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Published:
Jul 15, 2017

By the end of Gorillaz last phase in 2010, Plastic Beach, the digital band found itself as scattered as their real life counterparts. Now seven years later, Damon Albarn, Jamie Hewlett and an ever expanding group of collaborators bring Humanz to life.


Dispersed from their artificial island hide-away, a radioactively enlarged Russel was paraded around North Korea as their Godzilla until he starved back to normal size; Noodle took up a pearl diving apprenticeship and battled a demon crime boss back in Japan; 2-D mistakenly thought he was stranded in Mexico after washing up in a whale that devoured him; and Murdoc was imprisoned under Abbey Road by Record label EMI for violating Gorillaz' record contract - It was his agreement to record a new album that reunited them all under one roof.


Frontman Damon Albarn, reunited with Blur, and released a solo album in the intervening years. The tour in support of 2014’s Everyday Robots heavily featured Gorillaz material, such as guest spots from Hypnotic Brass Band on “Broken," De La Soul on “Feel Good Inc.” and even Del the Funky Homosapien on “Clint Eastwood” at festival sets like Bonnaroo.


At this point Albarn even publicly stated it was unlikely for more Gorillaz material to be released, but it was after one of these shows that inspiration struck for Albarn and Gorillaz co-creator and animator Jamie Hewlett and they decided to revive the project for perhaps one more run.


Though some are less enthusiastic about the newest release, the tour opener in Chicago this week proved the album was just the start of this newest era.


Though the tour debuted at the band’s Demon Dayz fest in the UK last month, and they played a special show at NYC’s Rough Trade, the tour's first official show at Chicago’s Northerly Island felt like a proper return.


Albarn was sure to note, under a full moon, that Gorillaz carried the badge of a Chicago project, as so much inspiration had been drawn from the city’s music scene, particularly the Hypnotic Brass Band and former member soul singer Bobby Womack, who passed away since the last tour and was memorialized on screen during "Stylo."


Though Chicago was not granted an opening set by Vince Staples, as the next few cities would be, they were treated to a surprise appearance to open the show when he appeared on Humanz track “Ascension.” Another highlight from the album included "Sex Muder Party" with both Jamie Principle and Zebra Katz guesting.


Classic Gorillaz songs like "El Mañana," "Broken," and "Last Living Souls" elicited the strongest response from the crowd, and sounded sharpest. Songs like "We Got The Power," with Little Simz joining to end the set, shined through as well.


The encore unleashed the full might of the ‘Rillaz, opening with Plastic Beach cut “Stylo” before a Demon Days finale “Kids With Guns,” “Clint Eastwood” (that just as shockingly as Staples at the open saw Del the Funky Homosapien trot out for his verse), “Don’t Get Lost In Heaven” and “Demon Days.”


A more diverse follow up than the focused Plastic Beach, the Humanz World Tour delivers a stirring sequel that remains unique. 

Gorillaz - Ascension (Ft. Vince Staples)

Gorillaz - Ascension (Ft. Vince Staples)

Jami Selikow

Author:
Jami Selikow

Published:
Jul 20, 2017

Vampire Weekend, the much-loved band from New York, have been leaving fans guessing as to when their next album will arrive. So when we sniff even the tiniest scent of album-news on the winds, it gets pretty exciting. With that being said, Vampire Weekend may just be in studio...right now. But first:


Vampire Weekend New Album


On March 24th of this year, lead vocalist and guitarist Ezra Koenig posted a picture of a desktop folder labeled Mitsubishi Macchiato. In the caption, he explains how often he is asked about Vampire Weekend's new album. He also detailed their activities per year, and lastly, he informed fans about two songs they were working on and the possible title of the new album – Mitsubishi Macchiato.


https://www.instagram.com/p/BSCFgzgjvIO/


Vampire Weekend In Studio


Today (July 20th) Ezra posted an Instagram story suggesting the band is in studio, giving fans a 24-hour window in which to hear the news. Thanks to Indie Shuffle, that window has been extended: 


Ezra Koenig's Instagram Story


What Does This Mean For An Album Release Date? 


Fans thought the band were in studio quite some time ago, lending hope to a 2017 release. While chances of this happening do exist, being in studio now makes a Spring 2018 release more likely. Although, we can't ignore the fact that Vampire Weekend could be in studio now for mixing and mastering rather than recording. A Reddit user has said that 'On his (Ezra's) Apple Music radio show from this past Sunday he mentioned that he let his co-host listen to 9 tracks from the new album, so they seem to be fairly far along.'


What To Expect On The New Album


Since the band's last album, Rostam Batmanglij (a former member) has left the band. While Ezra is the singer-songwriter who ensures Vampire Weekend creates hugely catchy tracks, Rostam was the producer-arranger that elevated each song. So with all this in mind, Vampire Weekend's new album will probably sound vastly different than what we've come to know and love.


Only time will tell, so while you wait, listen to some of their former tracks below. 


Image Source: Thomas Rx

Vampire Weekend - A-Punk

Vampire Weekend - A-Punk

Vampire Weekend - Giving Up The Gun

Vampire Weekend - Giving Up The Gun

Vampire Weekend - Ya Hey

Vampire Weekend - Ya Hey

Jami Selikow

Author:
Jami Selikow

Published:
Jul 19, 2017

Chance, the Rapper has been gaining much attention for his heroic attempts to save SoundCloud. With the spotlight on him, people are becoming curious about his personal life. Questions such as 'Why does Chance wear a 3 hat?' or 'Is Chance, the Rapper married?' are being asked. Below, we'll answer those questions concerning whether Chance is married or not, as well as cover the goings-on between him and the music streaming platform, SoundCloud. 


Is Chance, the Rapper Married?


The American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist is, in fact, not married. He does, however, have a child with his girlfriend, Kirsten Corley. When accepting the Grammy for best new artist this year, he mentioned both Kristen and his daughter, Kensli, in his speech. So even though the two have been back and forth, to and from court, regarding custody matters, it appears that the two are solid. Perhaps it's the foundation of a family unit that enables Chance, the Rapper to raise his voice and confront matters that he believes in...as seen in his latest attempt to save SoundCloud. 


Chance, the Rapper SoundCloud


SoundCloud has been around for 9 years, providing the perfect platform for independent musicians to be discovered. Unfortunately, the tech company now only has enough money to last a few more months. With massive layoffs taking place in offices across the globe, it's not looking promising.


Chance, the Rapper, however believes that SoundCloud is 'here to stay.' He has announced that he has been talking to SoundCloud CEO, Alexander Ljung, and that he's working on a 'SoundCloud thing.'


https://twitter.com/chancetherapper/status/885921220759355397


Chance, the Rapper Ft. Young Thug


'The SoundCloud' thing that Chance was working on, was a track featuring Young Thug, that was solely released on SoundCloud. It's called "Big B's" and you can listen to it below. To date, it has received over 2 million plays. Will this save SoundCloud? It's unlikely, but only time will tell. 


Chance, the Rapper Without a Hat 


We broke down why Chance, the Rapper always wears a 3 hat here. So to end off, here's a picture of Chance without a hat. 


https://www.instagram.com/p/BVz6GvEjAY9/?taken-by=chancetherapper&hl=en


Image Source: Julio Enriquez

Chance the Rapper - Big B's (Ft. Young Thug)

Chance the Rapper - Big B's (Ft. Young Thug)

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