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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Dillon Francis + Sultan & Ned Shepard – When We Were Young ft. The Chain Gang of 1974

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Dillon Francis gives us a sneak peak of his debut album Money Sucks, Friends Rule with this single off the LP. This epic collaboration with Sultan & Ned Shepard and the Chain Gang of 1974 keeps the anticipation for the album up high. This is one of Dillons euphoric tracks with some smooth upbeat synths and of course his own style of sounds that he has perfected with nice vocals over it. When We Were Young will definitely be a fun & memorable sing along anthem at live shows, and since there is a lyric video for the track everyone should know the words!

Even tho Dillon has announced in an interview with Power 96 during Ultra that July is for sure the month to release the album, the apparent delay does not phase us. Going through record labels as we know is always a tedious process. With word of collabs with TwistaBrendon Urie and of course Sultan & Ned Shepard and Chain Gang of 1974 to be on the album, we have no problem waiting in anticipation! The talent on this album will no doubt make up for the time.

Check out the lyric video for When We Were Young below.

Golden Features Releases A Music Video

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Since the start Golden Features has been a project by Tom Stell to express creativity in his own musical style, becoming an artist of his own, straying away from the tedious nature of mainstream edm artists. Since his debut self titled EP Golden Features has been getting recognized everywhere. Recently Golden was nominated for best break through artist by InTheMix next to artists like What So Not, Motez, Wave Racer & M4SONIC. The winner will be announced this August 6th at an invite only dinner.

Needless to say Golden has been real busy with his music and getting his name out there. He has also been working on other ways to express his creativity, looking into visual arts.  As of late Golden released a music video for his track Tell Me ft. Nicole Millar. The video has a sinister vibe at first being filmed in black & white. Taking place in an abandoned warehouse with odd characters Golden takes you inside his head and gives you a glimpse of his world. Very fitting visuals for this track I would say check out the video below to see for yourself.

RL Grime Drops First Single Off Upcoming Debut Album

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RL Grime has been puttin in some serious work in the studio. Working on his debut album, the man otherwise known as Henry Steinway is starting to build the hype by dropping some heat. Core, the first official single off his debut LP, is one proper trap anthem. Complete with an animated music video for the track, this original will break necks on the dance floor with it’s alarming synths and heavy bass and hard hitting snares.

Henry just keeps getting better and better at his craft and the release of this single only builds the anticipation for more new music. There is no official date for the album yet but it will be coming later this year on WeDidIt Records. For now check out RL Grime ‘do the shit that he do’ in the music video below. Hit up his soundcloud or the youtube description to get the link to purchase this track.

Basement Jaxx – Unicorn (Music Video)

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The legendary duo Basement Jaxx not too long ago dropped this animated music video for their single Unicorn. Animations in the video were created by Tomek Ducki. The song itself is a real groovy deep house track reminiscent of 90’s house music. With the words Jump In! repeated through the track it is not hard to start dancing and jumping along. Check out the video below.