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The Neighbourhood Brings The Nu Waves Tour to Milwaukee with Kevin Abstract

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

Moments ago, California indie rock band The Neighbourhood (“The NBHD”) stepped off stage after a memorable sold out performance at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, WI. Known most for their #1 alt-rock hit, ‘Sweater Weather’, the Jesse Rutherford led group performed much more than their A-side singles and brought some talented supporting acts to set the tone for the rest of the night. With some awesome opening sets from Canadian R&B artist, JAHKOY, and one of rap’s most exciting emerging artists, Kevin Abstract, The Neighbourhood had a tough act to follow, and fortunately for their Wisconsin fans, The NBHD put on as great of a headlining performance as the talented artists before them.

Kicking off the Nu Waves Tour tonight was indie rap artist, Kevin Abstract. An artist who admittedly draws inspiration from Childish Gambino, an super-talented but very polarizing rapper, Kevin Abstract is nerdy and weird in the best most abstract way. Not only did he perform a quarter of his set in his signature motorcycle helmet, but he did it while someone was waving a flag throughout the show, moments before he busted out a Razor scooter. And although Abstract has definitely built a core fan base in the past couple years especially, the Texas-native turned a lot of heads with his music video for ‘Echo’, easily one of the best videos of 2015. Performing ‘Echo’, ‘American Boyfriend’, ‘Empty’ and more, Abstract gave fans a taste of his debut, MTV1987, and what they can expect from his forthcoming album, They Shoot Horses. He is certainly his own artist, but if you’re a fan of Childish Gambino, Tyler the Creator, Frank Ocean, Kid Cudi or anyone in between, you’ll love Kevin Abstract.

Following Abstract’s energetic performance was JAHKOY, also not an indie rock performer. While you may expect The Neighborhood to recruit other indie rock artists, perhaps ones that sound like lesser versions of the headliners, you couldn’t be more mistaken. Although it definitely makes sense to stay within your “genre” to set the tone for your forthcoming performance, The NBHD flipped the script by recruiting an R&B singer and a rap artist. And if it were just any R&B artist, or any rapper, this method could have easily failed. However it would be difficult for The NBHD to have chosen any two better emerging acts in the hip-hop world than JAHKOY and Abstract. JAHKOY is seeing a huge wave of success and co-signs in the past year, especially with the debut of his single ‘Odd Future’ on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Radio just a few months ago. Lowe wasn’t the only huge name in music to give the Def Jam artist a big co-sign, as Drake later played the same record on his OVO Sound radio program. While still building up a discography of his own in his very young career, JAHKOY introduced himself to fans tonight with a selection of some of his newest records, and while many didn’t expect to attend an R&B concert tonight, they are glad they did.

After a brief intermission between performances, it was time for The NBHD’s return to Milwaukee. Performing in support of their 2015 album, Wiped Out!, the guys opened with the LP’s record, ‘Greetings From Califournia’. And while the crowd overwhelming enjoyed the performances from Abstract and JAHKOY, you could instantly tell this was the moment they were waiting for. Throughout the night the crowd was singing along every word, whether it was one of Wiped Out!’s B-side tracks, or whether it was a track from The NBHD’s earlier years. The energy never reached a low point, even for the band’s most laid back records, and all eyes watched Rutherford’s every move throughout the night. Closing the night with two awesome performances of their number one hit, ‘Sweater Weather’ and Wiped Out!’s equally successful closing track ‘R.I.P. 2 My Youth’, The NBHD definitely delivered for Milwaukee tonight.

Check out our photos from tonight’s performance below and check out the remaining dates on the Nu Waves Tour here.

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New Music: Chicago’s Owen Bones Recruits Mick Jenkins & Kevin Abstract for “Stuntman”

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

Chicago’s own, Owen Bones, has recruited an all-star cast of emerging rappers for his new record ‘Stuntman’. With Kevin Abstract and fellow Windy City native Mick Jenkins and a fire beat, the 21-year-old DJ/producer’s new track is an addictive banger. You can find the new record on Bones’ new 3-track EP, Surrender!, which can be heard now on Bandcamp. You definitely don’t want to sleep on this awesome collaboration.

Stream ‘Stuntman’ below.

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The 10 Best Music Videos of 2015

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

Are music videos a lost art in 2015? With MTV and VH1 airing more reality television programs than actual music videos, it is no surprise that a lot of artists have abandoned the music video route of promotion. Fortunately not all artists subscribe to such logic. Many superstar artists still know that fans crave visuals, even if they are streaming it from their phone or tablet. And a lot of emerging artists know that creating some dope visuals are a great way to gain exposure and put your name on the map. Check out our favorite music videos from this past year and see who got our number one spot.

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Watch BROCKHAMPTON’s New Music Video for “Dirt”

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BROCKHAMPTON, the self-proclaimed “All American Boy Band”, led by rapper Kevin Abstract, has released the music video for their new single ‘Dirt’ (available now via Fool’s Gold). The visuals were released together by Fool’s GoldVFILES and MTV, as part of the “VFILES LOUD!” contest. The Texas collective’s new video is directed by Tyler Mitchell and you can check out the video now.

Watch BROCKHAMPTON’s official video for ‘Dirt’ below.

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Stream London O’Connor’s New Album “O∆”

BY WILL LAMPEY

London O’Connor isn’t the average rapper. Continuing to push the boundaries of the perception of Hip-Hop’s sound, along with buddies Kevin Abstract and BROCKHAMPTON, London focuses the album’s sound towards warm palettes, creating a comforting soundscape. He produced the album entirely on his own and continues to prove the possibilities are endless for a 2015 “bedroom”, artist as Kevin puts it.

Stream  O∆ at the link below.

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Vic Mensa and Kevin Abstract Beef Over Twitter

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

Apparently Vic Mensa isn’t a fan of rapper Kevin Abstract, or at the very least he doesn’t think that Kevin Abstract has the hottest page on Soundcloud right now. Last night Vic posed a question on Twitter, “hottest page on Soundcloud?” When one follower replied, saying that Kevin Abstract has the hottest Soundcloud, Vic replied with a big “No”.

When Abstract caught word that Roc Nation‘s newest artist wasn’t a fan, he laughed at Vic’s reply with a tweet of his own. Abstract also compared Vic to a young Chance The Rapper, a comparison that Vic likely hears way too often. Next (perhaps as a subtweet aimed Abstract’s way) Vic posted a picture of his BMW (which has since been deleted), prompting Kevin Abstract to tweet a hilarious response. “Vic mensa just subtweeted me and flexed his bimmer. im currently broke af in my bedroom watching mean girls.”

We are a big fan of both artists but we have to give the “W” to Kevin, unless Vic posts a picture of himself watching Mean Girls in his bimmer, in which case the win goes to Vic.

Check out Kevin Abstract’s tweets and compare both the rappers’ Soundclouds below.

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Songs of the Week ft. Big Sean, Travis Scott, Meek Mill and More!

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Songs of the Week

The best and brightest of this past week in music, as well as a throwback track! Hopefully you can bump these tracks on your way to work to brighten up your Monday mornings. This week we have new music from Big Sean, Travis Scott, Meek Mill and more! Continue reading Songs of the Week ft. Big Sean, Travis Scott, Meek Mill and More!

Check Out BrockHampton’s (Kevin Abstract and Friends) New Track ‘Bet I’

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BrockHampton, which is the Kevin Abstract led group of young artists, designers, video directors and producers who recently moved to Texas to collaborate on art, just released their new track ‘Bet I’. The track is written, produced, and performed by BrockHampton and mixed and mastered by BrockHampton’s Joba (artwork courtesy of hk). The group consists of Abstract, Matt Champion, hk, BEAR//FACE, RussellBoring, Joba, Merlyn Wood and others (try your best to keep up). Stream ‘Bet I’ below.

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Who’s Next Up: The Best Upcoming Rappers Across America

BY WILL LAMPLEY

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Daily, the internet means more and more to finding new music and supporting it. Because of the internet, the idea of an artist being regional and having to sound like where they come from is becoming smaller. Now, listeners can enjoy music from all over the country and compare to find out who the best from each area is. Let’s see who the best new artists of America really are…

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