Category Archives: Features

Our Summer In Photos

BY DAN GARCIA

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

In our inaugural summer, we got to see, enjoy and cover a lot of great shows during the festival season. Working with Pigeons and Planes, I did their coverage at Lollapalooza and exclusively for The ER we were approved to cover Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival. Check out the best shots we took over the summer, with artists such as Eminem, Outkast, Chance the Rapper, Kid Cudi, Snoop Dogg, Childish Gambino and much more!

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Interview | K’Valentine

BY DAN GARCIA

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

This past weekend Talib Kweli set us up with one of Chicago’s emerging young artists, K’Valentine. From Chicago’s South Side, K’Valentine started her rap career from her passion for poetry and has been actively committed to her music since she began rapping. While speaking with K’Valentine backstage at the North Coast Music Festival after her performance with Kweli, she told us about her journey over the past few years, how she first got in touch with Talib, and her upcoming project “Organically Earned” (you heard it here first!), due out later this year and executively produced by Talib Kweli.

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North Coast Music Festival Sunday Recap

BY DAN GARCIA

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Yesterday ended North Coast Music Festival’s 5th Anniversary. With performances by artists such as Bassnectar, Talib Kweli, Kid Cudi, Action Bronson, Riff Raff and many others, the festival closed out with a headlining performance by Snoop Dogg. Check out some of our Sunday photos.

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Interview | Talib Kweli

BY DAN GARCIA

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

Talib Kweli continues to be one of the most active voices in hip-hop and black culture since his inception into the genre during the mid-1990s in Brooklyn, New York. If you don’t best know him for his music, including his critically acclaimed albums and singles (such as his hit ‘Get By‘), his work Mos Def (making up half of the legendary rap duo Black Star) or being the artist who first introduced us to Kanye West (inviting the young Chicago producer/rapper to tour with him), you may likely know him for his social activism. Often praised for the messages in his music, rapping about equality, compassion, and issues of great dignity (gravitas if you will), Kweli is not afraid to go to extra lengths to commit himself to the issues he raps about.

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North Coast Music Festival Saturday Recap

BY DAN GARCIA

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Today began North Coast Music Festival’s second day of acts, with performances by artists such as Talib Kweli, Little Dragon, Kid Cudi and many others. Tomorrow will close the festival’s 5th Anniversary with performances by Snoop Dogg, Riff Raff and more.

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North Coast Music Festival Friday Recap

BY DAN GARCIA

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Today kicked off the opening day of Chicago’s 5th annual North Coast Music Festival, which will features acts like Kid Cudi, Snoop Dogg, Talib Kweli, Bassnectar, Action Bronson and many others over the weekend. Today we caught some of our favorite acts of the festival, including BadBadNotGood, Chet Faker, Action Bronson and Bassnectar.

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10 Acts We’re Most Excited to See at North Coast Music Festival 2014

BY DAN GARCIA

 

In our inaugural year and summer as your daily source for music, we were given the great opportunity of being invited to cover Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival‘s 5th Anniversary. If you find yourself in Chicago this weekend, The Early Registration has the acts that you should be most excited to see.

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10 Acts to Anticipate at FYF Fest 2014

BY DOMINIC BARICEVIC

It’s that time of year again. FYF Fest is happening this weekend in the city of sunny Los Angeles, California. Having the fortune of being able to go for both days, I am very excited to see a slew of artists crossing several genres, some new, some old, and some reunited again after a hiatus (with the unfortunate exception of Death Grips due to breaking up last July). Here are my 10 most anticipated acts:

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Musicians and Ferguson: Bringing Awareness to a Great Cause

BY JACOB BALLESTERO

Photo by Robert Cohen/AP

Unfortunately we all know of the travesty in Ferguson, Missouri, where unarmed teen Michael Brown was shot down by police on August 9, 2014. Ever since that night, those who feel the sting of injustice knowing that Brown was shot at least six times while unarmed have began to protest, both violently and peacefully. While those that are currently situated in Ferguson are protesting, many prominent musicians have also began to protest both physically and through their words. Let us take a look at some of the big names in music currently supporting the people of Ferguson and their cause.

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The Early Registration’s Albums of the Year (So Far)

BY TER STAFF

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

Although 2014 has not been strongest year for albums thus far, being a couple months past the half way point of the year we have compiled our list of the best albums of the year so far.

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