Deftones & Incubus Co-Headline a Summer Tour

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This summer there will be a once-in-a-lifetime co-headlining tour with these two bands who have been around for over two decades–Incubus opened for Deftones’ tour back in 2000, a very long time ago. Deftones and Incubus may be a distant nostalgia for some, but many would be excited to see them live anyways. Especially together!

Even though I mainly jammed Incubus throughout my high school years, I am not hesitant to see them perform live. Their shows are always full of energy and the lead singer, Brandon Boyd, hypnotizes you with his angelic voice paired with his DJ skills.

Deftones, on the other hand, have been one of my absolute favorite bands due to lead singer Chino Moreno’s sensual voice balanced with heavy guitar riffs and as a fan I won’t be missing this tour.

Both have two completely different sounds but have been a huge part of music since the early 90’s. Incubus’ inspirational summer ballads and Deftones’ dark seductive croons will make you feel alive!

Don’t miss out!

7/22 — Clarkston, Mich. — DTE Energy Music Theatre*
7/23 — Tinley Park, Ill. — First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre***
7/25 — Cincinnati, Ohio — Riverbend Music Center
8/4 — Holmdel, N.J. — PNC Bank Arts Center
8/5 — Wantagh, N.Y. — Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/7 — Mansfield, Mass. — Xfinity Center*
8/8 — Camden, N.J. — Susquehanna Bank Center
8/9 — Charlotte, N.C. — PNC Music Pavilion
8/12 — Atlanta, Ga. — Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
8/13 — Tampa, Fla. — MIDFLORDIA Credit Union Amphitheatre
8/14 — West Palm Beach, Fla. — Coral Sky Amphitheatre
8/16 — New Orleans, La. — Bold Sphere Music at Champion’s Square +
8/17 — Austin, Texas — Austin360 Amphitheater
8/19 — Houston, Texas — Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion pres. by Huntsman**
8/20 — Dallas, Texas — Gexa Energy Pavilion**
8/24 — Morrison, Colo. — Red Rocks Amphitheatre*
8/26 — Mountain View, Calif. — Shoreline Amphitheatre
8/30 — San Diego, Calif. — Sleep Train Amphitheatre

(* tickets on sale April 25, ** on sale May 1, + on sale May 8, *** Death From Above not on this show)

Get your tickets here!

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“A Simple Rebirth” Shines Light to New Beginnings and Brighter Future

"A Simple Rebirth" Presentation

“A Simple Rebirth” Presentation

The setting was Downtown Houston, a place full of commotion, chaos, and concrete. The perfect ambiance for the daring production, “A Simple Rebirth,” that welcomed their first show night on Thursday with an open heart. Presented at Notsuoh Theater, the dramatic presentation depicted the struggles women face in their lives and left audience members fully aware of the many misfortunes the female gender has experienced. Like most things in life, the presentation shined to a brighter future for those present. Although the presentation, “A Simple Rebirth,” was vivid, multifaceted, and thought-provoking, it not only brought awareness but illuminated light to the importance of celebrating new beginnings, bravery, and the importance of honor.

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“A Simple Rebirth” Presentation

Directed by Samira R. Noorali, the production was rare and artistic in its own unique way. Truthfully, the rareness of it all made it more honest because they created it. The first act delivered poetry from cast members that arranged themes reflective of their personal issues with which some have dealt with. IMG_0481By voicing some of their issues on stage, some cast members became vulnerable, or at least that was the illusion given. Graphic imagery and aggressive language allowed the production, “A Simple Rebirth,” to give off the emotions, regardless of actuality in relation to the cast members, of the sufferings of women and their sources of feeling empowered. There were songs, poems, skits, and even dances. The cast included nine members some of which presented their music talents on stage. Noreen Ali, a college student pursuing biomedical engineering, performed a powerful song that proved that the creation of a song is more than enough to take listeners on an unforgettable journey into the mind of the performer. Ali was not the only performer that expanded her lungs before a microphone, Saif Sattani did too. The production consisted of mostly women, for the exception of two males. Sattani was one of the males that delivered a different perspective on the struggle for women’s empowerment. Ali and Sattani joined forces to deliver an enduring song encouraging all to “Rise, [and] Stand Up,” leaving attendees in awe and admiration of the poetic and musical talent the entire cast presented.

"A Simple Rebirth" Presentation

“A Simple Rebirth” Presentation

The emotions cast members aimed to distribute on stage were felt so deep and powerful; tears were present among audience members. The receptive audience was fully engaged. Clapping, crying, and shouting, they managed to grip on to their seats, not letting go until the end of act two when the show confirmed that life improves, souls evolve, and ultimately, one must always cherish ‘A Simple Rebirth.’

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“A Simple Rebirth” Presentation

Samira R. Noorali’s, “A Simple Rebirth,” continues to show this weekend with presentations scheduled for tonight, Friday the 17th, and Saturday the 18th, all at 8 PM in Notsuoh Theatre on 314 Main St.

Tickets available at www.BrownPaperTickets.Com/Event/1428811

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Drake’s “Jungle Tour” to Kick-Off in Houston!

It’s that time again! Drake has announced a 6-city tour that will start in our beloved city of Houston, Texas. After his Coachella performance, he posted on Instagram that he will be touring with former tour mate Future next month. The tour is named after his song “Jungle” which was part of the surprise release of “If You Are Reading This It’s Too Late.”

Tickets go on sale this Saturday, April 18 at 10 AM at www.houstontoyotacenter.com

Prices range from $39.50 to $125.

Are you going to see Drake on tour this year? Comment and let us know!

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Record Store Day 2K15

Vinyl lovers rejoice! Our Christmas is here! This Saturday record stores across the nation will be participating in the annual Record Store Day. Now, you’re probably asking what this is, and if you do know what this is, you’re asking why this isn’t every day. Record Store Day is when Record Stores across the nation give out special releases and other goodies that you can’t get anywhere else but this day.

Past RSD’s for me have always been nothing less than awesome! Tons of people cram into all of these record stores that normally resemble public libraries full of hipsters. It’s a huge day for the store owners and customers, alike. In the  past my acquisitions have included Toro y Moi’s June 2009 album all on individual 7″ vinyl! I also got the impossible to listen to correctly Flaming Lips album Zaireeka which is meant to be played on four separate record players. This is consumerism at its finest people!

Here’s a list of Stores participating along with addresses and working hours the day of (All information was taken from the respective stores website):

Heights Vinyl – 3122 White Oak Dr., Houston, TX 77008 (281) 974 1234 Open: 11AM-10PM

Allrecords – 3211 Edloe St., Houston, TX,77056 (713) 524 4900 Open: 11AM-6PM

Sound Revolution – 1312 FM 1960 W, Houston, TX 77090 (281) 444 5454 Open: 8AM-9PM

Soundwaves – 3509 Montrose, Houston, TX 77006 (713) 520 9283 Open: 10AM-9PM

Vinal Edge – 239 W. 19th St., Houston, TX 77008 (832) 618 1129 Open: 10AM-7PM

Sound Exchange – 1846 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX 77098 (713) 666 5555 Open: 11AM-7PM

Cactus Music – 2110 Portsmouth, Houston, TX 77098 (713) 526 9272 Open: 9AM-10PM

Sig’s Lagoon – 3622 Main (Suite E), Houston, TX 77002 (713) 533 9525 Open:11AM-10PM

Black Dog Records – 4900 Bissonnet #102, Bellaire, TX (713) 522 6001 Open: 11AM-6PM

That’s a lot of vinyl to dig through! So my recommendation to those RSD noobs is to hit up Cactus Music first, then Sig’s Lagoon (voted the best record store in 2014 by the Houston Press), and finish it all off with Vinal Edge in the Heights.

I personally have not visited all of these stores before, but I’m sure goimg try and cross some of these off of my list. Soundwaves and Sound Revolution also sell apparel. Soundwaves has a ton of surfing gear, and Sound Revolution carries skate clothes and E-Cig products. And since there is no possible way I can list all of the special releases that could be coming to these stores (it’s kind of a toss up what they get, stores say they are participating and the RSD people send them all the goods) so instead, I’m just going to post a link, you can always call and see if one of these places has your must have item. Now, some of these hours will most likely be extended, as I just pulled these off websites and didn’t call but two. Also, be there early, this is like the Black Friday of Music, it ain’t no joke!

http://recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases

I hope you all have a fun Record Store Day I hope to see a lot of you guys out there! Let me know what y’all pick up! Tell me about your RSD experience!

Oh, and be sure to listen to my cohost, Wesley, and I Saturday’s 7-9 PM “No Top Forty” right here at Coog Radio. Be sure to follow us on twitter @NoTopForty and @coogradio to keep you updated. Thanks for reading!

 

 

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Can We Have a Moment For…Bis (The Band That Sang “The Powerpuff Girls Outro Theme”)

Millennials far and wide, let me introduce you (formally) to Bis. The Glasgow, Scotland indie-pop trio that was active from 1994-2003 and has reformed in 2009 to the present. What’s their deal? Why should we “have a moment…” for them? I’ll tell you why…

Long-story-short, it’s a theory of mine that people seem to be “borrowing” a lot of themes, sonic ideas, and aesthetic pieces from Bis either without knowing it or with blatant intention to do so. Now, in our post-modern culture this is neither “shocking” nor cause for concern. However, I do feel it’s necessary to explain how they’ve influenced me as an artist and expose you to their music while possibly shedding light on a movement already in progress.

As mentioned in the title, you might remember one of their songs:

Ah yes, the wonderful end theme of the this classic Cartoon Network late-90’s/early millenium staple. This song, surprisingly, gives you a pretty legitimate starting point for what their sound basically is. It’s very cartoony and catchy, but still on the cusp of something pop and kind of non-conformist as well. Snotty and unapologetic. Another great example is there song “Action and Drama”

This shows a little more of their fun-but-biting spirit with an upbeat and child-like instrumental but thought provoking and satirical lyrics.

Can we also have a short moment for this period of fashion? Like, seriously:

Her highlights are KILLING ME!

Anyway, back to the music.

After hearing those tracks, you can start to hear that pop sensibility coupled with a punk lens coming into play. So understandably, it became a trend from the mid-90’s on till now with little to no objections with “who started it” and “who does it best.” In the 2010’s, you hear artists like Charli XCX, Grimes, MØ, and almost any British punk/indie-rock band try to replicate this sound and approach. Now, though this isn’t a particularly “new” idea and it’s not exclusive to Bis, it should be noted that this was a band that had exposure through television on a very popular show on a very popular network. I know I couldn’t have been the only person that after singing that song ENDLESSLY for days didn’t say “Wow, I have to find out who sings that song!” So, next time you watch the Powerpuff Girls, and you hear the outro theme, don’t forget Bis.

As a matter of fact, I’ll leave you with my favorite song from them:

You can listen to their discography on Spotify including their newest albums “Data Panik Etcetera” and “Return to Central.”

What do you think of these jams? Do they make you think of childhood goodness? Teen angst? Dark euro-disco clubs? Let me know in the comments and share on social media!

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Track By Track Review: “Cherry Bomb” by Tyler, The Creator

IT’S HERE!

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The five different album covers for “Cherry Bomb”

“Cherry Bomb,” with a total of 13 songs, was released late Sunday night, or early Monday morning for us in Texas, and boy is it different from Tyler’s previous albums.

For those of you have not  heard the album, direct your ears to the Spotify playlist below as you flow through the sonically extensive tracks of “Cherry Bomb.”

Warning: Songs contain mature material and lyrics. So do the tweets included with the track reviews. Advance at your own discretion! :-)

Track 1: DEATHCAMP  feat. Cole Alexander

This was one of the first songs Tyler released to those who pre-ordered his album as well as one of the songs he opened with at Coachella. In a nutshell, “DEATHCAMP” is intentionally made to sound “gritty” and is one of the stronger “rock/rap” songs on the album.

Track 2: BUFFALO

This is one of those “f*ck the crowd, be a leader” songs. Along with some clips of Shane Powers telling Tyler to “not f*ck this up” since a lot of the younger generation look up to him, Tyler questions “how many leaders are in the house” obviously bringing up the issue of posers in society today. This song was alright, I liked the message but the beat tends to drown out Tyler’s rapping until the second half of the song.

Track 3: PILOT feat. Syd 

This song continues on Tyler’s “flight” when he “finds his wings.” The mixing on this song tend to be a bit gritty during his verses, but the instrumental in between Tyler’s verses provide a nice contrast to the harshness of his raps. Syd from The Internet is featured and gives a “heavenly” sound to the rough mixing. “PILOT” is one of the songs I used to skip over in a heartbeat, but now it’s slowly growing on me.

Track 4: RUN feat. Chaz Bundick

Just like Tyler describes in his tweet, this is a message to peers of his that he knew that started to “gang bang.” This is the shortest song at about one minute as well as another song you won’t exactly feel much for unless you like the short verse on it or the positive message it brings to the public.

Track 5: FIND YOUR WINGS feat. Roy Ayers, Kali Uchis, & Syd

In this song he gives out his own personal advice to his listeners – “Find Your Wings.” Taken figuratively, he is telling all his fans to be themselves, believe in what they can do, and power off of their own confidence. This is the best sounding song sonically on his album as well as one of the top tracks in “Cherry Bomb.”

Track 6: CHERRY BOMB

You’ve probably noticed I’ve mentioned mixing that was “rough,” “harsh,” and sort of “gritty” a LOT. This mixing is especially seen in “CHERRY BOMB.” Despite it being one of the louder, “in your face” songs, this is one of my personal favorites. If you attend one of Tyler’s shows, expect a mosh pit to appear when this song comes up.

Track 7: BLOW MY LOAD feat. Wanya Morris, Austin Feinstein, Dâm-Funk, Syd, & Eric Andre

As stated by the tweet below, Tyler made this song in reference to a picture he saw of the famous british model Cara Delevingne. On the most sensual song in “Cherry Bomb,” Tyler describes in great detail of what he wants to do to his girl as well ass making many dirty innuendos and references. It wouldn’t be a Tyler, The Creator album without at least one dirty song amirite.

Track 8: 2SEATER feat. Austin Feinstein

Of course with his love of cars and everything fast, Tyler includes a song about his “2SEATER.” This song was a nice change of pace with a snazzy saxophone solo and other multiple instruments stringing along to the beat as well as a nice tempo change in the middle when Tyler addresses how he likes when a girl’s hair “blows.” Absolutely fantastic instrumentals elements on “2SEATER.”

Track 9: THE BROWN STAINS [OF DARKEESE LATIFAH PART 6-12 (Remix)] feat. ScHoolboy Q

I’m not even sure who “Darkeese Latifah” is, but damn the beats on this song are on POINT. In my opinion, this is almost like a sequel to ScHoolboy Q’s “The Purge (feat. Tyler The Creator, Kurupt)” off his Ovymoron album. “THE BROWN STAINS” is one of the more upbeat songs on “Cherry Bomb” and with a feature including ScHoolboy Q (who performed at UH for this year’s Frontier Fiesta! Go figure) it was bound to be some persons-0091

Track 10: F*CKING YOUNG / PERFECT feat. Charlie Wilson & Kali Uchis

One of my favorites from this album. Probably…. my favorite of all of them actually. “F*CKING YOUNG / PERFECT” has the perfect amount of jazz and hip-hop to balance each other out. Although the topic is a bit touchy, you are bound to forget Tyler is reaching out to a girl who is too “f*cking young” because of the awesome chord changes and jazzy musicality.

Track 11: SMUCKERS feat. Kanye West & Lil Wayne

Okay so, this song sure was a surprise. Tyler brought out both Kanye West AND Lil Wayne for “SMUCKERS” and the result? Absolutely fantastic. One of the best features on this album with Kanye smack talking Nike:

Cause Nike gave lot of n*ggas checks

But I’m the only nigga to ever check Nike

and Lil Wayne bringing out some of his infamous word play:

I’m starin’ at a tramp on lean, make my eye jump

“SMUCKERS” is a song that is definitely worth listening to.Tyler even boasts about it multiple times on his Twitter.

Track 12: KEEP DA O’S feat. Pharrell Williams & Coco O

“KEEP DA O’S” is a nice follow up to “48,” a past song from Tyler’s previous album, “Wolf.” Both song are obviously about drugs – specifically, cocaine. “Mr. Treat-Ya-Nose” is heard repeatedly until the second half of the song kicks in and the tempo changes up with a nice piano riff where “find your wings” begins to be chanted. One of the more uplifting songs on the album.

Track 13: OKAGA, CA feat. Leon Ware, Clementine Creevy, & Alice Smith

The last track sounds like the perfect lazy, long-day-after-going-to-the-beach kind of song. To me at least! This last track closes out “Cherry Bomb” in a perfect soft and subtle way.

TL;DR: “Cherry Bomb” showcases what Tyler can do both as a maturing producer and lyricist. It can be a little hard to digest some songs when you first listen, but after a few couple listens in the songs start to grow on you. Some songs more than others. At the end of the day, whether you hate or love “Cherry Bomb,” Tyler’s just a dude who’s having fun with his music and wants to share his perspective on life at this point in time.

Listen to: FIND YOUR WINGS, DEATHCAMP, SMUCKERS, THE BROWN STAINS, F*CKING YOUNG / PERFECT,  KEEP DA O’S

Skip over: BUFFALO, RUN

Rating: 4.5/5

Shout-out to Rap Genius for providing lyrics for each song on “Cherry Bomb.”

Did you like Tyler’s new album? Hate it? Think he’s going in the right direction, wrong direction, or think he should stop all together? Let us know in the comments below!

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