On the 14th of April, Pentatonix’s “On My Way Home” Tour arrived in Italy and I watched their amazing live show for 90 minutes in which Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstie Maldonado, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola gave their audience goosebumps and made them sing along following their amazing voices.Pentatonix in Italy are very much appreciated: this American acappella group of five vocalists originating from Arlington, Texas, are loved and followed online by lots of people.
As you may be aware, we recently completed another round of submissions for our latest installment in the Unsigned and Wound Up series*. However, we’re going to need your help narrowing things down a bit more.
In celebration of International Jazz Day and still buzzing from the Art of Cool Fest, I had the pleasure of speaking with duo Gretchen Parlato and Alan Hampton last weekend. Also viewing them live as a pair for the first time, their chemistry onstage is undeniable. Students at the prestigious Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz Performance in NYC, they honed their crafts and Gretchen’s worked with several jazz greats and recently snagged a Best Jazz Vocal Grammy nod last year for her ‘Live In NYC’ album. Alan, who released his sophomore album ‘Origami for the Fire’ in 2014 has also worked with esteemed musicians like Esperanza Spalding, Meshell Ndegeocello and Sufjan Stevens.
For live music lovers, it’s no secret festival season’s arrived. Tis the time to travel now that winter worries are long gone to see your favorite artists. No stranger to North Carolina as I made the trek to attend MoogFest last year, I knew NC, with pockets of vibrant, homegrown artistic communities, would be a dope spot for a fest. Reading the hype about last year’s inaugural Art of Cool (AOC) Fest, this would be a part of my 2015. Making the trek back to NC with several other jazz, funk and soul enthusiasts, we descended upon Bull City/Durham for a weekend of fun.
Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.
RED BULL TV PROVIDES EXCLUSIVE ALL-ACCESS PASS TO BONNAROO 2015
Red Bull Media House Announces Three-Year Partnership to
Co-Produce Bonnaroo Music Festival Global Livestream
Manchester, TN / Santa Monica, CA - April 23, 2015 - Bonnaroo and Red Bull Media House have partnered together to livestream the magic of one of America’s most iconic festivals. Airing exclusively on Red Bull TV June 11-14, 2015, this year’s festival lineup of more than 100 artists, features talent from the likes of Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Alabama Shakes and D’Angelo. Read more…
In search of traveling music yet again and in anticipation of International Jazz Day coming up next week, there’s only one band who fits this situation perfectly- Twin Danger. Driving downtown in Austin for SXSW a few weeks ago, I got excited as I couldn’t miss their highway billboard announcing their showcases. After listening to their jazz cover with a sting of Queens of The Stone Age’s “No One Knows”, their UMG showcase stood firmly penciled into my SXSW schedule. Slow and seductive on the record but lively and energetic onstage, they pay homage to the club jazz of yesteryear with a modern noir edge.
From the US to Japan, through Australia, New Zealand and South Africa: The Script‘s tour arrived in Italy recently. A few weeks ago, we had the chance to warmly welcome the Irish band to Milan. After the great success they had in 2013, the group returned to play the Mediolanum Forum in Assago and the audience that came equipped from every part of Italy, with lots of flags and posters of their favorite songs’, waiting for their moment to sing with Danny O’ Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power. Just a few minutes late, the show began and everything became green with balloons, bracelets and lights everywhere as the entrance left the audience speechless.
With some surprise, my recent talks with Virginia native Eric Leboff led me to discover something I either hadn’t considered or just simply didn’t know before: a musician can be born inside of anyone. Leboff’s musical side has always been there, to be sure. From his college days, he found a great deal of inspiration.
I think for a lot of people what they listen to in college really resonates and even if you later “outgrow” those bands they stick with you in some sense and are almost part of your DNA. Read more…
Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk. Now that Coachella’s done, it’s time to spotlight some other fests coming up from April to June! See them below, get tix and maybe we’ll see you there soon!