Throwback Thursday Review: CrazySexyCool | TLC

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BY: EVAN VOGEL

I don’t really know if it’s possible to dislike certain groups. These are the groups that have set certain standards for what music sounds like or maybe simply created music that no one person can resist. Few songs have that effect the way putting “Waterfalls” on in a room full of people does. The drums and synthesized instruments sweep in, in full jazz mode and then are overtaking by some soothingly earnest R&B vocals. When the chorus hits, the trio takes all bets off the table and everyone joins in; it’s fantastic. Now, you know how people say it’s hard to shine on a team full of diamonds? Well, TLC came close to proving that theory right with their sophomore LP ‘CrazySexyCool’.

Just like their name symbolizes an acronym, covering each member of the trio, their album title covers the basis of what is going down on the project. The instrumentals stay precisely timed rhythms with the help of drums and electric pianos. The three members each adds their own vocal flavor to the batter. The real ability lies in how well they harmonize and play off their own strengths. From a more than capable rhyming potential and pitch perfect R&B that has never sounded more 90’s.

It’s important to note, the group was far from genre bending or breaking the rules of what had been set before them but, they did multiply expectation by three and combined skill sets that up until this point were mostly confined to features or collaborations. One of the project’s unique elements is its ability to reflect its title and the energy of its personalities so well. You hear “Creep” and realize that these women are not to be tested, then “Diggin’ On You” sets the light mood of taking in the beauty of a relationship. It’s made all the more interesting as it segways into the ode to backstabbers, “Case Of The Fake People”.

TLC made sure they were themselves. A lot like that group of girls we all knew in high school. Their personalities didn’t quite match but for some reason it worked so well that everyone took notice anytime they were around and together. Grounded yet occasionally funky, this project allows you to jam out to one of the best songs of the decade as soon as it imparts its little wisdoms about love and friendship on you. This album was the seductive stare into your eyes that everyone hopes to have from another person. The title of the LP signifies anything but boredom and therefore points in the direction of intrigue. There’s enough quality R&B material here from the trio that had every right to be the entire 1990’s population’s first crush(es).

8.4

New Music: Listen to The Weeknd’s Remix of Bryson Tiller’s “Rambo”

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Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

The Weeknd and Bryson Tiller are easily two of the top names in R&B music right now. So when The Weeknd took to his Soundcloud to drop his own remix of Bryson Tiller’s fan favorite record, ‘Rambo’, Bryson and Abel fans alike were both more than excited. Louisville meets Toronto on this one, and The Weeknd’s vocals and references make ‘Rambo’ and even more addictive than it was before. Expect this one to be on constant repeat for awhile.

Stream The Weeknd’s ‘Rambo’ remix below.

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Adam Sandler & Friends Announce Huge Netflix Comedy Tour: Chicago, New York & More

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Adam Sandler and his best friends are bringing a dream lineup of a comedy tour to a city near you and we couldn’t be more excited. Presented by Netflix, “The Do-Over Tour” is coming to the U.S. in May and will feature performances from Adam Sandler, David Spade, Nick Swardson, Rob Schneider and various special guests.

This epic comedy tour, named after Netflix and Sandler’s forthcoming movie, will kick off on May 19th in San Francisco and will make stops in Brooklyn, Boston, Washington D.C., Chicago’s historic Chicago Theatre and more! Don’t miss out on tickets, as they will surely sell out in minutes. Check out Ticketmaster.com for more information!

Check out the dates for The Do-Over Tour and watch the teaser trailer for Sandler and Netflix’s upcoming movie of the same name below. The Do-Over hits theaters May 27th.

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Album Review: This Unruly Mess I’ve Made | Macklemore

This Unruly Mess I've Made
BY DANNY GLYNN

With the announcement of This Unruly Mess I’ve Made, many will question the stylistic approach that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have taken with this new album.  Two years have passed since the pair won four Grammy Awards, including Best Rap Performance for their  hit, Thrift Shop. Macklemore is mostly known for his pop songs but he does have some lyrical diamonds in the rough. Seldom speaking on serious issues, but when he does, like in his hit song Same Love, the public loves it.  The duo has a history of alternating between gleeful and genuine. Straying from the musical norm as well as the social norm, Macklemore’s taste for eccentric apparel has helped to create his unconventional image.

Upon scanning the features on Macklemore’s most recent album, one can only expect a tremendous amount of firepower. Macklemore was able to acquire the skills of Mike Slap, Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, Grandmaster Caz, Xperience, Krs-One, Dj Premier, Ed Sheeran, Leon Bridges, Chance The Rapper, Idris Elba,  Anderson Paak, YG, Carla Morrison, & Jamila Woods.

The first song, ‘Light Tunnels’, catapults the listener into an intense instrumental, which fades into Macklemore’s experience at the Grammy’s. He spits about the pretentious atmosphere and the gaudy aura, noting that the ceremony revolves around insecurities and viewer ratings. We all remember when he ran away with four awards that night, beating out Kendrick Lamar and then posting their text messages later that night on Instagram. It was a strange text apologizing Kendrick and saying that he thought he was robbed. No one really knows why he would send a text like that nor does anyone know why he would post it on Instagram.

Next he jumps into one of his old habits and signature songs. The song ‘Downtown’ is about his crew and himself cruising through the city on mopeds that were just recently bought in an impulsive decision. The music video gives off a very 1980’s vibe. The video depicts a lot of leather, fur and afros. There is a  motorcycle chariot,  a stuffed moose welded on the front of a motorcycle, and many other strange props. Finishing off the video is a scene similar to that of the  Ferris Buellar’s Day Off  parade , filled with more leather, fur, afros, and mopeds. Next up on the album is another strange one named ‘Brad Pitt’s Cousin’. It talks about his cats’ Instagram, his “cousin” Brad Pitt, how every white dude in America went to the barber shop and said “give me the Macklemore haircut”, his text messages between God and himself, “deez nuts”, and how he used to smoke that purple weed. This bar that was dropped about purp is the first of many on this album. He says “I used to smoke that purple weed, sip a bunch of purple drank, that shit did just not work for me ,now I drink that herbal tea”. This is overall a goofy song but there are glimpse of greatness that make me hopeful for the rest of the album.

In his 3rd song he talks of his younger years. After he was done with his shifts at Subway, he would catch the bus equipped with speakers,  spray paint and a location to meet up with the squad. Touching on how he would be dipping police in alleys and spray painting walls gave this album a new feel. He was in on the graffiti scene and wasn’t going to let the fact that it was illegal hold him back. This song has a kind of grimy feel to it.

Macklemore recently had a daughter and this next song is for her. ‘Growing Up’ feat. Ed Sheeran, is a feel good song with Macklemore trying to explain life to his infant daughter the best he can in 5 minutes and 5 seconds. He made the song so that his daughter can listen to it when she’s 20 and remember why her dad does what he does.

Up next is one of the most powerful and real songs on the album. ‘Kevin’ is a song that is personal to Macklemore. It tells the story of how he lost one of his good friends to Oxycontin, at the young age of 21. With prescription drugs being more readily available than ever before, Macklemore attacks the big pharmaceutical companies for providing doctors the opportunity to over prescribe people left and right. He calls for more rehab centers instead of jail time. He has a powerful verse where he says “Look at Kevin, now he’s wrapped in plastic, first dealer was his mom’s medicine cabinet”. He next rifles off every kind of prescription drug you can think of and the reasons they are given out. You can hear the exasperation and passion in his voice throughout the whole song. Leon Bridges comes in with his fantastic old soul vocals to add the cherry on top “Doctor, please, give me a dose of the american dream. Put down the pen and look in my eyes. We’re in the waiting room and something ain’t right. All this is on you, we’re over prescribed.” This song is one that will hit home for many listeners considering 52 million americans over the age of 12 have used prescription drugs non-medically in their lifetime.

‘St. Ides’, the well known 40 oz. alcohol brand endorsed by Ice Cube in the 90’s, is the title of the next track. Macklemore reflects on his childhood when he would steal his father’s cabernet. The young artist  had no idea what path it would potentially lead him down. It all comes full circle in this song for him with reflection on his problems with alcohol and drugs. He describes his struggle with just trying to see another Saturday, all the while telling himself that everything would be all alright.

The following song titled ‘Need To Know’ is a special one. I was excited for the next track as soon as I saw Chance The Rapper slide across my screen. Anything with Chance on it in the last 18 months has been fire, this track was bound to follow suit. To be honest, Chance completely robs the song from Macklemore and kills it. He confesses the path that he wants his daughter to go down, how he is pressured to change his lyrics from talking about God to talking about what’s cool, and how he wishes that he could go to open mics and go back to the night before he was famous. Just an all around great track. Macklemore and Chance could defiantly pull off more work in the future.

The song ‘Dance Off’  is literally about a dance off. When I saw that Idris Elba was featured, I was intrigued. A fast beat song with lots of electronics makes for a mediocre filler song for this album.

Following up is the song ‘Let’s Eat’. Macklemore is the only artist who can write a song about literally eating food. The whole song is about how he constantly says that he is going to go on that diet and start working out. Of course, every day he puts off the diet until the next day. I am not sure what to think about this upbeat happy song. This song may just simply be about food or it could be another song about how hard it is to stop using prescription drugs and alcohol for many people.

The song ‘Bolo Tie’ feat. YG was one that I was excited for.  It looked like it was going to be one of the only fast beat, turn up songs on this album, but I was wrong. This is a slower song about how everyone shot him down which eventually began to lower his self esteem. He then realized that he should not care about what people think of him. Once he started to do that he began to thrive. When he sings “keeping my name in your mouth, just don’t bite your tongue when you chew it”, he’s telling his haters that he doesn’t care what people have to say about him as long as he’s making music that has meaning to his fans and himself. YG comes in on his verse and takes the time to get some stuff off of his chest also. YG says “ when I got shot that was headline news, ya used me for views I ain’t stupid, cause what about all the good, the non profit for the kids in the hood” Both YG and Macklemore come into this track letting people know they don’t care what you have to say and that they live their lives the way they want to.

‘The Train’ is a touching song that takes you into Macklemore’s earlier life when he was trying to start up his career. Starting a career means being on the road and being away from friends and family. Consequently, this could ruin the relationships you have with the people you love. It is a hard decision to know whether or not to go for it or simply give up.  Thank God he decided to follow through.

The final song on the album ‘White Privilege II’ is an 8 minute follow up song to his 2005 track titled ‘White Privilege’. The disputed song is about the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. He goes to a police protest to be a part of the movement but doesn’t feel that it is his place to give his two cents on the subject. He feels incredibly awkward for “stealing” black culture. “We want to dress like, walk like, talk like, dance like, yet we just stand by. We take all we want from black culture, but will we show up for black lives?” says Macklemore about the serious topic in America today. The song is filled with conversations from both white and black people about the subject. This song will really make people think twice about white privilege.

Overall, this album is something that will shake up the status quo for the rap game. Macklemore has always wanted to be a rapper that preaches on social issues but was forced to make garbage songs like ‘Thrift Shop’ and ‘Downtown’ so that he could break out.  At the time he didn’t have the platform like a Kanye or a Justin Bieber to be able to talk about the things that he wanted to. As others have said, this album is disappointing yet occasionally lit. For every good and meaningful song there are 3 trash songs. The album jumps from very serious subjects to joke songs which diminishes the meaning behind the important topics. If you are going to make a serious social issue album, there should be consistency throughout the project. Likewise, the same consistency should exist in a funny upbeat album. Macklemore continues to shed his skin and is slowly coming out of his shell. He is still a little self conscious and feels that he needs his upbeat pop songs so that he has a platform for his serious messages. On his next project, he should go all in and make a meaningful album. By doing this, he will be taken much more seriously and given the respect he deserves.

6.8

WebsterX Announces “The Lost Ones” Tour

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Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Kicking off in just over a month on May 13th in Eau Claire, WI, Milwaukee rapper WebsterX will embark on his biggest headlining tour yet. Making stops in 11 cities in 17 days, the ‘doomsday’ artist and face of Milwaukee’s New Age Narcissism collective will perform shows in Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee and many other cities until the tour concludes May 29th at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI.

Check out the tour dates for WebsterX’s “The Lost Ones” tour below.

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B96 Chicago Announces 2016 Summer Bash Lineup: Mike Posner, Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris & More

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Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Just a couple months ago we had a great time at B96‘s Jingle Bash, which featured a great lineup of artists: Jason Derulo, Demi Lovato, Hailee Steinfeld, Shawn Mendes, and 5 Seconds of Summer, just to name a few! And now today, B96 has announced its official lineup for its next huge event bash, the B96 Summer Bash. Performing the Summer Bash this year, on June 26th at the Allstate Arena, will be some huge names in pop music including Meghan Trainor, Mike Posner, Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris, Iggy Azalea, Charlie Puth and Daya!

Check out B96‘s official website for more information and ticket details.

 

The Most Anticipated Headliners of Summerfest 2016

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Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

To no surprise, Milwaukee’s lineup for Summerfest this year is the most diverse of all major music festivals in 2016. Yesterday “the World’s Largest Music Festival” revealed its over 90 headlining acts (with more to come), so today we have our most anticipated headlining acts for Summerfest 2016. This year Summerfest takes place from June 29 – July 3 and July 5 – July 1o at the Summerfest Grounds in Milwaukee, WI and you can check here for ticket information. Ticket prices start at just $13 and $80 right now for an 11-day pass (these are not misprints), with various promotions that run all festival long. Lollapalooza may be having its huge 25th anniversary just 90 miles south, but there is no better way to spend eleven days of your summer at one of the most unique music festivals that the country has to offer.

It wasn’t easy to decide who we are most excited to see at Summerfest this year, but definitely hit the jump to check out our ten most anticipated acts of Summerfest 2016. And be sure to check out Summerfest.com for more information!

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Stream Los Angeles-Based Singer/Songwriter Moxie Raia’s New “931” Mixtape

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Los Angeles-based Moxie Raia is on track to have the best year of her life. Not only is she currently featured on Justin Bieber’s huge Purpose Tour, but this week the singer/songwriter released her anticipated and independently released mixtape 931. The tape not only showcases why Raia is one of the most exciting emerging acts righty now, but it has some huge features from Pusha T, Post Malone, Goldlink, Wyclef Jean and more! In 931, Raia sings about her last few years, meeting new people, and learning and growing as an artist.

Listen to ‘931’ and check out her tour dates with Justin Bieber and Post Malone below.

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Lollapalooza 2016 Lineup Revealed: Lana Del Rey, Radiohead, J. Cole & More

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Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

If you got your wristbands for Lollapalooza’s huge 25th anniversary then consider yourself lucky because this year is set to be the best one yet. Trumping all major music festivals this year, Lollapalooza announced its 2016 lineup today. From huge headlining acts to some super cool emerging acts, and everything in between, Lollapalooza is the place to be this summer.

This year Lolla will feature headlining performances from Lana Del Rey, Radiohead, J. Cole, the Red Hot Chile Peppers, LCD Soundsystem, Future, Ellie Goulding and more. Chicago’s premiere music festival will also feature some great performances from EDM superstars Major Lazer, Martin Garrix and Disclosure, rockers Jane’s Addiction and The 1975, G-Eazy, Haim, Halsey, Bryson Tiller, Alessia Cara, Leon Bridges, Big Grams, Vic Mensa and many many more. It isn’t just the celebration of a quarter century of great music and an added fourth day, but it’s the lineup from top to bottom that will make this Lolla one for the ages.

Tickets are practically all sold out by this point but certainly check Lollapalooza’s official website for more information and ticket packages! This year Lolla will again take place in downtown Chicago at Grant Park, this year from July 28th until the 31st.