Monthly Archives: January 2019

Little Simz Announces New Album Shares Video For Selfish

Little Simz is releasing her third album, GREY Area in March and today she has the video for “Selfish” featuring vocalist Cleo Sol. The video captures Simz and Sol in a living room relaxing and performing the song. The release of GREY Area in March precedes a new set of tour dates in the US. Little Simz had already given a preview of GREY Area with the singles “Offence” and “Boss.” The UK rapper will see GREY Area released on her Age 101 label via AWAL Recordings. 

                                                          US Tour Dates 

6/11 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
6/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims
6/15 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Festival
6/16 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
6/19 – Norfolk, VA @ Origami
6/21 – Baltimore, MD @ 8X10
6/22 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Festival
6/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
6/25 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
6/26 – Toronto, ON @ Drake Hotel





Watch: Chaka Khan’s Official Video For Hello Happiness

Watch the chaos unfold in Chaka Khan’s official video for “Hello Happiness.” Messages about people over 50 cheating on their partners and the rise of H.I.V. in this group of people bookend the visual that has glimpses of Khan in a phone booth. Couples get caught being unfaithful, there is an undercover police operation and random people who bear witness to all the drama that takes place in a hotel parking lot. 


Smino To Headline Hoopti Tour

St. Louis rapper Smino announces his headlining Hoopti tour of North America. The tour will begin on March 23rd in Chicago and will end May 17th in Detroit. Smino just appeared with Noname and Saba on The Tonight Show for a performance of “Ace.” Smino’s sophomore album NOIR was released last year following his 2017 breakout blkswn. Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday January 18th at 10 AM ET at

                                                                      Hoopti Tour Dates 

3/16 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 3 
3/19 –  London, UK @ Brixton Electric 
3/23 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
3/27 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater

3/28 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater  
3/30 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada Theater  
4/1 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall  
4/2 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Complex 
4/4 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
4/5 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theater 
4/9 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
4/10 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst 
4/13 – Indio, CA @ Coachella  
4/20 – Indio, CA @ Coachella 
4/22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom 
4/23 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad  
4/25 – Dallas, TX @ Trees 
4/26 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s 
4/29 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live 
4/30 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
5/2 – Nashville, TN @ The Cannery
5/3 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theater
5/4 – Orpheum @ Tampa, FL
5/6 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
5/7 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
5/9 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
5/10 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza 
5/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ The TLA 
5/13 – Boston, MA @ Paradise 
5/14 – Montreal, QC @ L’Astral 
5/16 – Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix 
5/17 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall 

Gary Clark Jr.: This Land Official Video

Gary Clark Jr.’s video for “This Land” addresses race in the country right now and he can be heard singing about living in Trump’s America. Images of young Black boys, a Confederate flag and Clark performing in the house are assembled to show the tension he has experienced simply because of his color and gender. “This Land” is from Clark’s new album which has the same title. 


The 1865 Emerge With Debut Single Buckshot

The 1865 is a blues-punk new band formed in 2017 by veteran journalist Sacha Jenkins who was one-half of The White Mandingos with Murs. Professional skateboarder and musician Chuck Treece, Shoegaze singer Carolyn “Honeychild” Coleman, bassist Flora Luccini and  Jason “Biz” Lucas drummer for Dragonz Of Zynth joined Jenkins to complete The 1865. The band’s name is an obvious ode to the year the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery was instituted and the Reconstruction era after the Civil War. Their upcoming album, Don’t Tread On Me, which is a reference to the 1775 flag named after General Christopher Gadsen, has songs that talk about life in America during 1865. “Buckshot” is the first single from Don’t Tread On Me and it is about the perspective of an escaped slave. Jenkins explained in a press release that The 1865 “Was a great way to create contemporary music that spoke to the past, but also spoke to the same things that continue to happen over and over again in our country.” Don’t Tread On Me can be picked up after January 25th.