AMERICAN BEAUTY: KELELA

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Let’s see, this beauty Kelela Mizanekristos is a singer based in Los Angeles; Her heritage is Ethiopian, and as a teenager she was voted Most Likely to Be a Pop Star, Alternative R&B vocalist and songwriter. Kelela was born in Washington D.C., grew up in suburban Maryland and didn’t have aspirations as a singer until she started studying jazz. She moved to Los Angeles in 2010 and Kelela’s mixtape CUT 4 ME was released on October 1st, 2013. Her sound consist of R&B, Electronic, Experimental, and Trip-hop! In April, Paper Mag listed Kelela as one of the Most Beautiful people Class of 2015,

This music video “A Message” will be intriguing for all Anime lovers at the end. Kelela’s video is totally mesmerizing. It focuses hard on Kelela’s face, as she cuts off her waist-length dreads and turns into an anime hallucination.“A Message” speaks to the misery that Kelela was experiencing at the time. The song represents the “rejection and amputation” period of a relationship, in which the entire EP represents the turbulent lifespan of a relationship.

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What’s Next for Kelela

Kelela is an artist who explores different elements of genres and Loves hard. Her upcoming EP should be different from her mixtape which definitely revealed post-heartache and post-breakup songs, songs that were surrounding a relationship, and then a few songs that point to the actual cusp of change. To fall in and out of Love and start all over again.

Kelela is currently touring and performing at festivals overseas in Europe and  in France. She is still working on her first EP debut, which was supposed to drop early May but it was delayed until further notice. She only wants to release the best and really felt bad about the delay of it to her fans that she apologized via twitter. Kelela has a gang of other songs she has recorded, especially this one with recording artist Tink Kelela x Tink “Want it” .

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Peanut Butter and Jelly – Galantis

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Galantis consist of two members with names like Style of Eye (Linus Eklöw) and Bloodshy ( Christian Karlsson) what kind of music can you expect with a song called Peanut Butter and Jelly? Great sounds, thats what. They created a buzz when they were granted an uncommon opportunity to perform at Coachella. Coachella is a huge music festival that only the best of the best get to perform. A fact about this duo is Boodshy is a song writer and producer. He help reinvent Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, and Madonna.

Peanut Butter and Jelly is a fun upbeat song, doesn’t have to make sense. Does anything make sense anyways? There mascot doesn’t make sense either. They seem to be more then cat lovers. There taste is very majestic, with a cat’s body and a fish face. I don’t think they want us to think much and just let go. Perhaps his trying to help us reinvent ourselves also. Karlsson said “GALANTIS is about challenging, not following”.

SINGER/SONGWRITER JESSIE WARE

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A powerful voice that gives chills, expressive songs and a fashion beauty. Jessie Ware always appears on stage in a chic wardrobe ready to sing her heart out. Ware’s music videos are full of nature, people and visual images that usually illustrate the ballad that is being performed. This unique musician is from London, England. She debuted her album Devotion in 2012 and her latest album Tough Love in 2014.

“Say you Love” me was written by Ware and co-written with Ed Sheeran. This love song depicts that saying these four words mean more than just a hug, and time. Love is an highly dynamic word. When someone is in love, thinking about the other person and wanting to be with them all the time can be tough, because without them life would feel incomplete. Ware sings, ‘Cause I don’t wanna fall in love, If you don’t wanna try, and It sucks when a person falls in love with someone, and the other person is unsure about their feelings towards the whole relationship.

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Jessie’s genres are Electronic, R&B and Tropical. Even though she is a fresh face to the music scene, she has caught the eye of many other artist, such as rap/hip-hop artist J. Cole who jumped on this track “Kind of…sometimes…maybe” with a remix. At the beginning it gets freaky 😝 with Cole’s lyrics then incorporates Jessie’s sensual soft voice for an even more seductive tone.

What’s Next for Jessie Ware

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Jessie Ware is currently on tour in the United Kingdom for the remainder of the 2015 spring and summertime. Don’t feel down though, she does come to the U.S. very often to tour, perform on daytime television shows and collaborate with other famous artist like Miguel, Nicki Minaj and more. Discover new info about Jessie Ware, also keep up with her moves. Follow her below on all her social media websites! ✌

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ANGUS & JULIA STONE

Angus and Julia Stone No this is not an ad from a popular fashion store in the mall, my friends this is a picture of Angus & Julia Stone. This brother and sister duo are from the land down under; Sydney, Australia. The sibling act formed in 2006 and their genres consist of Folk, Indie pop, acoustic music. They both are singer and songwriters that play the guitar and perform together on stage. Not only are they a well balanced team, they still have their own separate music projects going on as well. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nV50lmpVk1E] What a cool party and video. Julia & Angus are performing at a house party with lights flickering, liquor,  people making out and dancing. The normal. “A Heartbreak” a rock/folk song with a soft rhythm guitar and drums is easy to vibe too in a small intimate setting. It opens up about a young woman who went from a “good girl” to a “bad girl” when she starts to hang out with offbeat people in which she starts to see the world around her in a different aspect. “Big Jet Plane” has a chill tempo like riding in a car on a rainy day thinking about someone special. With violins and a soft beat this definitely is an unwind song with a message. As it is expressed in the opening lines “She said ‘hello mister, please to meet ya’; I wanna hold her, I wanna kiss her; She smelled of daisies, she smelled of daisies; She drive me crazy, she drive me crazy” Meeting someone out the blue for the first time can be a tense. If the attraction is real it creates the feeling of infatuation so trust me for future advice take a chance don’t miss an opportunity talk to that person. Let this song give all people motivation.

What’s up Next for Angus & Julia Stone 

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Angus & Julia have debuted three albums, in 2007 “A Book Like This”, in 2010 “Down This Way”, and their newest release “Angus & Julia Stone” (self-titled) was released in August 2014. They have recently performed at Coachella (again on April 17th), they will be at Lollapalooza this year and many more festivals around the World. With Julia’s sweet, mysterious looks and Angus is pretty hot 😘 this sibling duo is not finished making waves across america. Follow them below to keep up with them and Check out more of their videos and Interviews!

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FUSION DUO: PHANTOGRAM

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PHANTOGRAM is the electronic psych pop duo from upstate New York, comprised of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel. Their music is a blend of head-knocking, unique street beat sounds with psychedelic melodies. Sarah sings lead vocals, plays the keyboard, and co-writes all of the songs with Josh, who also does vocals, creates beats and plays the guitar. The band has released three studio albums Eyelid Movies in 2009, Nightlife in 2011 and Voices in 2014.

When I’m small opens up with a hip-hop beat then adds guitar with a pop rhythm that latches on next by the second verse. The bass line establishes the vibe of a deep tempo leaving the rest of the track to cause a reaction. Whether a person only likes only a certain genre, many different genres are fused together in this song producing one sound. It also tells the story of an abused woman and her inner conflict concerning her abusive partner.

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The real meaning of Phantogram is an optical illusion; but in this case the video is also a non-concrete image, merged with music, art and fashion. This is just another way of the duo introducing themselves to the world. Fall in Love explains how a woman can also be the heart breaker.  A man can fall in love with a woman on the flip side the woman may not feel the same way ‘Cause you were falling…..I’m sorry baby 🙁

What’s next for Phantogram

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Phantogram is currently making appearances on night time television shows with popular well-known artist such as Big Boi from OutKast, performing at shows across America like the Hangout Festival, Lollapalooza, Coachella and they will be appearing at Electric Forest this year in June. Follow Phantogram below and keep up with their latest music activity!

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Porn And Chicken Dance Party

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If you do not know about Porn And Chicken Dance Party then you are missing out on one of the most wildest DJ’s and weekly parties that hit Chicagos nightlife. About a half decade ago, with what started as a chill weekly friendly session at Risqué in Wrigleyville, blew up into one of Chicago’s hottest weekly night spots at evilOlive in Wicker Park. Packed with sexy dancers and beautiful bartenders that are commited to the weekly themes and ofcourse, the porn and free chicken, you are guaranteed a one of a kind experience that you may or may not remember.

Awarded with a Chicago Night Life Award for best weekly party, and probably will again this year cause I mean c’mon have you been to their parties? Their continued success gives the Porn and Chicken crew huge opportunities, bringing the party to venues and festivals to places like New Orleans, Las Vegas, Japan and playing with artists like Bro Safari, Ookay, Kill the Noise, Zebo, Trentino, Bingo Players and way more! They might as well put take over the world on the to do list.

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Along with being hosts of the craziest party the PnC crew, Dom Brown, Orvile Kline and Phives, pump out some of craziest big room bangers that you can rage to. Being professional filthy party animals these guys know how to get a crowd going. So knowing that they have the ability to produce these super energetic tracks that really make the dance floor go nuts. To add to that they give out their tracks for free on their soundcloud so you can add them to your mix! Check out their latest hit Watcha Want, download it for free and stick around we will keep you updated on their weekly parties in our event page!

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IT’S LYKKE LI

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Indie popsinger/songwriter from Sweden, Lykke Li (pronounced lick-e-lee) is a phenomenal artist that blends elements of indie pop, alternative, and electronic. Her debut album, Youth Novels, was released in 2008, her second album, Wounded Rhymes, was released in 2011, and her most recent album, I Never Learn, was released in 2014. She has collaborated with many underground artist and also popular artist such as U2.

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Little Bit is from her 2008 album Youth Novels. It is about being in a “friends with benefits” relationship. As it says in this lyric “And for you I keep my legs apart, and forget about my tainted heart”  She doesn’t want to be the first to admit that she is falling in love with that person. Lykke acknowledges in this song that she is just having sex with this person while trying to have no feelings involved. Being interested in someone but afraid to say it first for the fear of rejection is relatable to many people.

This video Gunshot is a song about dealing with an addiction to the point where it kills you, an addiction from love. This breakup ballad finds an anguished Lykke Li longing to get her lover back. This is also a moment in a relationship where you’ve fucked up knowing that some things you can never take back and it’s just gone forever.

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Drift off to totally intangible places with violins, upbeat tempos, relationship anecdotes from Lykke Li. Her heavenly lyrics and soothing vocals can awaken relatable memories. Even though she is fairly new to the industry she is about to make her rise with Music, Art, and Fashion. She is also a collaborating designer for a collection with H&M and also apart of the Gucci Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Follow Her below on all her social media pages to see what’s next!

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Probcause & Friends

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Local Chicagoan Colin Grimm otherwise known as Probcause is gettin known quite quickly from fans to artists and labels. It is his unique style of rapping and the energy he brings to a stage for an audience. It is his music itself that has alot of energy on its own so it is hard not to get known, only to feeding his ego!  Getting the attention by some real dope artists too.

Prob has turned the heads of the Lowtemp crew and other artists alike and the music they make together is pretty perfect. It is like perfect match in creative minds. Recently hookin up with another Chicago artist Manic Focus to make a sexy remix of Exmags track Tilt Mode with Gibbz. Prob is not unknown to Exmag either, having made a track together on his latest album Waves and working with Lowtemp creator Gramatik on a real cool super creative beat that will make you wanna grab a beer n party till you get loud!


Speaking of collabing with dope artists Colin has started another project aside from Probcause. Linking up with Hologram Kizzie, aka Psalm One, to give you Zro Fox. Get it? Pretty cool, and they announced the collab with a serisouly dope music video for their single Might Not, as a preamble to their album to be released later.

Hologram Kizzie and Prob have been workin together for a while since 2008 from live sets at the Bottom Lounge up to Lincoln Hall in Chicago, to working on a few songs here and there on records such as the Recipe Vol. 1 & 2 covering multiple genres. Recently playing here in our very own city of Chicago in Lincoln Hall, is where they first layed down Zro Fox’s single Might Not and it was magnificent.

Watching the two flow together on the mic so flawlessly was amazing. They work very well together, them and Kat V the beautuful violinist, Cofresi and other artists that Prob likes to collab with frequently and bring up on stage. Manic Focus is also known to work with a violinist, Colin n JmaC share some similar interests! Colin definitely knows how to spot and pick a good artist that would be compatible to collab with him. Having a show with Big Gigantic at the Aragon Ballroom this Saturday the 14th, I am excited to see what Probcause has next up his sleeve.

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IT TAKES TWO (TEGAN AND SARA)

Tegan and Sara Quin were born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 1980 and began playing guitar and writing songs at the age of Fifteen. These Canadian twin females have been in the music industry for over 13 years. These ladies are in a lane of their own. Making a musical statement in a vast industry they bridge rock, pop, electronic and alternative into the indie world with many different artist. This has allowed their music to cross over into other genres. They have been covered by The White Stripes with their original song “Walking with a Ghost” to collaborating with superstar DJs such as Tiesto and David Guetta, Morgan Page and many more artist.

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Having sold nearly 1 million career albums and toured with acts from The Killers to Neil Young, Tegan and Sara have now released their 7th studio album Heartthrob and they are acclaimed international celebrated songwriters, performers, and artists. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart, attaining the band’s highest US chart position thus far. Below is a snippet of the whole album in less than 4 minutes!

Looking back to their previous work Tegan and Sara have released 7 albums; Under Feet Like Ours (1999), This Business of Art (2000), If It Was You (2002), So Jealous (2004)The Con (2007)Sainthood (2009) and Heartthrob (2013) including special DVD’s, releases and unheard demos.

Tegan and Sara opened for the band Fun on their Most Nights Summer Tour which began in Toronto, Ontario. When Tegan and Sara are not in the studio recording or chilling back home in Canada they can been seen traveling on Tour across the world. They have performed in many well-known festivals including Mariposa Folk Festival, Sarah McLachlan’s Lillith Fair, Coachella, Lollapalooza, SXSW, Boston Calling, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo and The Toronto World Pride 2014. In July 2014 the duo opened for Lady Gagas 2014 concert tour in Quebec, Canada.

Though their music is not openly political, Tegan and Sara are very politically and socially engaged. They are outspoken advocates for LGBT equality and have done countless fundraisers for youth organizations, music education, literacy, cancer research and LGBT advocacy.

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Tegan currently lives in Vancouver, Sara lives in Montreal. Tegan and Saras music connects all people, whether your in a relationship, about social change, learning to become your own person in life, dealing with a personal situation, losing a loved one, finding love or just partying with your friends, listen to the lyrics and let it get in your heart. In the words of these two, “Close your eyes, and then you free your mind, You’re free to fly.”

Watch this hilarious Interview with SNL star Andy Samberg. Sorry Andy your not their type of Heartthrob 🙁

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RhymSter Scratching The Surface

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Starting the new year off strong, RhymSter has been puttin in a lot of work at the Sandlot Studios. Well into January he has released a few songs and more work pending still. His most recent single You Dont Know which is produced by Henrik3000 a producer from Germany is a super chill track that gets you more in tune with his more relaxed side.

With no signs of stopping RhymSter has been not only working on his own singles but also collabs with numerous artist such as K3N, L.x, Abel Mindead, GNO, ManMan as well as many producers. Can’t Fuck With Us is a smooth production by GridLockAndy with Rhyms spittin over the track with K3N.

Recently releasing a music video, shot and edited by Victor Collaso, this track showcases RhymSters more uptempo and energetic anthems with a view into the life at Sandlot Studios. Clips from the video come from rehearsing, hitting up open mics and just all out putting in raw work at the studio. With so many different styles to his music, Rhymster is coming up with new ideas everyday. So you do not miss out on any, follow him on the links below.

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