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POD Giveaway: Win A Pair of Tickets To NCMF 2017

posted by Alberto August 15, 2017

It’s that time of the year again! The annual North Coast Music Festival is only a few weeks away and you have a chance to win passes to see Gucci Mane, Big Boi, Post Malone, Skepta, The Cool Kids and many more acts. Along with all those awesome acts, NCMF is showing love to local acts by adding yet another stage to the fest. The lineup for that stage can be seen below. Tickets for NCMF are still available HERE.

To enter the official POD x NCMF giveaway, follow instructions below:

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Once you follow both accounts, send events@pursuitofdopeness.com an email letting us know what local acts you’re looking forward to seeing or any you would like to see on the lineup next year. Good luck! Contest ends Friday (8/18).

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6 Classic American Songs That Would Sound 100x Better If Quavo Redid Them

posted by Alejandro Hernandez August 14, 2017

A few days ago, a petition to give the National Anthem a much needed facelift by getting Migos’ very own Quavo to redo it went viral, and garnered the attention from music blogs everywhere. What’s more (and is proof that God works in powerful, mysterious ways) is that the hook god himself cosigned this petition on twitter:

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SO THEY WANT HUNCHO TO BE FEATURED ON THE NATIONAL ANTHEM LETS ROLL

— QuavoYRN (@QuavoStuntin) August 12, 2017
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What are some other traditionally American songs that could desperately use a trap remix featuring Quavo though? Inspired by this new (and truly revolutionary) petition, here is the list comprised of songs considered patriotic, classic, and/or culturally significant to the U.S. that would sound 100x better if Quavo redid them:

Sweet Caroline- Neil Diamond

Before I start with this one, I want to make one thing clear: Neil Diamond is a music legend, and I am very grateful for his contributions. That being said, what could possibly be his most famous contribution, is easily his most overrated. “Sweet Caroline” is the Seinfield or Friends of music (depending on which show you think is more overhyped). “Sweet Caroline” is the white frat boy version of “Knuck If You Buck,” which means that, for one reason or another, it’s the one song that gets played at every Yakubian function , except it’s way less amazing than the Crime Mob classic in every sense. This track can definitely use a Quavo redo with Metro Boomin’ on the production side, and then maybe it can legitimately rival Crime Mob’s “Knuck If You Buck” as the top turn-up song of our lifetime.

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Any fan of baseball knows just how important this song is to our country’s history. It serves as the theme song of America’s pastime, with ballparks across the nation having their drunken audiences sing along to it as part of the 7th Inning Stretch. I don’t want to front though, “Take Me Out To The Ball Game,” depending on who the celebrity singer is, it’s pretty hit or miss (Will Ferrell’s is easily the best though), but imagine how fire the remix would be if he did it. The idea of him dropping “yeah, dat way” ad-libs in between lines is already giving me goosebumps. Plus, people will get a healthy double dose of Quavo with him doing the National Anthem as well as the 7th Inning Stretch, and honestly, I think we sholud double our daily intake of Quavo if we truly want to lead a happy and healthy life.

Sweet Home Alabama

Even though this song is about Lynyrd Skynyrd’s love for their home state of Alabama, it’s been adopted as an anthem for overall Southern pride (Confederate flag waving pride and all), and is considered a staple in the American music canon (it was even featured in Forrest Gump, which is like one of the 5 greatest and most American films ever), but that still doesn’t mean it’s need of an upgrade. I could see it now. Led by the omnipresent Quavo Stuntin’, the song will be rebranded as “Sweet Home Atlanta,” and it will be the ultimate trap anthem that South or any other region has yet to see. It can even feature fellow Migos members Offset and Takeoff, and other Atlanta rap legends like Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Young Thug, Jeezy, while production can be handled by the likes of Southside, Mike WiLL– oh my God why are we not funding this to happen this could be the only thing that could bring back OutKast on wax, this will be hip-hop’s version of “We Are The World.”  We as a society need to make this happen if it’s the last thing we do.

Born In The USA

Bruce Springsteen’s classic song about a war vet coming back to his hometown only to grow disgruntled and disillusioned by the U.S. government is easily the best song on this list that can stand on it’s own. It’s also the only song I think doesn’t even need to be completely redone. By that, I mean Springsteen will stay on it, while Quavo would serve as the feature, which we all know is where he tends to excel best. It may sound crazy, but I think we all secretly would like to hear The Boss and The Huncho on the same track. After Springsteen is done talking about how fufu the U.S. government is, Quavo comes on rapping about about how due to the circumstances (created by said government) that he grew up in, he had to come up by trappin’, but it doesn’t mater now because he’s rich as hell and can stunt on everyone with his icy chains and designer clothes and it would instantly become the perfect song for the times we live in as a society

America, The Beautiful

I dare you to try and think of something more beautiful in this country than Quavo’s auto-tuned hooks. Exactly, you can’t. That’s why he needs to redo this song.

The Star-Spangled Banner

This is the song that inspired this whole post, so it obviously had to be on here. Quavo covering the national anthem isn’t what this country deserves, but it’s what the country needs right now. Let’s be real, the “Star-Spangled Banner” is like 200 hundred years old, and it’s pretty played out, mostly bland and outdated af. That’s why Quavo needs to be on it. If Quavo covered the Anthem at every major event I attended, I would proudly stand every time with the patriotic pride knowing that people like Quavious Keyate Marshall are what makes this country tolerable.

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Our Favorite Moments from Lollapalooza 2017

posted by Oscar August 8, 2017

I’ve been going to Lollapalooza every year since 2011 and in that time I’ve been lucky enough to see at the multi-day festival held at Grant Park some amazing sets from legendary acts, as well as witnessing the rise of acts that have gone on to become some of our favorites today. This year’s edition sure added more fun memories and great performances, so below I’ve highlighted the moments that have stood out the most from my time at Lolla 2017.

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POD Giveaway: Pretty Lights Live at Huntington Bank Pavilion

posted by Alberto August 3, 2017

Pretty Lights is headlining the Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in a few weeks and the good folks over at React have given us a pair of passes to give away. Pretty Lights is being joined by Big Wild, The Soul Rebels, Maddy O’Neal, The Floozies, Chali 2na & Krafty Kuts and Clozee at the two day event going down on August 18th + 19th. Single day and two day passes to see Pretty Lights live can be found HERE. To learn how to win a pair of passes, see instructions below. Good luck!

Follow React on Instagram

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Once you follow both accounts, send events@pursuitofdopeness.com an email letting us know what your favorite Pretty Lights song is. A random winner will be selected on August 10th.

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POD Exclusive: Yung Dutch Continues To Impress With His Latest Titled “Beamin”

posted by Miguelini July 23, 2017

We are excited to bring to you Yung Dutch’s newest song titled “Beamin (K-2SO)”, produced by Gary Stump, and it is clear he is hitting his stride with nothing but eerie bangers dropping from the South Side Chicago rapper as of late. Dutcho’s low raspy, flow compliments the sci-fi trap beat in the background while he raps with a steady confident approach throughout the track. We expect to see the rapper continue flooding the soundwaves with his demonous flow as he prepares to release an EP later this year. Listen to “Beamin” first after the jump and be sure to follow Yung Dutch on Soundcloud and Twitter (@yungxdutch) to keep up with the latest drops and performance dates. 

 

 

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Top 12 Acts of Pitchfork Music Festival 2017

posted by Oscar July 20, 2017

Pitchfork Music Festival 2017 was definitely among one of the best editions of the Chicago installment of the festival. Three days full of artists doing what they do best, and we were in attendance scoping out Union Park to see what #P4kfest had in store for us.

What we got in return was awesome performances, some that will likely be on my year-end list of the best performances I saw this year. From icons to fast-rising up-and-comers, the eclectic balance at this festival had plenty to offer right from when the first acts hit the stage.

Check out our list of the best acts we see over the last weekend. Continue Reading

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POD Photos: Pitchfork Music Festival 2017 – Day 1 feat. Vince Staples, Danny Brown, Dirty Projectors

posted by Oscar July 18, 2017

Check out our photos from Day 1 of Pitchfork Music Festival 2017. We kicked things off with the enigmatic rapper Vince Staples, then continued to the Red Stage to see the Thurston Moore Group to space out and see the Alternative legend play some brilliant experimental sounds. Frankie Cosmos, Danny Brown, Kamaiyah, and Dirty Projectors capped things off for our Friday festivities.

While we saw LCD Soundsystem deliver a stunning and thrilling headlining set, instead of taking photography, we joined the crowd and enjoyed it along with the masses… Time well-spent.

See the #P4kfest gallery below. Continue Reading

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Recap: Fat Tire Battle of The Bands

posted by Rosario Edwards July 10, 2017

Schuba’s hosted a magnificent Battle of the Bands, pitting 4 up and coming Chicago acts against each other for a chance to open up for legendary band, The Roots, all for a great cause. Proceeds for the event went to the alliance of the Great Lakes to help protect our wondrous Lakes.

White Mystery opened the show with their theatrical sibling rock and roll. Alex White commanded the crowd and Francis White made sure everyone got really weird.

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POD GIveaway: Win a Day Pass To Pitchfork Music Festival 2017

posted by Oscar July 10, 2017

This weekend, July 14-16, Chicago’s Union Park will be hosting the 2017 edition of the Pitchfork Music Festival, and to help get everybody excited for one of our favorite times of the season, we’d like to treat you all to some free passes!  has yet another stellar lineup this year with headliners LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, and Solange, and some of the other dope artists on the lineup that will be hitting the stage throughout the weekend include Vince Staples, Danny Brown, Angel Olsen, Joey Purp, Jamila Woods, and Madlib among others. We will definitely be on-site throughout the weekend covering things for y’all, but besides delivering dope pics and recaps, we’d like to offer a little something extra.

So here’s what we got for you… We got three (3) individual one-day passes, one for each date of the festival, and we will be picking three winners at random that will get one (1) pass each.

To enter, take the next steps:

Follow POD on Instagram & on Facebook

Follow Pitchfork Music Fest on Instagram

Once you follow the accounts above, send us an email at events@pursuitofdopeness.com letting us know which date you most want to attend and which artists you want to see that day.

Each winner will be randomly selected and notified on July 12th. You can also still purchase tickets here: 

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Check out the ‘Los SLKRS Collection’ Lookbook

posted by Alberto July 7, 2017

SLKRS [slackers] released their new collection, Los SLKRS Collection, back in late April via a pop up shop at Vintage Lounge in Little Italy. The event was a success with the entire collection selling out in a matter of days. If you didn’t make it out back in April, you’re in luck. The entire collection was just restocked and made available on SLKRS.com. You can check out the lookbook shot by SauceVision for the collection modeled by Vic Veggies and Joe Khalifa below. For more info on the new collection, see what SLKRS co-founder/designer has to say below. 

“With the new collection, I wanted to create something that I could relate to. In streetwear, I feel like I don’t completely connect to a lot of brands because I’m Latino. I can obviously relate with the Chicago brands but I wanted something that a Latino in Chicago could relate to.

Moving forward, I’m going to keep LOS in front of SLKRS. We already have plans on shooting our next lookbook in Mexico City.” –DaveTheSLKR

Aside from making some fire streetwear, the SLKRS squad (Sauce, Dro, Jerry, Tino, Jesus & Vic Veggies) know how to throw a decent party. If you don’t have any plans tomorrow (7/8), they are throwing their third annual Yacht Party. For more info/tickets, click HERE.

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POD Giveaway: 400 Fest ft. Major Lazer, Mac Miller, DNCE, The Chainsmokers & More

posted by Alberto July 5, 2017

NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 is taking place in Indianapolis in a few weeks (July 21 + 22) and the good folks at React Presents have been given the task of putting together some musical acts for the 400 Fest. We must say this is a pretty dope lineup that surely has us contemplating making that 3 hour drive to Indy. Find out how to win a pair of passes to see The Chainsmokers, Major Later, Mac Miller, DNCE and Cheat Codes below. Tickets are also available for purchase HERE.

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Once you follow both accounts, send events@pursuitofdopeness.com an email letting us know what are some of your favorite songs by the performing acts. A winner will be randomly selected on July 12th.

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Klangstof and Local Natives Take Over The Concord

posted by Rosario Edwards June 30, 2017

With a crowd comprise mostly of people fresh off the beach from Local NativesMamby on the Beach set, the vibes were already very intimate and laid back.

While everyone was certainly excited to see Local Natives perform in a more intimate setting, the Norwegian band Klangstof stole the show.

Drawing comparison to Radiohead, they’re synth driven rock with emotional lyrics perfectly fit the atmosphere at the Concord Music Hall. Many of their songs began with a slow burning build up that erupted into powerful empathic and chaotic release. Standouts included album single “Hostage” as well as “Sleaze” from their current album aptly titled “Close Eyes To Exit“. The band closed their set after lead singer Koen Van de Wardt thanked everyone graciously for joining in their journey as they had traveled all the way from Norway to perform here in Chicago. It was an excellent set and definitely left us looking forward to hearing more from these guys! Continue Reading

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