bunkers
Sussie 4
Le Butcherettes
The Twelves
La Vida Boheme
The Pinker Tones
Mexican Institute of Sound
Penguin Prison
Class Actress
Zechs Merquise
The D.A.
Toy Selectah
Sound on Sound
Chico Mann
Eureka The Butcher + Sadah Luna
Fixed Idea
Johnny Costello
Dependientes Del Beat
Kontra Golpe Noise Manifesto
Esteban Carrascos

Here is the 2011 Neon Desert recap:


Of Montreal Drop Psychedelic Vibes At The Metro

Of Montreal
Metro – Chicago, IL


Performing to a sold out crowd is an achievement on its own. When you’re of Montreal and have 10 Albums behind it should be more of an expectation. Of Montreal returned to their most loyal city, and Chicago fans playing to a sold out show at the Metro.

Their new Album Paralytic Stalks like most all of the lead singer’s, Kevin Barnes, albums is a personal reflection yet he did mention that It would not be an instantly gratifying collective and that it would take time to take it all in as a whole. Taking this into consideration, it was expected that their tour for Paralytic Stalks would be way chilled out and less theatrical then their past. Yet, compared to other shows they only performed a small fraction of songs from their current album.

Their show started off with “Gelid Ascent”, from Paralytic Stalks, as they introduced colorful projected images onto their set. A dapper Kevin Barnes stepped onstage wearing a trim grey suit while keeping in touch with his signature effeminate stage persona through wearing a red ruffle button up and electric blue eye shadow. While the set tone was bit more serious it did however pick up as they performed songs from their past albums. There were even a few appearances by their imaginative creations which consisted of white creatures and the infamous human pigs which were a main attraction on their last tour. They finished off a fun set with “The Past is A Grotesque Animal.” Yet they hit their high when they came back onstage for an encore which consisted of a potpourri of songs from their album “Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?” It was the highlight of the show as they danced on stage with their mythical creatures while confetti explosions went off.

While this tour was more subtle and less outrageous then their past, Of Montreal seem to release a new album almost every year. It will be interesting to see what they’ll have for us next.

Photos from Of Montreal’s set in Chicago:

Goose Island’s 312 Can Launch Party

Goose Island’s 312 Can launch Party
The Cubby  Bear – Wrigleyville
Time: 8 P.M. to Close
Tickets: Free to attend
On the bill:
The Shermer High School Band

The Goose Island 312 can launch is Wednesday, March 21 at the Cubby Bear in Wrigleyville.  The entertainment for the night includes The Shermer High School Band, which is a hybrid of Chicago musicians from Kill Hannah, Hey Champ, Ghosthouse, Local H, The Lovehammars, Gemini Club, Handsome Devilz, Streets on Fire, Who’s This Mary, and more.   The set list will include songs from the movie Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Some Kind of Wonderful, Weird Science, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  Also on the bill is Chicago’s DJ duo, Ghosthouse, Merplay, DJ Tim Pogo, and Heaven Malone.

It’s not all about the bands as there will be raffles including 312 Urban Bike, Cubs opening day tickets, and VIP tickets to Summer Camp Music Festival.

The night is free to the public that is 21 and over.  RSVP at for raffle entries and RSVP your spot for the night HERE!

312 Can Launch Party 2-21-2012 poster

Free Music Download: MIMOSA’s “Future Trill Mixxx”


He’s been out tearing up the road with Lunice and Kastle, but that hasn’t stopped MIMOSA from creating a mixtape for his fans. He premiered Future Trill MIXXX on URB last week and it’s still available for download.

 Free Music Download: MIMOSA’s Future Trill MIXXX

Also available as a free download is MIMOSA’s remix of Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Niggas in Paris.” (Download below)

Free Music Download: MIMOSA’s “Niggas in Paris”

1. NiNA SiM0NE – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
2. THE T0UCH – Bodies Waiting (FRENCH FRiES REMiX)
3. DARK SKY – Be Myself
4. MiM0SA – Pink Sprite
5. DiSCL0SURE – I Love… That You Know
6. STAGGA – Wild For The Night (D0SHY REMiX)
7. LUNiCE – I See U (GiRL UNiT REMiX)
8. TEETH – Shawty
9. JAY-Z KANYE WEST – Niggas In Paris (MiM0SA REMiX)
10. MiM0SA – Ice Box
11. AFRiKA HiTECH – Out In The Streets
12. MiM0SA – Dirty Money
13. Sleepyhead – Summer Lovin
Future Trill’s Remaining  Dates for the Sanctuary Tour:
January 24 Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
January 25 Lyric Theater – Oxford, MS
January 26 The Valarium – Knoxville, TN
January 27 Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN
January 28 The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
January 29 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS

Porcelain Black Naughty Naughty R3hab Remix

Porcelain Black Naughty Remix

Porcelain Black - Naughty (R3hab’s Pacha NYC 6AM Remix) by R3HAB

Dutch house DJ R3hab has taken the opportunity to put his own spin on Porcelain Black’s latest single “Naughty Naughty,” which climbs the Billboard Dance/Club chart this week to #13. R3hab’s ‘Pacha NYC 6AM’ mix takes Porcelain’s naughty, heavy club track and cranks the volume to high.

R3hab, who has provided remixes for the likes of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, LMFAO, and Rihanna, often gets spins by DJs as notable as David Guetta, Tiesto, and Swedish House Mafia. His “Naughty Naughty” remix is streaming now on his official Soundcloud.

Be sure to grab the original “Naughty Naughty” now on iTunes, and visit Porcelain Black’s official siteFacebook and Twitter.

Official Site:

Free Music Download: Expensive Looks’ “Moving Visions”

Alec Feld Expensive Look

Credit Jolene Kao

Expensive Looks is set to release this debut album, Dark Matters,  January 17 on Group Tightener.  Off Dark Matters comes his single Moving Visions” and is available as a free download from You can also listen and download the track below:

Moving Visions by Expensive Looks

Free Music Download: Expensive Looks “Moving Visions” 

For more information:
More streaming and downloadable tracks:

Video: Jordan Galland’s “The Party Years”

Jordan Galland – “The Party Years”

New Year’s Eve is only days away and some may know their plans already while some are going to scramble to find something to do.  Whether you have plans or just hanging around with friends, here’s a video to assist in ringing in the new year.

Jordan Galland recorded the video at Headgear Recording in Brooklyn with Sam Koppelman, Sissy Clemmens, and Sean Lennon.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Jordan Galland online:
Jordan Galland’s Official Site (for his Musical Releases)
Jordan Galland on Twitter
Jordan Galland on MySpace (hear his music)

In Photos: Caspa at the Rave

The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

All photos by Martha Kubica

Caspa The Rave Milwaukee
CASPA Live Mix June 2011 by Caspaofficial

Dupstep is hot right now, it’s so hot it’s leaked into the heavy metal genre, thanks Korn! Caspa is currently taking his rig on the road and hitting the United States. On Saturday night he played The Rave up in Milwaukee. Check out some photos below of his set. More US tour dates are also below.

Photos of Caspa below:

Caspa on his US Tour:

Caspa @ Mezzanine
12/20 11:00pm

Caspa @ Voyeur
12/21 11:00pm

Caspa @ Republic
12/22 11:00pm

Caspa @ Webster Hall
12/23 11:00pm

Caspa @ Commonwealth
12/27 at 11:00pm

Caspa @ Starlite
12/28 at 11:00pm

Caspa @ Gossip
12/29 at 11:00pm

Caspa @ Avalon
12/30 at 11:00pm

Caspa @ Dallas Convention Center
12/31 at 11:00pm

Free Music Download & Music Video: The Good Natured’s “Video Voyeur”

The Good Natured VV Polaroids BWThe electro-pop trio, The Good Natured, recently released their video for “Video Voyeur” on Buzznet. The band is letting their fans download (the song) “Video Voyeur” for free. You can go here to take them up on that free download! You can see the video below. They are also headed out on a US tour starting in January. The dates for that tour are also below.

The Good Natured’s “Video Voyeur” Music Video

The Good Natured – Remixes
The Good Natured - Remixes by The Good Natured

The Good Natured U.S. Tour Dates:
January 16: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
January 17: Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
January 19: San Francisco, CA @ Popscene
January 20: Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
January 23: Performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live

The Good Natured Online:

Free Music Download: Far East Movement’s “Bump From The Trunk Vol. 1”

far east movement bump from the trunk vol. 1 dirty bass coverFar East Movement just released their mixtape Bump From The Trunk Vol. 1 off Cherrytree Records. The mixtape is available as a free download. It  features the likes of Pitbull, and DJ Virman seamlessly blends club smashes, fresh new hip-hop and classic hip-hop trunk rattlers. It is a preview of what’s to come off their album, Dirty Bass. Dirty Bass isn’t a far cry from their last album, Free Wired,  that featured their hits “Girls On The Dance Floor,” “Like A G6” and “So What.” The full length album is set to release in early 2012. Get your fix of Far East Movement by downloading Bump from The Trunk Vol.1 below!


Bump From The truck Vol. 1 Mixtape Tracklist:

01. Dirty Bass Intro

02. Far East Movement – Jello (Feat. Rye Rye)

03. L’Trimm – Cars With The Boom

04. Far East Movement – Girls On The Dance Floor

05. Lil John & The Eastside Boyz – Stick That Thang Out

06. Bart B More & Harvard Bass – Listen To This

07. Bassjackers and Ralvero – Bang Like A

08. Outkast (Feat. Sleepy Brown) – The Way You Move

09. Ralvero – Switch That Bass

10. 2 Live Crew – Too Much Booty In The Pants

11. Skylar Grey vs. Dirty South – Invisible (TONIC Bootleg)

12. DJ Fist – Suppabass (Mario Ochoa Remix)

13. INOJ – My Boo (Solly Remix)

14. Sidney Samson & The Flexican – Do You Like Bass

15. Shinichi Osawa – Addicted To The Bassline

16. Gucci Crew II – Sally That Girl

17. Bart B More, Drop The Lime & AC Slater – The Bass

18. Drake (Feat. Nicki Minaj) – Make Me Proud

19. Drumsound & Bassline S – Freak (Bassjackers Remix)

20. Don Diablo – Blow (Sidney Samson Remix)

21. Tocadisco vs. Demark – Drop The Bass Wild Out

22. Tai – Big Bass Drum (Bart M More Remix)

23. Sole Fusion – Bass Tone (Chocolate Puma Remix)

24. INOJ – Let Me Love You Down

25. Artistic Raw – Sunset Bass

26. Far East Movement (Feat. Pitbull) – Candy

27. Wreckx N Effect – Rump Shaker

28. Far East Movement – So What

29. Da Brat – Funkdafied

30. Bassnectar – Upside Down

31. Evol Intent – Paradize City

32. Jay Z and Kanye West – Paris

33. Far East Movement – Like A G6 (Titch Dubstep Remix)

34. Rock-It! Scientists (Feat. ASAP, Martin Solveig & Dragonette) – About My Business

35. Big Sean – Dance

36. I Love Big Speakers Bass Test

37. Far East Movement – Jello

Falling in Love with Kimbra’s “Settle Down” EP

Settle Down EP
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Released: 10/18/2011

Kimbra Settle Down EPKimbra is a 21-year-old New Zealand pop sensation.  She released her 4 song EP Settle Down on October 18th via Warner Bros. Records.   The EP includes her catchy hit “Settle Down,” “Limbo,” a remix of “Cameo Lover,” and “Plain Gold Ring” performed live at Sing Sing.   The EP can be purchased here.

Kimbra already released her album Vows in New Zealand and Australia, where it was certified gold.  She is currently working on a full length album for the U.S. release through Warner Bros. Records. The full length album is set for a Spring 2012 release.

The Settle Down EP is one the catchiest pop EP’s that has been released this year.  “Settle Down’s” catchiness comes from the hand-clapping rhythm, tied in with the heavy bass line that will make any person catch the fever.   The second track, “Limbo” is no less pop infused than “Settle Down.”  It’s the crescendo that kicks off “Limbo” and leads into more hand-clapping rhythms with Kimbra’s smooth and fluid lyrics flawlessly intertwined.

Kimbra’s Official “Settle Down” Music Video:

With two gangbuster pop melodies at the forefront of the Settle Down EP, it’s a little hard to simmer down into the slower melodies of “Plain Gold Ring.” Granted just because this cover of Nina Simone’s “Plain Gold Ring” takes more of a slower tempo, and is very stripped down, doesn’t mean it isn’t an awesome track.    The final track on the all-too-short EP is “Cameo Lover.”  The song gets the full club remix courtesy of Sam Sparro & Golden Touch.  I must say I am a little attached to the original mix versus the remix.

Overall, the EP is something refreshing and a must-have for those who are looking for some new music to get them on their feet and moving!  It will definitely keep me intrigued until Kimbra’s 2012 full album release.

The track-listing for Settle Down is as follows:
“Settle Down”
“Plain Gold Ring” (Live at Sing Sing)
“Cameo Lover” (Sam Sparro & Golden Touch Remix)
Video for “Settle Down” (available from all participating digital retail outlets) | | |

Flashback Fridays: Crystal Waters’ “100% Pure Love”

Crystal Waters’ “100% Pure Love” Music Video:

Crystal Waters’ first Billboard hit wasn’t even supposed to be for her. She originally wrote “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)” for Ultra Nate, but the label was so stunned by the song they wanted Crystal to sing it herself. the song reached the #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1991. “100% Pure Love” lived on the charts for 45 weeks and peaked at #11.

What’s Crystal up to now? She’s teamed up with Yolanda Be Cool for “Le Bump.” You can hear the clip below:
Yolanda Be Cool "Le Bump" Ft Crystal Waters (Original) [PREVIEW] by Globalprpool

According to Crystal’s Twitter account it sounds like Crystal and CeCe Peniston teamed up for a couple shows, but apparently they are the only ones that knew when and where, because I’ve check both of their sites and came up empty. It’s a shame because that would be a show I wouldn’t miss!

Fun Facts About Crystal Waters:
-Crystal’s Great Aunt was one of the first African American vocalists to appear in mainstream Hollywood musicals.
-Her father was Junior Waters who was a famed Jazz musician.
-She studied Computer Science at Howard University
-Crystal also recorded a song under a different name, Chrissy Ward.

Chrissy Ward (aka Crystal Waters) “Right and Exact” Music Video:

Crystal Waters Online:

Flashback Fridays: CeCe Peniston’s “Finally”

CeCe Peniston’s “Finally” Music Video

CeCe Peniston was signed to A&M Records back in 1990 and her debut, Finally, went Gold and sold over 3 million copies worldwide.  The song of the same name stayed on the Billboard charts for 33 weeks and peaked at #5 back in 1992. The song did hit #4 on The Radio Songs Charts and #26 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Chart.

It may seem like she is a one hit wonder, but CeCe hit the charts again with “We Got a Love Thang,” “In The Mood,” “I’m Not Over You,” and 4 other songs off Finally, Thought Ya Knew, and I’m Movin’ On. After her last release, I’m Movin’ On, she hit the theatrical stage as Glinda the Good Withc in The Wiz.  CeCe also hit the big screen with Don’t Touch if You Ain’t Prayed as well as Pastor Jones.

October 3rd she released “Finally” Remixes through Paul Oakenfold’s label Perfecto Records and 16 BARS Music.

CeCe Online:
Official Site

Where Are You?

Kelly Rowland
Here I am
Released: July 22, 2011
Universal Motown

Kelly Rowland Here I Am Cover

The other girl in Destiny’s Child put out another album. Not the rich one, not the religious one, the other one. The one that makes all the singles that you know and love, but have no idea who sings them? That’s right her, Kelly Rowland. Kelly is good for a hot single now and again but I don’t think she ever needs to make a full album. She’s alright jumping on a Ne-Yo track and doing a hook or doing an intro to a new Kells single and we’ll know she ‘s still alive and this will suffice on paying her rent. Truly homegirl needn’t 10 opportunities to hit the target, because 8 will miss the mark. Kelly has a problem repeating herself, repeating herself, repeating herself on the cd – when she runs out of creative lyrics and it’s annoying annoying annoying. If you have heard the two biggest singles “Commander” and “Motivation” you needn’t hear anymore. Especially the opening track where Kelly blatantly impersonates B. Kelly bites B so often on the CD that really the only difference in Kelly’s music is that Kelly drops the N word in almost every single and she’s not afraid to get dirty, tell you how and where she wants it and in which rooms. All of which could have been contained inside two dance singles, or an EP. The extra tracks just remind us that Kelly isn’t a Beyonce, sadly, she may not even know who she is.

Video: The Ting Tings’ “Hang it Up”

The Ting Tings are back with some new music! YAY! the Ting Tings debuted their newest video “Hang it Up” on Jay-Z’s Life and Times blog. What a way to make a grand entrance for a new music video. It was back in late 2010 they dropped their uber catchy single “Hands.” You may have caught it on tv on “So You Think You Can Dance.” It was the first single released off their upcoming album.

Listen The Ting Tings’ “Hands” Video: (warning: this video will make you dance)

Lady Gaga “Yoü And I” Remixes

Lady Gaga You and I remixes

Sometimes the remixes are better than the original! Take a listen to Metronomy and Wild Beasts remixes of  “Yoü And I” from Gaga below.   “Yoü And I” is her latest single and is now available to purchase on iTunes with  seven brand new versions.  The remixes are from  Wild Beasts, Mark Taylor, 10 Kings, ATB, Metronomy, Danny Verde, and Hector Fonseca.

Yoü And I (Metronomy Remix)

Yoü And I (Wild Beasts Remix)

Jessie and The Toy Boys Conquer Wally World

What do you do when you’re bored while touring the country with Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj? Catch up with Jessie and The Toy Boysin the latest tour webisode as they spend some of their free time hitting up Wal-Mart for some fun and random purchases.

And, head over to I Beat You where you can show off your summer tan lines for a chance to win a $150 gift card and tickets to see Jessie and The Toy Boys live! If you’re feeling more creative than just showing off your tan lines, head over to Talent House where Jessie is giving her fans the opportunity to design her Fannequin logo to use on her forthcoming album and merchandise. Pick up Jessie’s EP Show Me Your Tan Lines on iTunes and Amazon now!

Free Download: Lights Over Paris “I’m Not a Gangsta” Remix featuring Game

Lights Over Paris – I’m Not a Gangsta

Back in May Lights Over Paris released the hilarious video for “I’m Not a Gangsta” featuring Game. Now Lights Over Paris brings you the hip hop remix “I’m A Gangsta” featuring Game, Tydolla$ign, YG and DJ Mustard. You can download the remix for free here.

Blondie’s “Panic of Girls” Released Exclusively Through

blondie promoBlondie is releasing their 9th studio album, Panic of Girls, exclusively through Amazon on Tuesday, September 13th.   The North American tour kicked off on September 3rd in Harris, Michigan  and will conclude October 9th in Palm Desert, California. The set list for the tour will span the last 4 decades as well as new songs from Panic of Girls. The band has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and in 2006 were inducted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame.  The tour is one not to be missed!

Blondie also will stop by The Today Show on NBC on September 12th  as well as perform on The Tonight Show on October 6th.  New York fans have the opportunity to catch the legends in two intimate album release shows at the Highline Ballroom on Septmeber 12th and 13th.

Blondie North American Tour Dates:

September 3rd            Harris, MI @ Island Resort & Casino
September 4th            Prior Lake, MN @ Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
September 5th            Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Stir Cove
September 7th            Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
September 9th            Windsor, ON @ The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
September 10th          Orillia, ON @ Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
September 12th          New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
September 13th          New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
September 14th          Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theatre
September 16th          Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Spa & Resort – Music Box
September 17th          Clark, NJ @ Oak Ridge Park
September 18th          Westbury, NY @ Theatre at Westbury
September 21st          Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
September 23rd         Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
September 24th          Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
September 26th          Hollywood, FL @ Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
September 28th          New Orleans, LA @ Mahalia Jackson Theatre
September 29th          Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater
October 1st                 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
October 2nd                Mescalero, NM @ Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino
October 4th                 Phoenix, AZ @ The Foundry
October 5th                 Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
October 7th                 Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
October 8th                 Las Vegas, NV @ The Beach at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
October 9th                 Palm Desert, CA @ McCallum Theatre of the Performing Arts

Official Site:

Kickin’ it Old School: Culture Beat’s “Mr. Vain” Video

This isn’t the original video because YouTube won’t let any of the original videos be embedded. Nice going YouTube! Above is the Recall version of the song. It is more of the dance version with more sex appeal. Here is a direct link to the original Mr. Vain video with all the 90’s cheesiness.

“Mr. Vain” peaked at #2 on the Billboard Dance Charts in December of 1993. Overall the song only hit #17 on the Billboard charts back on January 22, 1994. The band really needed a “We’re big in Europe” t-shirt as they experience more notoriety overseas than here in America.  Fun fact, the band went through many line-up changes and even replaced Tania Evans in 1997 with Kim Sanders. Tania Evans wasn’t the original female vocal for the band, but she is the voice on their biggest hits “Mr. Vain” and “Got to Get It.”

Where is the band now? According to Wikipedia the band is still around, but I’d like to say otherwise.  The band’s site is non-existent and the last song they released was “Your Love” back in 2008.

Torsten Fenslau, the founder of the band, died in a car accident in 1993.

Tania Evans released an album of house music called Strength To Carry On back in 2003 and then wed in 2004.

Jay Supreme left Culture Beat back in 1997 to start a solo career. He only released one single to date and it was “Your Love (Encore)” together with Cheryll Lynn back in 2000.



Ke$ha in Chicago on the Get $leazy Tour

Charter One Pavilion

Photos by Ben Bibriesca

Kesha Charter One Pavillion 9

Ke$ha was back in Chicago at the Charter One Pavilion showing off her I am the Dance Commander dance moves on her Get $leazy Tour.

Ke$ha’s debut album Animal was release back in January of 2010 to mixed reviews, but was a hit with fans. It spawned her biggest hit “Tik Tok“.  It is odd to see a large pop act drop another album just 10 months after releasing her first major label debut, but her reason for doing doing so was for her touring set.  She told Spin magazine in an interview back in November of 2010, “Not to sound like a cheese dick, but my fans are my entire life at this point because I’m always on the road. I feel like they’ve become my family. With my first album, I only had enough material for an hour-long show, and I wanted enough for a two-hour dance party that’s gonna take over the planet. Plus, I wrote songs all throughout this crazy whirlwind experience of the past year. “

Last November her second studio album, Cannibal, was released and then the remixed album,  I Am the Dance Commander, dropped on March of this year. It’s a great way to milk fans for money by releasing remixed album. Apparently it’s the new thing to do. Ke$ha says she has hundreds of songs written so it’s just a matter of time before a new studio album hits the digital shelves.

Click on thumbnails to enlarge photos:

Tik Tok Covers from YouTube:

The Ukulele Version

The Acoustic Cover

Metal Cover

Dancing it up at Perry’s Stage with Lady D, Girl Talk & Kid Cudi

Lady D lollapalooza

Lady D at Perry's Stage

So Perry’s Stage was ginormous this year! Everyone who played there was under an enormous tent which was great for hiding from the rain, but ended up being a hot and sweaty place to party with Lady D & Girl Talk. Lady D’s dance party opened up with some samples from The Isley Brother’s “Who’s That Lady”, The Commodores’ “Three Times a Lady” & Modjo’s “Lady”. I honestly thought Lady D would have a bigger crowd since she is a Chicago native. But the crowd got a lil skimpy when she hit the deck. Yet the crowd that was there was fun! Everyone showing their love dancing around and for some in a drug induced state. I swear I was bound to get a contact high just from being in the center of the crowd!

Girl Talk mixed it up at Perry’s! I was so excited to see the Gregg Gillis’ hot and sweaty body but I was nowhere even close to seeing anything! The party was so mammoth it was spilling outside of Perry’s tent into the streets. The party was definitely hoppin’ and I was so sad to not be in the center of it all.

Kid Cudi Kanrocksas

Kid Cudi @ kanrocksas 8/5/2011 Photo By Dan DeSlover

 The third day of Lollapalooza can make you feel like a slacker. I mean 3 days in the sweltering heat can take it out of you!  Cudi was scheduled to headline Sunday night against Foo Fighters & Deadmau5. Rumors flooded the grounds saying Kid was gonna cancel his show. Many fans ended up heading out early due to all the rain that hit the grounds in the afternoon. But there were some troopers that hung in there for the long hall!

More photos are on their way! (photos of Kid Cudi are from his 8/5 performance at Kanrocksas)

Lollapalooza Expands to Brazil

lollapalooza brazil logo

lollapalooza chile logo

Perry Farrell kicked off Lollapalooza this morning with exciting news! Last year Perry and the gang expanded the Lollapalooza franchise to Chile and next year not only will Lolla take place in Chile on March 31-April 1, but also in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the Jockey Club April 7-8th. The Jockey Club is an iconic site in Brazil. It is in the heart of Sao Paulo which is the largest city in South America. The location is prime for the 20,000,000 locals. The stage setting is on a racetrack where Eminem performed his historic concert last year. Perry said, “The Brazilians have a very rich history of celebration. If we (Lolla) can rub together with them, there’s no telling what heights that party will reach.” The two international locations are natural expansions for the historic Lollapalooza brand.

This morning at the press conference talk of the economic impact on Chicago was touched upon. Lollapalooza brings in $85 million into the local economy. Roughly 40% of Lollapalooza crowd is from out of state and the festival sees 90,000 fans, or weirdoes as Perry called them, walk through the gates each day.

The Parkways Foundation has teamed up with Lollapalooza and takes in $8.5 million from the festival. The money isn’t just reinvested back in the rehabilitation of the Chicago lakefront, where Lollapalooza calls home for 3 days, but expands into the city where neighborhoods need it most.

If partnering with The Parkways Foundation wasn’t enough, Berkley School of Music also teamed up with Lolla to give out a full scholarship to Berkley School of Music each year to students who audition and meet their criteria. The scholarships are backed by Goldman Sacs.

For more information on Lollapalooza Chile and Brazil visit:



Nicole Scherzinger Debuts Right There Remixes

Spice Up Your Summer Playlist with New Remixes of Nicole Sherzinger’s “Right There” (Feat 50 Cent)


Fans who can’t get enough of Nicole Scherzinger’s summer hit “Right There” (feat. 50 Cent) can now download eleven different remixes of the track on iTunes Right There (The Remixes) contains versions by electro-pop producer and artist Frankmusik, up-and-coming pop duo The Sound of Arrows, and UK House DJs Wideboys among others.  Preview all the tracks on Nicole’s YouTube channel, NicoleOfficial.

Right There” (feat. 50 Cent) is the current single from Nicole’s forthcoming solo debut Killer Love, set for release later this year. Visit for the latest updates on the album and Nicole’s new role as X-Factor judge.

Right There (The Remixes) [Feat. 50 Cent] Track List:
1. Right There (Marco V Remix)
2. Right There (John Dahlback Remix)
3. Right There (Frankmusik Remix)
4. Right There (The Sound of Arrows Remix)
5. Right There (Desi Hits! DJ Lloyd Remix)
6. Right There (Gemini Remix)
7. Right There (Chris Lake Remix)
8. Right There (Desi Hits! Culture Shock Remix)
9. Right There (Manhattan Clique Remix)
10. Right There (Dave Spoon Remix)
11. Right There (Wideboys Remix Full Club)

Fool’s Gold – Leave No Trace

Fool’s Gold
Leave No Trace
Release Date: August 16
I Am Sound Records

Leave No Trace, the follow-up to Fool’s Gold’s self-titled debut, does not divert from the dancy fun times that were introduced back in 2009.  Luke Top and Lewis Pesacov continue infusing African beats and rhythms to the ten tracks that comprise the new album out August 16.

Lewis has been a busy boy fronting his other band Foreign Born and producing Best Coast’s debut album.  He even has been tapped to compose some Afro-beats for a recent Nike commercial.  His creative energies aren’t dry when you hear the opening track, “A Dive”, as percussions are a blaze.  One can’t help but shuffle side to side.  The party continues on with “Wild Window” from the early sound of lasers. Yes friends, lasers! Check it out below.

In the middle of the album is the track “Balmy” which saunters in with a slow jam Bollywood cadence.  I have to say the second half the album is stronger with stellar tracks like “Tel Aviv” sung in Luke’s native tongue of Hebrew and “Bark and Bite” reminds me of the fervor in Lewis’ other band Foreign Born.  Last but definitely not least, “Lantern” serves as a perfect doo-wop close set against lovely wind instruments.  Fool’s Gold hits the jackpot again with Leave No Trace.

Track list
The Dive
Wild Window
Street Cloths
Leave No Trace
Narrow Sun
Tel Aviv
Bark and Bite

Tour Dates
8.3 –  Los Angeles, CA / Greek Theatre
8.6 – Seattle, WA / Seattle Center
8.22 – Las Vegas, NV / Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay
9.3 – Los Angeles, CA / FYF Fest
9.13 – Tulsa, OK / Cain’s Ballroom
9.14 – San Marcos, TX / Texas Music Theatre
9.17 – Austin, TX / Austin City Limits
9.18 – Chicago, IL / Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements Festival
9.19 – Columbus, OH / Skully’s
9.20 – Philadelphia, PA / Kung Fu Necktie
9.21 – Washington, DC / Black Cat
9.22 – New York, NY / Mercury Lounge
9.24 – Brooklyn, NY / Brooklyn Bowl
10.1 – San Francisco, CA / Brick and Mortar Music Hall

Video: Lights Over Paris “I’m Not A Gangsta” Featuring Game

Having just released the debut single and finishing up their forthcoming album, Lights Over Paris unveiled the video for “I’m Not A Gangsta” today on YouTube. The entertainingly boisterous video was filmed in Los Angeles and includes a cameo from hip hop phenomenon, Game. Directed by John Asher and produced by Michelle Larkin, the comedic spin makes this music video one that should not be missed.

The long-awaited track, produced by Dr Luke’s Ammo (Britney Spears, Ke$ha, Katy Perry), recently hit radio and continues to gain spins on Top 40 stations nationwide. It’s infectious melody constitutes “I’m Not A Gangsta” to be the explosive hit of the summer.

The forthcoming full length album will also include producers Kool Kojak (Flo Rida, Travis Barker) and Matt Squire (3OH!3, Ke$ha, Panic! At The Disco) as well as a feature from musical sensation, DEV. “It’s not just another pop record that you will shelf after a few months, we worked extremely hard to make this a timeless record,” explains front-man Robb University.


The energetic Los Angeles band, Lights Over Paris (vocalist Robb University, keyboardist Will Pepper, guitarist Devin Bronson, bassist Mike Torres, drummer Dave Gentry and DJ Shiny) blends a mix of melodic rock hooks with pulsating dance rhythms and a taste of hip hop. Their music captured the attention of renowned producer Kevin Rudolf (Lil Wayne, Cobra Starship), as well as mixing engineers Tom and Chris Lord-Alge (Blink 182, Sum 41), and Serban Ghenea (Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Britney Spears) creating infectious tracks on their 2010 EP. Since coming together in 2009, this sextet has released an EP, garnered over 1 million YouTube views for their first hit single, “Turn Off The Lights” and gained rotation on numerous Top 40 stations throughout the country. The group made history with the first single to be featured on Pandora with digital only distribution. Their headlining 52-city “Turn Off The Lights” tour electrified audiences and inspired new fans with their unrivaled style and eclectic approach. For more information on Lights Over Paris, please visit

Moby’s Destoyed – Now You Can Download the Cure for Insomnia

Little Idiot Records  

Moby Destroyed

Got sleep issues? Try Moby’s newest release “Destroyed” (on Little Idiot Records). If this collection of self-indulgent faux-soundtrack cuts doesn’t put you to sleep – you might need serious medical help.

This has to be the only album in existence that makes lush string arrangements sound boring and monotone. There is nothing here that I can hang my ears on. What Moby has released is him and a computer making navel-gazing music that would even annoy the most jaded navel gazer.

There are moments of sweetness, (“The Violet Bear It Away”) but they quickly erode into repetitive droning musical ideas. He – who could have really demolished preconceived notions and pioneered the genre – relies on loops and cheese-ball edits to try to elicit an emotion from the listener.

Most of what he has created here sounds like the soundtrack to a sad European movie where it is always raining and someone dies and there is a lot of slo-mo running alone through the crowded streets of the city.

The most frustrating part of listening to this disc is some of the ideas truly are beautiful. Some of the chord progressions tap into something medieval and powerful – but rather than follow the idea to a logical conclusion – he (for the most part) just loops it back around into itself.

“Stella Maris” is an exception and – actually – almost reason to buy this disc. If you can legally download this one cut – I strongly suggest it. Moby finds a way to blend ancient spirituality into the full-bodied strings and the reed-thin computer generated arrangements.

If the whole disc was as amazing – revelatory – as “Stella Maris” Moby would have a new fan. Sadly there is nothing on the disc that is even in the ballpark. Legally download this cut and leave the rest of this disc to the hardcore fans who will accept everything he records, because they are – well – hardcore fans.

Stand out Track
The Day
Stella Maris
The Violent Bear It Away

Jennifer Hudson brings “Music, Love, Spirit, and Faith” to Ravinia

Jennifer Hudson
Ravinia Festival
Highland Park, IL

“Music, Love, Spirit, Faith”

Those are the words that Jennifer Hudson left imprinted in the minds of her fans who attended her sold out show at Ravinia. They can be used to accurately describe her heartfelt performance and latest album I Remember Me.

Jennifer Hudson has been through a lot emotionally in the past few years and it definitely reflects in her voice. She sings from within; staying true to every lyric, melody, and every song she sings.

She commanded the stage the minute she stepped out, singing “Feeling Good.” The reaction of the audience was one of amazement. I could overhear so many fans commenting on how amazing she looked. Yet aside from her looks, Jennifer has always been known for her belting voice.  From singing “No one Gonna Love You” to “Where you at” she made it look so effortless. She also sang few singles from her debut album and from Dreamgirls. As well as a duet to Michael Jackson’s “I’ll Be There” accompanied by her friend and formal idol singer George Huff.

There were many moments throughout her performance where you could feel her spirit and emotion. They were evidently apparent during her performance of “I Remember Me.” It was one of her strongest moments of the show and she even received a standing ovation from the audience as she gracefully shed a few tears after getting very emotional. Her album and single “I remember Me” reflect the hardships she’s been through in her past but stays on a positive note reminding us that we can get through anything.

Throughout her performance I was secretly wishing to hear “And I am Telling You I’m Not Going.” I felt slight disappointment as she ended her set with  “Spotlight.” Yet, as the audience was slowly exiting the venue; those of us who chanted for an encore got our wish. An amazing show ended memorably with a dynamic performance of “And I am Telling you I’m Not Going.”

From Idol, to Dreamgirls, to a successful solo career. Jennifer Hudson knows to stay true to her roots by always remembering who she is.



Feeling Good

Don’t Look Down

If this Isn’t Love

No one Gonna Love You

Where You At


I Remember Me

I’ll Be there

(Michael Jackson cover, with George Huff)


(Leoanard Cohen cover)

One Night Only

Love You I Do

I Got This




And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going


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Lady Gaga “The Edge Of Glory” (The Remixes)

Lady Gaga Edge of Glory Remixes cover

“The Edge Of Glory” (The Remixes) EP on iTunes now —

Track Listing:

1.       The Edge Of Glory (Sultan & Ned Shephard Remix)

2.       The Edge Of Glory (Funkagenda Remix)

3.       The Edge Of Glory (Bare Noize Remix)

4.       The Edge Of Glory (Porter Robinson Remix)

5.       The Edge Of Glory (Cahill Club Mix)

6.       The Edge Of Glory (Foster The People Remix)