Category Archives: NEWS + UPDATES

A QUiRK’S CONCERT CALENDAR: COLDPLAY AND JAY-Z TO PLAY BARCLAYS CENTER TO RING IN 2013

Who has two thumbs and WILL be at Barclays Center on December 31st to see Coldplay and Jay-Z live? THIS GIRL!

Coldplay just announced the addition of three shows to their widely successful US tour that will include two shows at Jigga’s precious pet arena and I couldn’t be more amped.  I’ve been trying to see Coldplay live for YEARS and to have the opportunity to ring in the New Year watching these two monumental artists perform on a brand spanking new stage is something I refuse to pass up.

In addition to the New Year’s Eve show, Coldplay will play Barclays the day before (12/30) and the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT on December 29th with Naturally 7 as the opener; tickets for the Mohegan Sun show will go on sale 11/16 at 10AM EST while the Barclays sets will go up for sale 11/17 at 10AM EST.

Coldplay hasn’t sold tickets for an NYC show since 2005 and with Jay on the bill, please know that these tickets WILL sell out within the first hour of them being on sale – not even joking.

Be sure to hit up Live Nation and bookmark that event page so you can refresh it the second tickets go on sale – that’s my secret that I just shared with you, you’re welcome.

SOURCE: COLDPLAY.COM

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VIDEO: “I AM OTHER” CAMPAIGN LAUNCH + PHARRELL SPEAKS ON CONCEPT

I just love it; I love everything about this and I will go on record as saying that this brand is perfectly aligned with my entire existence. You can’t get more OTHER than me! PHARRELL WILLIAMS has just launched his i am OTHER brand that features those who go about life a slight bit left than everyone else. Finally, we have a club to belong to.

What makes this movement even greater are Pharrell’s PSAs – he’s amazing. Check them out below followed by links so you can get familiar with the wave.

Videos, news and more: http://www.iamOTHER.com
Like i am OTHER on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/iamOTHER
Follow i am OTHER on Twitter: http://twitter.com/i_am_OTHER
Listen to i am OTHER on Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/iamother

 QUiRK TALES! is OTHER!

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NEWS + UPDATES: BUDWEISER’S “MADE IN AMERICA” BOASTS PEARL JAM, RITA ORA AMONG MUSIC ACTS + PRESALE STARTS NOW!

The lineup for Budweiser and JAY-Z’s Made In America two-day music festival dropped yesterday and it’s nicely varied.  Pearl Jam and Hov himself will headline the festival that also features Janelle Monaé, Calvin Harris (maybe prompting a Rihanna appearance similar to Coachella last month…?), Santigold and Roc Nation sweetie pie fashionista Rita Ora – among others! More acts will be announced for this three-stage venue but if you’d like to cop that golden two-day pass for the low price of $99 (and a service charge), head over to Budweiser’s Facebook page for the presale code!

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WHATCHA BEEN UP TO, STEPH?!

Yes, this post is about me: if you’ve noticed, my updating has fallen a bit to the wayside lately but it’s been a crazy couple of weeks for me. Two huge things happened that I’m pretty proud of and I have to fill you guys in on:

  1. I interviewed BRANDON HINES on behalf of TheNext2Shine.com, a site I contribute to – if you didn’t already know. It was the most awesome experience and my first in-person interview of my young blogging career. Everyone was hospitable and Brandon was a sweetheart. Man, that was a great day. Anyway, the interview was great and the article’s pretty dope, if I do say so myself. Click the screencap above to read it for yourself! And,
  2. I am officially a contributor for KillerHipHop.com! This is such a great opportunity for me to reach a broader audience and between the three sites I’m affiliated with, I have to say that all my bases are pretty much covered. I’ve already done my first editorial – the impact that hip hop soundtracks in the ’90s had on me at a younger age – and I think you should check it out.

I’ll be able to handle it all, don’t worry, and you’ll still get your regular dosage of random quirky shit over here. Girl’s gotta get her name out here in these streets! Support my e-families, please and thanks, because they’re great brands and I wouldn’t bother with them if they weren’t. Now, you go now and have yourself a good day.

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ALBUM UPDATE: B.O.B. DROPS TRACK LISTING FOR “STRANGE CLOUDS” + ALBUM COVER

Allow me to talk my (stan) shit for a moment: B.O.B. is prepping his fans for the May release of his sophomore album Strange Clouds and just dropped the tracklisting which boasts appearances by NICKI MINAJ, CHRIS BROWN … and TAYLOR SWIFT, among others. Bobby’s versatile and this album is definitely proof of that. I’m excited because I love B.o.B. – would totally marry him if that was ever an option, just sayin’.

1. Bombs Away feat. Morgan Freeman‬
‪2. Ray Bands ‬
‪3. So Hard To Breathe ‬
‪4. Both Of Us feat. Taylor Swift‬
‪5. Strange Clouds feat. Lil Wayne‬
‪6. So Good‬
‪7. Play For Keeps ‬
‪8. Arena feat. Chris Brown and T.I.‬
‪9. Out Of My Mind feat. Nicki Minaj‬
10. Never Let You Go feat. Ryan Tedder‬
11. Chandelier feat. Lauriana Mae
12. Circles ‬
‪13. Just A Sign feat. Playboy Tre‬
‪14. Castles feat. Trey Songz ‬
‪15. Where Are You (B.o.B vs. Bobby Ray)‬

Be sure to cop Strange Clouds May 1st when it hits stores and digital retailers everywhere.

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UPDATES: CASEY VEGGIES DROPS “VERIFIED” CLIP + SOBs 4/25 SHOWCASE NOW 18 & UP

CASEY VEGGIES just dropped the video for “Verified”, the last leak off his mixtape Customized Greatly Vol. 3, which drops on Monday. The track was produced by J-Hawk and the video shot by Topshelf Junior.

Also, for you NYC Veggie fans, SOBs just changed his 4/25 showcase to 18+, so you should definitely cop your ticket because it’s sure to sell out fast!

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COMEDY: DURAND BERNARR COVERS MARY J. BLIGE’S BK JINGLE

Everybody (mostly black people) lost their shit when Mary J. Blige’s commercial for Burger King’s latest menu item, the crispy chicken wrap, debuted on the Internet this week. So much so, that the commercial was pulled and poor Mary was forced to apologize for … well, I saw the ad and I don’t know what exactly she had to apologize for. I heard people saying that it set black people back tons of years and why did it have to be the black person singing about food, etc., etc. Yes, I guess if it means that much to you, you have a right to be upset. I thought it was hilarious even though the beat was trash.

Durand Bernarr took it upon himself to remix this jazzy jingle and took it from a “shameful” thirty second spot about a mediocre snack wrap to the full length golden track sent down from Jesus himself. I love that he’s a talented singer and blew Mary completely out of the water with this. Burger King should use his track instead. Check out what I’m talking about; it’s great.

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NEWS + UPDATES: CURREN$Y PREPS “THE STONED IMMACULATE” RELEASE WITH “WHAT IT LOOK LIKE”, TOUR

CURREN$Y never slows down: that’s not an opinion, it’s pure fact. The Jet Life boss is gearing up to drop his latest album under Warner Bros. Records, The Stoned Immaculate, on June 5th. In the meantime, the first single from the album just dropped and it features DMV/MMG rep WALE. Check out “What It Look Like” and hit it down low to check Spitta and the Jets on tour when he comes to your town starting April 19th.

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NEW MUSIC TUESDAY: MELANIE FIONA, DIGGY, MACHINE GUN KELLY, AND MORE DROP ALBUMS

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Today is a particularly busy day in the music industry and I’m sure it’s overwhelming for you because there’s just so many new albums to choose from – don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

The MF Life, Melanie Fiona: This sophomore effort from one of Canada’s finest is bubbling over with her life’s experiences over the past three years since her debut album, The Bridge, was released. I attended her album release event Monday night and I can tell you that the girl has been through some things. She’s better now and has a wonderful project that chronicles the good, the bad, and the grimy. For features from Nas to B.o.B and production from the likes of No ID, T-Minus, Infinity and more, The MF Life features Mel flexing her versatility musically while baring her soul lyrically. The Jack Splash-produced “Wrong Side Of A Love Song” is especially poignant; I distinctly remember seeing tears in her eyes as she performed this, so it’s definitely a powerful experience to take in the song and this album. Check her out today!

The MF LifeiTunes :: Amazon

Unexpected Arrival, Diggy: The wonderkid from rap royalty is officially striking out on his own with his debut album and the tweens are in an uproar – but so are their older brothers and sisters. UA shouldn’t be stock piled into the “teenybopper kid rapper” category so suddenly; it’s obvious he’s passionate about his craft and has a great team that supports his vision. He’s smart and it shows in his lyrics; he also knows his place and keeps his sound friendly to his demographic, which is also his age group. Diggy gives you what you’re seeking from him, regardless of who you are or what you’re seeking; you want to fall in love with him and for him to feel the same way? “Do It Like You”; you want him to get lyrical and give you a glimmer of hope for the next generation of rap? “88”; you want an alternative sound that takes about five steps left from the average (typical) hip hop beat? “Hello World”. Get the picture? Get the album.

Unexpected ArrivaliTunes :: Amazon :: Spotify 

Half Naked And Almost Famous, Machine Gun Kelly: Cleveland’s most laced up wild boy is providing the soundtrack to doing hoodrat things with your friends – and we’re not against that at all. 2011 was a huge year for him and 2012 has proven to be pretty great so far as well: Half Naked And Almost Famous is a five-song EP that provides the soundtrack to an exclusive documentary of the same name that will premiere on his website chronicling the highs and lows of the last twelve months. Maybe we’ll get to see video of him snatching his boss Diddy’s door … a girl can dream, I suppose. He waits no time calling on his fellow Bad Boy label mates for assistance, snatching up Cassie for “Warning Shot”, but it’s “See My Tears” that eloquently puts the EST movement in so many words that those who are new to this may understand. MGK is very fan-oriented and this EP is dedicated solely to them. A rager with a heart, how awesome is that!

Half Naked And Almost FamousiTunes :: Spotify

Radio Music Society, Esperanza Spalding: Jazz bassist and 2011’s Best New Artist via The Grammys Esperanza Spalding is taking a different approach to singing the praises of her genre and while this may be risky, it fits well on her. Radio Music Society is a contemporary jazz album that maintains its instrumental foundation but boasts production that may reel in a few new fans. Q-Tip ring a bell? Yes, he’s produced and is featured on the LP that also includes appearances by Algebra Blessett, Lalah Hathaway, Becca Stevens and many more. RMS expands on the various forms of love and touches on an embattled generation faced with obstacles unparalleled to anything we’d ever experienced before. What’s even better about this album is that there’s a video for every single song – how many artists do you get that with these days? This is a great album that shouldn’t be slept on at all because it isn’t your typical jazz piece.

Radio Music SocietyiTunes :: Amazon

The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond, Various Artists: The critics are saying that this could be the biggest movie of our time – bigger than Twilight kind of big; Suzanne Collins, the author of the obsessively popular young adult book trilogy of the same title, is saying that the movie more than holds up to the stories; fans are saying that March 23rd will be a day that goes down in infamy as the greatest day ever … me included. It wouldn’t be right if there wasn’t an epic soundtrack to go along with such an epic movie, right? With a tracklisting that includes Kid Cudi, The Decemberists, Taylor Swift (twice), Arcade Fire, and The Civil Wars, one can only imagine what this film is going to be like. It’s a good thing we only have three days left until we see for ourselves!

The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And BeyondiTunes :: Amazon :: Spotify

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PHOTOS: STALLEY x MMG APPEARS AT BEATS BY DRE STORE IN SOHO

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MMG/Warner Bros. Records artist STALLEY held an album playback of his next release, Savage Journey to the American Dream, in Soho at the Beats By Dre flagship store last night. His fellow brothers in Maybach – Wale, Meek Mill, Rick Ross – were in attendance to extend their support and it looked like a great time. Savage Journey is set to drop March 30th, so be on the look out for that. Check out a bunch of dope pictures from the event taken by Andrew Fennell.

 

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