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The Shaky Beats Music Festival

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By Tre Hardy

For years Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta has been home to Shaky Knees, a festival composed of the biggest names in the indie scene like My Morning Jacket and Florence + the Machine. This year, the festival decided to change it up and give Atlanta the music festival it deserves: the Shaky Beats festival. The event features well-known artists, just like the Shaky Knees festival, but with a twist catered to the electronic and hip-hop fans.

The first day of Shaky Beats started off with Small Black, an indie band that prides themselves in their unique, distorted sound on the Piedmont Stage. Immediately following on the Peachtree Stage was Jai Wolf, an electronic artist known for his remixes of radio hits like Nelly’s “Ride Wit Me” and Odesza’s “Say My Name.” Back on the Piedmont Stage, AlunaGeorge delivered a performance with her own sexy choreography which was only made sexier by the downpour of rain on stage. To close out the night on the Peachtree Stage, Major Lazer played the most entertaining concert I have ever seen. The way Major Lazer got the crowd pumped was phenomenal. Between the amazing pyrotechnics display, chart topping songs like “ Lean On” and “Light It Up,” the Caribbean back-up dancers, and the tons of fog, it’s safe to say that Day One of Shaky Beats was memorable.

With the amount of great music and excitement from Day One, it’s hard to believe that it would be possible to follow that up, but ATL knows how to party. One of the first acts of the day was “!!!” (Pronounced Chk Chk Chk), a band I had never heard of before but I liked their groovy, block party sound. Following their set was Tory Lanez. The “Say it” singer/rapper didn’t do much singing or rapping but rather played a recording of his songs while he walked on the hands of the audience and preceded to climb atop a lamp post and finish out his performance. Definitely the most “WTF” performance I’ve ever seen. Following Lanez was Marshmello, a deadmau5-esque DJ. Midway through Mello’s set, he brought out a special guest who wasn’t even on the line-up: Atlanta local and self-proclaimed turn-up god, Waka Flocka Flame, who went hard in the paint for his home town. Even though Waka’s appearance was unexpected, it’s not surprising considering that he’s been working in the EDM scene as of late.  To close out the night was Seattle electronic duo, ODESZA. Their music is known for its upbeat percussion, so to complement that, they brought out a drum line to play alongside them on stage to end the second night.

Although Shaky Beats is mostly electronic music, the festival also managed to bring out some of the biggest names in hip-hop. Day Three introduced Harlem native and rising rap star, A$AP Ferg, who was “not [there] to perform,” but rather “to party with the people of Atlanta.” Ferg brought the crowd to life with his new single, “New Level,” and later closed with “Work REMIX” before getting the crowd to chant “rest in peace A$AP Yams,” in memory of the creator of A$AP Mob, who recently passed away last year. After Ferg was another New York native: Hip-hop legend Nas. From start to finish, Nas put on an unforgettable show performing hip-hop classics like “N.Y. State of Mind” and “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That).” Nas also screened the film, “Belly,” which he starred in, and gave the millennials of the festival a lesson on cassette tapes. Before getting off stage, Nas left the audience with some inspiring words: “Don’t ever look up to nobody [sic],” exclaimed the early 90s rapper. “You’re your own role model!” To close out the final day was headliner and electronic/drums/saxophone duo, Big Gigantic (BG). Not only did BG give Shaky Beats the sign off it deserved, but they also brought out another Atlanta local, Big Boi, who performed “The Way You Move” one time before letting BG finish out their set alongside Carnage who also performed that day at the festival.

Now with the first ever Shaky Beats in the books, all I can think about is when next year’s festival will be and how many other surprise Atlanta rappers will show up (Andre 3K, maybe?). For more festival coverage and chances to win tickets, stay tuned to KSU Owl Radio, Georgia’s #1 online college radio station.

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Shaky Beats Preview

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By Tre Hardy

This weekend from May 20-22, the Atlanta festival that brought you Shaky Knees introduces the inaugural year of Shaky Beats! The festival, hosted in Centennial Olympic Park, is set to feature Odesza, Major Lazer, Nas, A$AP Ferg and more! General three-day admission tickets are on sale now for $162 on www.shakybeatsfestival.com. Be sure to come out and see your favorite Kennesaw State kids from Owl Radio at the event and stayed tuned to ksuradio.com for special promotions and ticket giveaways!

Concert Comments Off on SweetWater 420 Fest

SweetWater 420 Fest

By Tre Hardy

In the center of downtown Atlanta, the city is alive with the sound of music. Located in Centennial Olympic Park was a music festival—the 12th annual SweetWater 420 Fest; a hippy-friendly festival featuring artists from a plethora of genres, the finest locally brewed beer in Atlanta, and enough “medication” to tranquilize a lion.

Day One of the 420 Fest was just as lively as you would expect. Immediately after entering the gates, I was greeted by the blare of music, inebriated festival goers, flower crowns, white people with dreadlocks, and the staple of any music festival: over-priced food trucks. The festival featured four stages, all of which featured their own unique line-up. The Lyrics and Laughter Stage was composed of local bands and comedians. The Disco Stage, sponsored by one of Atlanta’s prime music venues, Aisle Five, featured the best and most entertaining of electronic artists from local home-town hero Ployd to Paper Diamond. The two larger stages, the Main Stage and the Planet 420 Stage, featured more of the well-known artists like Pepper and Cypress Hill, who put on quite the show performing their hit, “Insane in the Brain,” and even playing snippets of oldies like Nirvana’s “Smells like Teen Spirit” and House of Pain’s “Jump Around.” For the final act, Kid Rock performed on the Main Stage and ended Day One with a bang.

Day Two kept the energy going with more 420 festivities. Some of the artists of the evening included Funk You, a local funk band from Augusta, Georgia on the Laughter and Lyrics Stage and Tokyo Police Club on the Planet 420 Stage who performed their hits, “Toy Gun” and “Not My Girl.” Later that evening the main stage was greeted by reggae band Rebelution who set the perfect mood for the cannabis-friendly festival with “Feeling Alright,” which is the epitome of what 420 Fest is all about.  Immediately following their act was The Roots (yeah, the one with Questlove) and directly across from them at the Planet 420 Stage was electronic-rock band AWOLNATION, who put on an amazing show, keeping the crowd on their feet with songs like “Kill Your Heroes” and ending their set with the chart-topping “Sail.” To close out the second night of the festival was Bastille, who lit up the stage with their unique percussion and synth sound.

The last day started out strong with Leftover Salmon, a band famous for their distinctive sound and creation of the Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass genre. Late afternoon was met by People’s Blues of Richmond, a band that combines rock and blues for a Black Keys-esque sound. At night, Atlanta native, actor, and legendary hip-hop artist Ludacris took the stage to wrap up with his songs, “Stand Up” and “What’s Your Fantasy,” to remind his hometown that he’s still the dope MC he was in the early 2000s before welcoming Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals to the stage to end the last day of the festival.

Between the oppressive heat of the sun throughout the day, getting lost on the way to the festival and getting burned with two cigarettes, the SweetWater 420 Fest was a substantial and unforgettable experience and a hell of a way to spend a weekend in downtown Atlanta. For more festival coverage and chances to win tickets, stay tuned to KSU Owl Radio, Georgia’s #1 online college radio station.

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MATT CORBY’S DEBUT ALBUM “TELLURIC” NOW OUT ON ELEKTRA RECORDS

THE WILD HONEY PIE PRESENTS MATT CORBY TELLURIC TOUR COMMUNION PRESENTED SHOWS IN MINNEAPOLIS, DALLAS AND ATLANTA

image(1)Telluric,” the debut full-length album from Australian musician Matt Corby is out now via Elektra Records. The album, which was recently awarded Feature Album of the Week on Australia’s revered Triple j Radio, continues to receive critical acclaim both stateside and abroad:

“Remarkable debut ★★★★” —Q Magazine

 “… Groovy ‘70s choogle from Down Under, served with an extra side of Steely Dan.” —Entertainment Weekly

“… Transcendent gospel-soul.” —MOJO

“Moving, impassioned, and totally calming.” —NYLON

“His perfectionism has done him proud, as Telluric is a masterful glimpse into the mind of a man who has much to say, and who says it beautifully.” —The Line of Best Fit

“It’s smooth, easy-going and has a psychedelic pop feel that’s bound to make Tame Impala fans swoon.” —Indie Shuffle

Additionally, The Wild Honey Pie will present Corby’s anticipated return to North America this summer with tour stops including Chicago’s Vic Theatre, San Francisco’s The Fillmore, Los Angeles’ The Wiltern, Washington DC’s 9:30 Club, New York’s Terminal 5, as well as an appearance at the Sasquatch! Music Festival. “His catchy melodies will make you hum along,” The Wild Honey Pie said. “His soulful voice will captivate you and the rhythm will keep you on your feet.”

Corby originally wrote his debut album two years ago in Los Angeles, but, unsatisfied with the results, he scrapped the entire project. His aim was to become self-sufficient in every aspect of the recording process—composing and producing his own music in addition to songwriting.

Delving a little deeper and a little darker, Corby spent the past few years in home studios all over the world ending up in a cottage in rural New South Wales, Australia where he wrote and recorded new music. The album was produced by Dan Hume and co-produced by Corby.

In 2011, Corby’s career took off with the release of the “Into the Flame” EP, featuring the song  “Brother,” which garnered 5.5 million plays on YouTube and went platinum six times in Australia. “Brother” and his 2013 single, “Resolution,” both won ARIA Music Awards for Song of the Year. Off the back of this success, Corby played sold-out headline shows across Europe and performed at some of the UK’s biggest festivals including Glastonbury and Latitude.

MATT CORBY LIVE TOUR DATES

May 21—Chicago, IL—Vic Theatre

May 22—Minneapolis, MN—Varsity Theatre

May 24—Boulder, CO—Boulder Theatre

May 26—Vancouver, BC—Commodore Ballroom

May 28—George, WA—Sasquatch! Music Festival

May 29—Portland, OR—Crystal Ballroom

June 1—San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore

June 4—Los Angeles, CA—The Wiltern

June 8—Dallas, TX—Trees

June 9—Austin, TX—Hogg Auditorium

June 11—Atlanta, GA—The Buckhead Theatre

June 13—Washington DC—9:30 Club

June 14—Philadelphia, PA—Union Transfer

June 16—New York, NY—Terminal 5

June 18—Toronto, ON—Massey Hall

June 19—Montreal, QC—Corona Theatre

June 20—Boston, MA—Paradise Rock Club

For more information, please contact Cami Opere, Louis D’Adamio or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000, cami.opere@sacksco.com, louis.dadamio@sacksco.com or carla@sacksco.com.

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About Communion Music:

Communion Music is an artist-led organization that combines elements of live promotion, publishing and recording to create a hub for artists to develop and flourish. Founded in London in 2006 by musicians Ben Lovett (Mumford & Sons), Kevin Jones (Bear’s Den) and producer Ian Grimble, Communion has since worked with artists such as Ben Howard, Gotye, Michael Kiwanuka, Rubblebucket, Catfish and the Bottlemen and many more. Communion Presents — the live promotion aspect of the organization — produces events at venues with capacities ranging from 150 to 10,000.

Connect with Communion Music on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

Communion Presents Contact: Aaron Jakubovitz, aaron@communionmusic.com

Concert Comments Off on Don’t Get Star Struck

Don’t Get Star Struck

Build an Empire: Watch Party With Chubbie Baby

With Empire being Fox’s #1 television series, grossing over 13 million viewers, it’s only right that Icon Studios and Loud-N-Klear Ent brough out one of Hip-Hop’s legends for their watch party and mixer. Chubby Baby, is the Vice-President of A&R at Epic Records, which is the home of a lot of Hip-Hop and R&B heavyweights.Don’t get it twisted though, Da Baby doesn’t just sit in a comfy chair to tell those with dreams yes or no. He is a a legend within the culture: rapping along with hip-hop gods such as Cam’ron, Mase, and Biggie Smalls. He’s also managed future and has given numerous opportunities to the Atlanta music industry.

When Chubbie Baby spoke you could feel his genuine vibe and respect for everyones grind in the room. He took the time to answer questions from aspiring producers, rappers, and song writers throughout the night. He gave advice on how to make contacts in the industry and how to build a dope grind around what you do. He put major emphasize on how being hungry means you have samples of your work at all times, and stay thirsty for knowledge. Even though I can’t rap nor sing, Chubbie told me to stay hungry and keep working on my craft. The event was super dope and reminded me what Hip Hop Culture is really about.

 

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