Photos: Cardi B, Young Thug & More Shine as “The Freshmen” Takeover Chicago

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Some of the biggest emerging names in rap & hip-hop took over the Windy City last night, as Adam Torres Concerts’ The Freshmen concert with Cardi B, Young Thug, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, PNB Rock and Young M.A invaded the UIC Pavilion.

From PNB Rock joining A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (who is celebrating the release of his debut album) on stage, to Cardi B performing her hit single and the biggest song in the world right now, ‘Bodak Yellow’, and of course Thugger’s entertaining headlining set, the entire night was full of highlights from start to finish. If you were a rap fan in the Midwest, there was no better place to be than the University of Chicago-Illinois campus last night, as no fan left disappointed.

What was maybe most impressive about tonight’s lineup is the sheer star power of young talent across the entire cast of artists. Cardi B has become an overnight mega star, and is on her way to becoming the next big thing in rap. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie is more than on the verge, and don’t be surprised if he continues to blow with his new debut LP. Young Thug is one of the most exciting rappers out of the ATL, with no signs of slowing down. And Young M.A and PNB Rock are two artists that keep the ladies in the crowd wanting more, both with promising careers ahead.

Be sure to take a look at tonight’s lineup a year from today, just to see how tonight’s artists continue to grow.

Check out our photos from last night’s performance below.

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Corbin (Spooky Black) & Shlohmo Bring Their U.S. Tour to Madison’s Majestic Theatre

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Minutes ago, St. Paul native and singer/songwriter Corbin stepped off stage after a great Wednesday night performance at Madison, WI’s Majestic Theatre. Formerly known as Spooky Black and 1/4th of Thestand4rd, Corbin was joined by his tour’s co-headliner, Shlohmo, and D33J, to put on a show for the University of Wisconsin crowd.

Up first for the night was electronic producer, Djavan Santos, who is better known as D33J (pronounced ‘deej’). The Los Angeles artist has collaborated with artists like Lil Yachty and Tory Lanez, and tonight he played a number of tracks to get the night started right.

Paving the way for Shlohmo’s co-headlining set, the producer kept the party going with a number of cuts for his Wisconsin fans. Shlohmo has been putting out project after project for the past seven years, including his No More EP with Jeremih and a number of fan favorite remixes, but tonight was all about his original music. Shlohmo played track after track, thanking the audience after each track. Shlohmo hadn’t done a show in Wisconsin in years, but fans already can’t wait for his return.

After a brief intermission, Corbin hit the stage to greet his Madison fans around 11:00 PM. With finals still months away, Madison had no reason not to stay up all night as the talented singer performed some of his early singles and tracks from his debut album, MOURN. What’s maybe most appealing about the Minnesota singer is the contrast between his appearance and vocals, proving that no one should just a book by his cover. While his attire was relatively conservative tonight, in the music video for one of his breakout tracks ‘Without U’, Corbin (at that time, Spooky Black), a caucasian teenager, is dressed in turtle necks, FUBU tees and do-rags, which looks humorous to some, until his amazing voice takes over.

With retro movies and home videos playing on a projector behind him, and a unique set design which consisted of a rug, old television set and two cardboard dogs constructed out of painted over USPS Priority Mail shipping boxes, the performance had an intimate vibe from the very beginning.

Corbin continued to showcase his vocal talents and he did not disappoint. Highlights of Corbin’s headlining set included his performances of ‘reason’, ‘Without U’ and of course the lead single from his debut LP, ‘Ice Boy’, which is produced by his tourmate, Shlohmo. Freshman, grad student or Madison local, there was no better way to spend your Wednesday than at the Majestic tonight.

Check out our photos from tonight’s performance below, and get tickets for the remaining tour dates here.

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Our 5 Most Anticipated Performances of the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival 2017

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Music fans are less than a week away from one of the best music festivals of the year, with the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, located just outside of Nashville in Franklin, TN. With a number of emerging artists warming things up in the day, some big headlining performances at night and a number of activities and food options throughout the grounds, people throughout the country can’t wait to #MakeThePilgrimage this weekend.

From Fitz and the Tantrums to the festival’s partner, Justin Timberlake, there are a number of performances that you won’t want to miss, but we are only going to give you five of our favorites for now.

Check out our list of our 5 most anticipated performances of 2017’s Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival below.

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Bebe Rexha and Marc E. Bassy Announce Co-Headlining “Bebe & Bassy Tour”

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Singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha and ‘You & Me’ singer Marc E. Bassy will team up this fall to embark on a big co-headlining U.S. tour. Dubbed the Bebe & Bassy Tour, Rexha and Bassy will kick things off on October 16th in Seattle, and will make stops in 23 cities throughout the country.

The co-headlining tour will make stops in Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, Las Vegas and many more, until things conclude on November 19th in Santa Ana. Tickets for the Bebe & Bassy Tour will be available via presale beginning on Wednesday, September 20th at 10AM, will tickets for the general public going on sale Friday, September 22nd.

Check out the dates and locations for the Bebe & Bassy Tour below.

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Photos: TLC, Sugar Ray and the “I Love The 90’s Tour” Bring the Nostalgia to The Ravinia in Highland Park, IL

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Fans at the Ravinia Music Festival in Highland Park, IL were in for a treat tonight, as the I Love The 90’s: The Party Continues tour brought your favorite artists from one of the best decades in music for a memorable night of nostalgia.

With opening performances from Snap! (‘The Power’), All-4-One (‘I Swear’), O-Town (‘All Or Nothing’) and Biz Markie (‘Just A Friend’), and headlining sets from Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath and TLC, it was rare that fans heard a track that wasn’t a big hit years ago. Whether you were singing along to TLC ‘No Scrubs’ or belting out the words to Biz Markie’s ‘Just A Friend’, it was impossible to leave the festival grounds tonight without a smile on your face.

Tonight marked one of the last major shows for the Ravinia Festival’s 2017 season, and it couldn’t have gone any better. Highland Park residents and music fans across the state of Illinois are already counting down the days to another memorable summer at The Ravinia.

Check out our photos from tonight’s performance below.

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Niall Horan & Maren Morris Will Team Up for His Flicker World Tour in 2018

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Although Niall Horan still has his 2017 tour ahead of him, where he will perform a show at Chicago’s Rosemont Theatre, the former One Direction star will re-launch his tour in 2018 for a number of dates across the globe. And Niall isn’t traveling alone either, as rising Country-star Maren Morris will join the Flicker World Tour 2018.

Kicking things off in Houston, TX on July 18th, Horan will make stops in Nashville, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Toronto, Irvine, St. Paul, Denver and many more, until the tour concludes over a year from today in Miami. Fans can visit Niall’s official website for tickets and more information.

Peep the dates for Niall’s Flicker World Tour 2018 below, and listen to his brand new track ‘Too Much to Ask’.

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Common’s AAHH! Fest Cancelled for 2017, Scheduled to Return in 2018

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In 2014, AAHH! Fest rivaled all other Chicago music festivals in just one day. The rap and R&B festival, led by Chicago’s own, Common, saw performances from Kanye West, Dave Chappelle, Jennifer Hudson and more. The next year however, the festival announced that it would be taking a year-long hiatus, hoping to return in 2016.

The festival surprised many and kept its promise, returning in 2016 with huge performances from J. Cole, The Roots, Vic Mensa, Common and a surprise appearance from Chance The Rapper.

Unfortunately for fans wishing to attend AAHH! Fest in 2017, history is repeating itself as AAHH! Fest abruptly announced that this year’s festival would be cancelled. In an official statement the festival announced that they are “retolling this initiative to create an experience that goes far beyond an outdoor music event.” And with that, the festival announced that it will return on September 15, 2018.

Be sure to save the date and hope that AAHH! Fest returns bigger than ever.

Read AAHH! Fest’s official statement below.

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Action Bronson Announces Blue Chips 7000 Tour

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Get excited because Action Bronson is hitting the road this year, for his headlining Blue Chips 7000 tour. Getting things started on October 5th in Dallas, TX, Action will make stops in Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Houston, Vancouver and many more, until the tour concludes in December at The Palladium in Worcester, MA.

Bronson stole the show at a number of music festivals this past summer, including Miami’s Rolling Loud and Outside Lands in San Francisco, so believe us when we say that you won’t want to miss out on a tour of his own, in support of his new Blue Chips 7000 project. Tickets for the tour go on sale here, this Friday, September 15th.

Check out the dates and locations for Action Bronson’s Blue Chips 7000 Tour below.

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Taylor Swift’s Ticket Rewards Program Doesn’t Deserve The Hate

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Scalpers, look what you made Taylor Swift do! In an effort to combat ticket scalpers and ensure that real fans get tickets to her concerts, Taylor Swift is getting a lot of undeserved hate for her new Taylor Swift Tix program with Ticketmaster Verified Fan.

For those not familiar with the program, Ticketmaster and Taylor Swift have created a program to “beat the bots”, where fans can engage in a number of activities (including buying her album and merch) to boost their future chances of buying tickets. The thought process? Bots and scalpers are less likely to engage in these activities to buy tickets.

First off, is her war against ticket scalpers legitimate? Of course. Taylor isn’t the first, she is joining artists and entertainers like Bruce Springsteen, Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles and even Louis CK, to help ensure that their fans don’t get ripped off by horrible resale prices.

Why are people upset? Of the many things fans can do to boost their chances at tickets, they can pre-order her album and buy merchandise. Some view this as Taylor ripping off her fans. However, are fans at her concerts not already buying merch and ordering her album? Of course they are. So why not reward them for it?

Do you have to spend money to participate? A simple review of the Taylor Swift Tix program will show you that there are many more free activities than paid ones, to help boost your chances at buying tickets. You can watch her new music video, lyric video and a number of behind the scenes videos all up to 10 times a day. Sure, watching a 2-minute video doesn’t get you as much of a boost as pre-ordering her album, but someone who orders her album is more likely to be a true fan.

In no way though are you required to spend money. You don’t have to have the most boosts of all her fans, you just need more boosts than the 15,000th person in that city or whoever is the first person who is met with the horrible “SOLD OUT” message when buying tickets.

It’s impossible to know exactly how much you will need to do to ensure tickets, but after less than an hour of watching some Taylor Swift videos online, my status bar was filled up nearly 90% for her next potential Cleveland concert.

What’s the alternative? One way to avoid scalpers making huge profits off fans, in an economics sense, is to price tickets at their true market value. On her 1989 World Tour, Taylor sold out stadiums and arenas all throughout the world, including two sold-out shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field. If $100 tickets sell out in minutes, where a percentage of those tickets go to scalpers who sell them for 2x or 3x that, the alternative is Taylor bumping up prices of her tickets by another $100 or so. Every $200 in profits that a scalper doesn’t get for selling tickets, is another $200 in the pockets of a true fan, Taylor’s sheer profits off tickets remains the same.

Even when tickets are expensive in your mind, if they sell out well before showtime, then the tickets clearly aren’t priced as high as they could be. That’s why scalpers take advantage of this, and often make a killing.

So unless you’d rather pay much more for your seats, be happy that fans have a free avenue to ensure they get tickets from Taylor directly and not some creep off Craigslist, tickets which may or may not be authentic.

So cool your jets… Maybe Taylor will see a spike in pre-orders and merch sales, but who cares? No one is forcing a gun to anyone’s head. Taylor isn’t some capitalist pig. If that was the case, she would raise her ticket prices even more and her last concert (and her only show in 2017) wouldn’t have been a completely free event, where fans in Houston and throughout the country were able to win tickets via a number of online and in-person contests.

If you want to see Taylor Swift in concert in the relative future, sign up for the program and watch a couple videos, otherwise take a seat, because the haters gonna hate.

Dua Lipa Shares Dates for Headlining “The Self-Titled Tour”

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English singer/songwriter Dua Lipa is transitioning from her festival shows and dates in support of Bruno Mars, into a big headlining North American tour of her own.

Dubbed The Self-Titled Tour, the ‘Be The One’ artist’s tour will kick off on Monday, November 20th in Boston, and will make stops in Chicago, Nashville, New York, Toronto and more, with a second leg starting up in February 2018 with more dates throughout North America. Stay tuned to Dua Lipa’s official website for tickets and more information.

Check out the dates for Dua Lipa’s The Self-Titled Tour below.

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