Rae’s Raves: Kat Deluna Returns and March Favorites!

Why, hello there! It looks like you’ve stumbled upon yet another Rae’s Raves. Let’s get into it!

My Monday significantly improved when Kat Deluna dropped her new track “Bum Bum” featuring Trey Songs late Sunday night. Spring just knocked on our door, but thanks to this tune…I can already taste Summer! Kat always delivers with the upbeat and catchy songs and this one is no different! The sultry and cool vibe this song offers will have you singing along by the second verse. If the reference to Shaggy’s classic hit song “It Wasn’t Me” doesn’t win you over…listen to it again! I dare you to try to keep from bobbing your head or singing along. It’s impossible!

Listen to “Bum Bum” in the SoundCloud below! Buy the song on iTunes here.

As March comes to an end, I’ve added a few more tracks to my raves for the month!

“Stay Low” by Ryn Weaver and “Hold My Hand” by Jess Glynne have been giving me life! Also, I’ve been obsessing over “Break Your Heart Right Back” even more so after Ariana Grande’s fabulous performance at the Houston Rodeo. Be sure to check those out and as always let me know what you think!

What is your favorite song of the month? Let us know in the comments below!

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Death Grips Announces Tour + New Music Video

In case you missed it, Death Grips made a major announcement in regards to the release of the highly anticipated “Jenny Death” (the second half of “The Powers That Be”) as well as an unexpected world tour. The news of a tour is a little shocking, given the fact that the experimental trio announced their breakup last summer. Along with the exiting news, Death Grips released a music video for the first track off Jenny Death, “I Break Mirrors With My Face in the United States.” The video itself is simple and filmed using a drumstick as a selfie stick  in the beginning of the video, and later attached to MC Ride’s mic during a performance of the track. The North American leg of the tour kicks off in Seattle, WA and concludes in San Francisco, CA. “The Powers That Be” released TODAY and can be purchased on iTunes and Harvest Records.

Check out Death Grips’ latest video down and tour dates below:

What do you think, is this the end of Death Grips or are you hopeful for a reunion?

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Secret Link to Check Out Latest Single from Watergate Sandals

Watergate Sandals is a garage rock band hailing from Santa Cruz, California. The band consists of students from USC and is known for their rambunctious house shows. The debut album, “Pick Apart the Jewels and Gems” is to be released April 28th on Coog Radio’s own Travis Phillip’s label Some Weird Sin Records. “Lloyd” is the second single off of the upcoming album. The song has a groovy California vibe to it and I’m marking it to be on everyone’s summer playlist this year and for years to come. “Lloyd” is available on SoundCloud, but as a private link. Never fear music lovers for I have the inside. Here is the link to check out “Lloyd” and get a feel for the treat you are in for whenever “Pick Apart the Jewels and Gems” is released.

 

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Rihanna’s New Song: “B-tch Better Have My Money”

FourFiveSeconds and now this. Rih, what did we do to deserve this? (Thank you!)

At the iHeartRadio concert, Rihanna entered the stage via helicopter wearing what I can only describe as the sexiest leprechaun outfit I’ve ever seen. She then proceeded to tell the audience that that “B-tch” better have her money! The song is definitely a more revved-up version of “Pour it Up.” Guaranteed to make you dance.

Now normally, I would never do this but this beautiful reaction video.. I seriously couldn’t have said it better myself (Or danced better)! “Female version of I DON’T F-CK WITH YOU!” Our parties on campus just got upgraded.

If you’re interested in seeing her live performance at iHeartRadio, here you go. Everything you ever hoped and wished for is here. (teardrop) Rih-Rih’s back.

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Schoolboy Q Shows Frontier Fiesta a Hell of a Night

Photo by Rupal Mehta

TDE signee Schoolboy Q lit the TDECU Stadium stage on Saturday night with his appearance at UH’s annual Frontier Fiesta.

Atlantic Records artist PJ opened up the show with her set of R&B and classic songs. She got the crowd warmed up and ready to go with her single “Nickels and Dimes,” which talks about money problems that most college students can relate to. After a 30-minute set, PJ left the stage in anticipation of Schoolboy Q. His official TDE DJ set the stage at 8:45 p.m. by getting the crowd excited with songs from A$AP Rocky’s “Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2″ to A$AP Ferg’s “Shabba.”

Schoolboy Q sneaked onto the Frontier Fiesta stage and smiled as the crowd went wild to his opening song “Gangsta” from his latest album Oxymoron. “Y’all are turnt up in here, man!” Schoolboy Q exclaimed as he saw the crowd’s reaction during his performance of “Studio.” He rocked the stage for the next hour and even made it down the field to high-five some fans standing at the front of the stadium bleachers. Q performed some collaboration hits such as A$AP Rocky’s “Brand New Guy” and even Kendrick Lamar’s “m.A.A.d. city.” He ended the night on a good note with his hit single “Man of the Year,” which every true fan in the audience yelled its lyrics to. Check out some pictures from Saturday night below!

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The Gamification of Music Discovery

Tradiio Media Cover

Meet Tradiio, the new music discovery platform hoping to disrupt your Pandora stations and Spotify playlists by turning you into a virtual A&R professional.

The service, created by Portuguese-based developers Stockbeats S.A., gamifies music discovery by allowing the songs of emerging artists to be virtually bought and sold by Tradiio’s users.

Tradiio’s gameplay is simple. Once a user is registered, they’re issued a supply of coins that they may use to invest in songs and build up their portfolio. As users listen and invest, tracks move up and down Tradiio’s charts. Portfolios can only contain up to ten songs—motivating users to sell poorly performing tracks or well-performing ones to earn more coins and clear space for hotter tunes. Tradiio users also earn coins and badges by completing “missions” and “challenges,” like ‘invest in any song’ and ‘listen to five minutes of music.’

Tradiio’s most interesting aspect, however, is its reward system. Users can exchange coins for real-world items like headphones, albums and even concert tickets. The service rewards artists as well, promising them anything from festival gigs to recording studio sessions. Currently, coins can only be redeemed for Tradiio swag, but expect that to change soon as the company is partnered with, among others, wireless speaker manufacturer Sonos and London-based music festival Field Day.

The service is still in its early stages and needs to overcome a few obstacles—namely its small user base and artist rosters—before it can make good on those promises and break into the mainstream. In spite of this, Tradiio looks promising and is a decidedly different platform for music discovery.

Join the fun at tradiio.com, or download Tradiio in the App Store or Google Play Store.

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