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LiL RiOT! – “RAMPAGE”

posted by Ellena Rodriguez March 25, 2017

Chicago’s own LiL RiOT! is making his POD debut with his latest joint “RAMPAGE”. The new artist has a lot in store for us as he has some upcoming collabs with some fellow Chicago artists. Make sure you follow him on twitter so you won’t miss out on any forthcoming releases @LiL RiOT!.

But for now, enjoy his new banger, “RAMPAGE”, down below!

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J. Cole Announces New ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ Documentary For HBO

posted by Oscar March 24, 2017

J. Cole has announced that will be releasing a new documentary, again using music from the latest NC rapper’s album, but now with a different focus. According to Entertainment Weekly“The documentary promises to illustrate how their struggles over viable housing, voting laws for felons, integration, and more mirror the frustrations felt across the nation,” and it uses footage from cities like Baton Rouge and Fayetteville, North Carolina (Cole’s hometown).

The documentary is called J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only, A Dreamville Film, and it follows up Cole’s TIDAL documentary when his latest album was announced in December, Eyez.

The docu-film was directed by J. Cole and Scott Lazer, who also worked on J. Cole’s previous HBO doc, 2014 Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming.

See the trailer above.

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Gorillaz Announce New Album ‘Humanz’ + Details; Share New Tracks

posted by Oscar March 23, 2017

Our favorite virtual band, Gorillaz, are finally back! The group will be releasing new album, Humanz this coming April 28th, via Warner Bros. Their first album in seven years was produced by Gorillaz, The Twilight Tone of D /\ P and Remi Kabaka and recorded in London, Paris, New York, Chicago and Jamaica.

Murdoc Niccals (bass), Noodle (guitar), Russel Hobbs (drums) and 2D (vocals) came together to create a collection of 14 songs which boast plenty of dope features, including Jehnny Beth (Savages), Danny Brown, Benjamin Clementine, De La Soul, D.R.A.M., Peven Everett, Anthony Hamilton, Grace Jones, Zebra Katz, Kelela, Mavis Staples, Vince Staples, Popcaan, Pusha T, Jamie Principle and Kali Uchis among others. Gorillaz not only premiered four new tracks across three radio stations, but they also unleashed a six-minute Jamie Hewlett-directed epic animated film that features those Humanz songs, with “Saturnz Barz” playing in full, plus cuts “Ascension,” “Andromeda” and “We Got The Power.” It is now available to watch below.

Hit the jump to hear the new songs on that short animated film, plus you’ll find the album artwork, the full tracklist, and details on the deluxe edition of the record. Continue Reading

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Lollapalooza 2017 Lineup Features Chance The Rapper, Arcade Fire, Blink-182, Big Sean & more

posted by Oscar March 22, 2017

It’s heeeeeere!! The Lollapalooza lineup has arrived in the early, early hours of the morning (6am tho?!) and less than one day after 4-day passes sold out, we find out who’s playing Grant Park between August 3-6.

Chance all but confirmed his inclusion yesterday, but now we come to learn that young Chance The Rapper is actually the first name on this year’s lineup! Joining him to headline the storied festival are Arcade Fire, Muse, Blink-182, Cage The Elephant, Lorde, Run The Jewels, Alt-J, Big Sean, and The Shins.

But as with every year, it’s not just about the headliners!! Some of the other dope names that this year’s roster has to offer are other POD favorites like Migos, Spoon, Kaytranada, Ryan Adams, Phantogram, Mac DeMarco, Royal Blood, Highly Suspect, Aminé, Joey Bada$$, Charli XCX, Sampha, and Maggie Rogers.

Along with Chano, the Chicago presence on this lineup is also quite dope. This year we can catch acts that we fully endorse like Whitney, Noname, The O’My’s, Kweku Collins, and The Walters as the hometown highlights.

At the time of publication, you can still purchase single-day tickets on the Lollapalooza website.

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Our Top 5 Favorite Songs From Smino’s Breakthrough Debut Album ‘blkswn’

posted by Miguelini March 15, 2017

Yesterday, SminoBrown dropped his debut album and it appears to already be sending ripples into the future. The St. Louis rapper has been fully embraced by the people of Chicago these last two years; vital to this success being Zero Fatigue, the Chicago based collective that brought together the majority of the artists involved in the creation of ‘blkswn’.  Together, they have composed a genre-defying album full of organic vibrations and soothing melodies that require the listener to keep hitting replay if they want to find all the gems carefully woven within the masterful project. The focal point of ‘blkswn’ remains Smino’s fascinating ability to transition from soulful crooning to tongue twisting raps, a sound Brown describes as “dirty disco, it’s futuristic funk, it’s revolutionary R&B, feel-me passionate pop, whatever you want to call it.”

You will not find any fillers on this 18-track album, but we have selected 5 special songs that we think everyone should listen to if they want to immerse themselves in the world Smino has carefully pieced together. You can find our highlighted picks along with the streaming links for the album below!

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2017 Lineup Adds Vince Staples, Angel Olsen, Danny Brown, Joey Purp, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

posted by Oscar March 10, 2017

Ay-ooooooh! Friday is a little bit more Dope now with the release of the 2017 Pitchfork Music Festival lineup! Following the announcement of its headliners LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, and Solange, today we get the rest of the roster.

Added to the lineup are POD-certified dope artists like Danny Brown, Angel Olsen, The Avalanches, Vince Staples, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Jamila Woods, Joey Purp, Madlib, Isaiah Rashad, NE-HI, and Weyes Blood.

Also playing the Pitchfork Music Festival are notable acts like Dirty Projectors, Thurston Moore Group, PJ Harvey, Nicolas Jaar, Francis and the Lights, Cherry Glazerr, Ride, and American Football.

The 12th annual Pitchfork Music Festival, taking place Friday, July 14 through Sunday, July 16 at Chicago’s Union Park. Find more details on the lineup and special events after the jump. Continue Reading

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Mamby On The Beach 2017 Lineup Announced feat. MGMT, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Saba, Raury

posted by Oscar March 7, 2017

You can feel festival season is just around the corner! Mamby On The Beach has released its 2017 lineup, which boasts MGMT, Local Natives, Misterwives, Walk The Moon, and Flying Lotus as its headliners.

Also on the bill are names likes Miike Snow, Marian Hill, Raury, Sango, and Thundercat. Standing tall repping Chicago in this hometown fest are POD favorites Saba, Ravyn Lenae, oddCouple, BJ the Chicago Kid, and Sir the Baptist.

Get your tickets now!

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Chance The Rapper Announces Donation of $1MM to Chicago Public Schools

posted by Oscar March 6, 2017

Lil Chano from 79th further showed off his love for his hometown of Chicago today at a press conference he held at Westcott Elementary School, 2 blocks away from where he grew up. In response to a meeting with IL governor Bruce Rauner to discuss public education plus other “important issues affecting” the city of Chicago that garnered little beyond vague answers, Chance The Rapper took today’s event to declare he has vowed to lead efforts towards helping Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and it all starts with a donation of $1 million.

Declaring, “Our kids should not be held hostage, because of political positioning,” Chance detailed how CPS will be affected if action isn’t taken immediately. “If the governor does not act, CPS will be forced to end school 13 days early, which means over 380,000 kids will not have adult-supervised activities in June, and could possibly be put in harm’s way,” Chance added.

To combat that, Chance is donating $1 million to CPS to support arts and enrichment programming. The 3-time Grammy winner coordinated with Live Nation, AEG, Ticketmaster, and other independent promoters and venues across the country to use ticket sales from his upcoming tour as a means for raising funds.

You can (should!) also donate through the SocialWorks website. A big reason why you should definitely donate to Chance’s nonprofit is that because for every $100K they raise, SocialWorks will donate $10K to a specific Chicago public high school or elementary school.  Continue Reading

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She-Devils Sign To Secretly Canadian, Share “The World Laughs”

posted by Oscar March 1, 2017

She-Devils have announced they have joined the ranks of Secretly Canadian, and with the news of signing to that label, the duo coming out of Montreal debut on our site with their new single/video for “The World Laughs.”

The press release states that the pair of Audrey Ann Boucher and Kyle Jukka like making music feel “as visual as possible,” citing inspiration from Gregg Araki, Yayoi Kusama, Andy Warhol, John Waters, Quentin Tarantino, Disney movies, The Simpsons, and Powerpuff Girls. If that’s not enough of a description to make you want to listen, I don’t know what will.

Check out the new music and hit the jump to find some details on where you can see them play. Continue Reading

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Soundgarden Announce North American Spring 2017 Tour

posted by Oscar February 27, 2017

Soundgarden have announced they will be hitting the road again this Spring for a headlining tour across North America. The iconic band will kick things off on May 3rd in Atlanta, GA at the Fox Theatre. The Pretty Reckless and Dillinger Escape Plan will support select dates.  

A special ticket pre-sale for fans who are signed up to www.soundgardenworld.com and www.chriscornell.com will launch Tuesday, February 28th at 10:00 AM local time.  Tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday March 3rd at 10AM local time.

According to the press release, the band is currently working on a new album… So if you find yourself at one of this year’s shows, pay close attention in case they debut some of that new material on tour!

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CLB – “Toxic”

posted by Ellena Rodriguez February 24, 2017

We are only 2 months into 2017 and things are looking pretty good for the homie CLBSo far this year, our local DJ has been featured on BBC1’s Diplo & Friends, started a techno project titled Night Fight with LA’s DJ Wall, along with getting so much love and support from big names like Diplo, Baauer, Dillon Francis, Brenmar, Anna Lunoe, and others.

CLB recently dropped a few tracks on Stanton Warrior’s label called Punks and Illeven:Eleven, and now he hooked us up at POD to drop his newest highly anticipated track titled Toxic. CLB stepped out of his comfort zone while making this track as it branches off from his usual style/genre, but still shares the same dope sound as all of his other work.

CLB is definitely one artist to look out for this year as he has an album with Night Fight in the making on top of forthcoming collabs with some big names from Chicago and London, along with a ton of solo projects in the works.

But for now, check out the premiere of Toxic down below!

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Future Shares Video For “Draco,” Tracklist for ‘HNDRXX’

posted by Oscar February 22, 2017

Future has released the video for “Draco,” off his self-titled new album released last week. Not only that, but the ATL rapper has also shared the tracklist for the instant followup, HNDRXX.

The new album, much like Future, also brings together 17 tracks, this time including features from Rihanna and The Weeknd. Check out the tracklist below. Continue Reading