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Video: Wiz Khalifa

posted October 19, 2012, 4:29 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Music News, Releases, Tour, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Wiz Khalifa

If you are anything like me, you may be wondering when Wiz Khalifa‘s new O.N.I.F.C. is finally coming out. Originally scheduled for  August 28th, it has officially been confirmed that the release date has been pushed back to December 4th. This seems to be the fault of the label, so Wiz has been busy trying to keep his fans appeased. He just recently dropped his new mixtape Cabin Fever 2, which you can download free here. The track listing and artwork for both projects are listed below. And so are the upcoming tour dates for the 2050 tour are listed below. That tour features Taylor Gang opening support artists Chevy Woods, Juicy J, Lola Monroe, and Berner & Tuki Carter. Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y’s collaborative mixtape, Live In Concert, should also be coming out this month or next.  Last we heard, it was still lying in wait while samples are cleared.

Here is the brand new video for “It’s Nothing” featuring  2 Chainz, and is from O.N.I.F.C. The other is “STU”, from Cabin Fever 2.  It features Juicy J, and was directed by Greg Neiser 19th. Read more

(CMJ) Video Of The Week: Angel Haze “Werkin Girls”

posted October 19, 2012, 9:06 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Festivals, Music News, Releases, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Angel Haze, Azealia Banks, Childish Gambino, A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$

We love the CMJ Music Marathon!  The annual extravaganza is an almost unparalleled modus operandi for discovering the best emerging artists. The city transforms into a music mecca for both experiencing and exploring. Take for example, the buzz generating female hip-hop artist Angel Haze.  The influential website Noisey/Vice premiered the 21 year old’s new official video for  “Werkin Girls” off her Reservation EP – she kills it on this track. Directed by Alex Lee and Kyle Wightman BRTHR, the chilling and creepy visual landscape debuts at a great time: right near Halloween! I bet she will get a lot of comparisons to Azealia Banks.


The New York based MC, originally from Detroit, has according to the CMJ website, also recently appeared on the BET Hip-Hop Awards. Not only that, she also executed a highly lauded delivery while performing and holding her own with radar worthy peers Childish Gambino, A$AP Rocky, and Joey Bada$$.

Via CMJ 


Tour Review: Kendrick Lamar with Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, Stalley (Surprise Guests T.I. and Dr. Dre)

posted October 18, 2012, 9:00 am by Carlita | Filed Under Festivals, General Interest, Live Show Reviews | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Stalley, T.I., Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, TDE, BET

Discovering Section 80 recently (yes I know, I’m late to the (after) party), it’s obvious Kendrick Lamar has star (hiii) power,something that’s been debatably missing on the West Siiiide for a while. Touring now on the BET Music Matters tour with fellow Black Hippy members Ab-Soul and Jay Rock, I knew this show would be dope from the gate. Seeing Black Hippy at Rock The Bells over the summer, these three each and collectively deliver something different. Read more

Live Review: The Mahones and The Suburbians at Indie Week

posted October 17, 2012, 7:48 pm by ROCKthusiast | Filed Under Festivals, Live Show Reviews | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Toronto, Indie Week, The Suburbians, The Mahones

Review and photos by special guest correspondent Adam Harrison

There is no better feeling to a music lover than discovering that next artist you’re going to be obsessed with. That is the best thing about Indie Week. You likely won’t have heard of many of the bands, but you are sure to discover a least a couple new artists to download.

My plan for Saturday night’s portion of Indie Week was to head to Horseshoe Tavern to check out The Mahones, an Irish punk rock band from Kingston. Word is their live shows are a heck of a good time. I figured I might as well go down a bit early and check out a couple of the seven offered bands playing until four o’clock in the morning. I might just find something new… and sure enough I did.

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Interview: 10 Questions (or so) for The Dudes

posted October 17, 2012, 7:23 pm by ROCKthusiast | Filed Under Interviews | comment 1 Comment

Tags: The Dudes, Barbers Thieves and Bartenders, Dan Vacon

The Dudes are one of Canada’s national music treasures. Or at  least frontman Dan Vacon’s beard is. Vacon, “The Dudes’ major creative force” according to the always-accurate Wikipedia, isn’t afraid to speak his mind, as Music Emissions writer Gilles LeBlanc recently found out. After crisscrossing Canada earlier this year, The Dudes are returning to Toronto for a show at Lee’s Palace on Friday, October 19th. (See here for ticket info!) Vacon took the time to answer Gilles’ questions prior to an appearance at the Halifax Pop Explosion. Give ‘em some love will ya on Facebook, or follow @wearethedudes on Twitter.


So glad to have you back in Toronto – Canada as a whole is a much better place with new music from the Dudes playing! How has your cross country tour in support of Barbers, Thieves and Bartenders gone so far this year?

Thanks for the kudos! It’ll be so fun to come back! Our initial Canadian tour in support of the new album was pretty great. AND injury free! We finally had a rad show in Winnipeg. Windsor still sucks, Victoria’s still a miracle, Toronto’s still a champ.

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Contest: Win Say Anything Tickets

posted October 17, 2012, 12:19 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Contest, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

The band Say Anything  have packed their things and have hit the road in the United States for their second full tour to support their newest album Anarchy, My Dear (released March 13th on Equal Vision Records). The month-long tour kicked off the first week of October at House of Blues in Anaheim, CA, and will then make its way around the country, from coast to coast and many states in between. Tickets to upcoming dates can be purchased here.  For a full itinerary, see below.

What To Win

We are giving fans in Dallas/Fort Worth a chance to win free tickets to see the band live, courtesy of AEG Live Dallas. The contest begins right now, and runs until Tuesday the 23rd at midnight central standard time. Read more

Video: Ty Segall

posted October 17, 2012, 9:06 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Music News, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Ty Segall

California psychedelic rocker Ty Segall made his television debut yesterday on Conan. He played a track “Thank God For Sinners” off his new album Twins. You can find current tour dates and see his newest music video right here.

Update: In November, Ty was also on the Letterman show, playing “You’re The Doctor”.  Here is the video:

CMJ 2012: Spotify Playlist

posted October 17, 2012, 7:44 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Doomtree, U.S. Royalty, Dum Dum Girls, Field Mouse, King Tuff, CMJ, CMJ 2012

Yes, it’s that time of year again already! For the few of you that may not know, the College Music Journal’s week long annual music marathon is New York City’s equivalent of SXSW. Countless hundreds, hell maybe even thousands, of bands and music industry types descend upon the Big Apple. Besides free drinks and parties, they all have the same goal: to discover the best up and coming new artists! Last year was our first to attend, and what an experience it was! In 2011 we were able to cover artists like Dum Dum Girls, Givers, Grimes, Portugal.The Man, We Are Augustines, Purity Ring, Zola Jesus, Caveman, Sleeper Agent, Jenny Owens Young, Gauntlet Hair, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Polica.

We are still working to try and  finalize our Top CMJ 2012 picks list for this year’s event. We will have two new staff members on site to provide coverage of the event for us.  Until then, here’s a Spotify playlist of new music we are considering putting on this year’s guide. Last year’s Top 40 picks list included such diversity and buzzworthy tunes from the likes of Yellow Ostrich, Sarah Jaffe, The Stepkids, Trash Talk, Bright Light Social Hour, Doomtree, Lord Huron, and more. This larger, newer, playlist includes U.S. Royalty, Blue Hawaii, Conveyor, Field Mouse, Solid Gold, King Tuff, Mac Demarco and tons more! And we are also including the official CMJ Spotify playlist for you also. Dig in!






Contest: The Features (CLOSED)

posted October 16, 2012, 12:40 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Contest, Festivals | comment 1 Comment

Just recently we interviewed one of the hottest indie bands in music right now while on tour supporting their latest album “Wilderness”. We received a ton of feedback about these guys and figured you might have some interest in a bit of unique swag.

How To Win

Music Emissions has two prize packs for The Featuresto give away. To be eligible, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. We will post a status update by 5PM EST on Friday, October 19th for your chance to win. Good luck!

What To Win

The Prize pack will include:
-Vinyl copy of The Features “Wilderness”
-The Features T-Shirt

Tour Review: Gotye With Kimbra

posted October 15, 2012, 1:39 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, Live Show Reviews, Music News | comment Leave a Comment

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 Review by special guest correspondent Kristen ReedPhotos by Jason Janik, Video by Sarah Flores

In the 1960s, America experienced the British Invasion thanks to an influx of bands from England, but on October 12, 2012, Grand Prairie experienced the Oceania Invasion. Gotye graced the stage of the Verizon Wireless Theater with opening acts Kimbra and Jonti, and North Texans welcomed the three non-native performers with open arms.

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The evening kicked off with Jonti, who hails from Sydney, Australia. When I saw his set up, which consisted of a laptop and several other pieces of equipment, I immediately assumed that I would be exposed to a typical DJ-type performer. Thankfully, the t-shirt clad opening act, who immediately began interacting with the attendees, gave a performance that was anything but typical. He utilized accessible beats, a guitar, a lunchbox ukulele, vocals, and even sounds that were reminiscent of the good ole 8- and 16-bit video games that I grew up playing. Read more

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