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Catch These Vibez: A Pursuit of Dopeness Playlist

posted by Alberto January 16, 2018

Earlier today, we officially launched our brand new playlist via all streaming platforms. The new playlist, Catch These Vibez, features music bound by no genre and will be updated on a regular basis to keep it as fresh as possible. Stream and subscribe via Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal below.

Apple Music: https://apple.co/2rdTZGT

Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2B7k0aE

Tidal: http://bit.ly/2DcTI8y

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POD Photos: Syd, Charlotte Day Wilson, Bailey Wiley at Metro (#30DaysInChicago)

posted by Oscar November 10, 2017

Red Bull Sound Select’s  keeps on rolling in our city, and we were present for the show that closed out the first week of the month-long concert series.

We tapped a dope up-and-coming photographer in Mikayla Delson, who made sure to capture the vibes and magic that exuded from the stage that night at the Metro. The all-female lineup consisted of performances from Charlotte Day Wilson, Bailey Wiley, and the main act Syd. The lead singer of The Internet was in town making a solo appearance, showcasing the sounds from her debut album Fin.

Check out our photo gallery from this concert below. Continue Reading

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Pursuit Of Dopeness Takes Over Radio DePaul on 11/4

posted by Oscar November 2, 2017

Pursuit Of Dopeness is once more taking over The 5th Element show on Radio DePaul! This weekend, Alex and myself will be repping POD as we play dope tunes and discuss our favorite recent releases and news around the music world.

Not only that, but we will also be joined by special guest, DJ Scend. The long-time POD favorite and  advocate will be in the studio with us to talk about the Beats and Bars program with which he’s currently working.

The POD Radio takeover will be streaming from 12pm-3pm on Saturday, November 4th.

Find the quick info below, and tune in:

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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 2 feat. A Tribe Called Quest, Angel Olsen, Mitski, Francis and the Lights

posted by Oscar July 19, 2017

Behold, our photo gallery for Day 2 of Pitchfork Music Festival 2017! Arguably the best day of #p4kfest, for the middle date of the weekend I checked out performances from Angel Olsen, Mitski, Francis and The Lights, George Clinton, Madlib, Arab Strap, Weyes Blood, Cherry Glazerr, and the legendary A Tribe Called Quest.

I can honestly say that seeing ATCQ was the highlight of my year and will likely wind up becoming my favorite performance of 2017. Not only was it great to hear live renditions of “Check the RhIme,” “Bonita Applebum,” “Can I Kick It?” and “We The People,” but what made the Tribe’s performance so special was that it also doubled as a celebration of their late member Phife Dawg. There was an amazing feeling that took over Union Park, and we have to thank Q-Tip, Jarobi White, Consequence, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad for letting us rock with them as they paid tribute to their friend.

Angel Olsen and Mitski were dope, Cherry Glazerr was truly badass from start to finish, and George Clinton got all the jams to make a fest lit! Legit, not one set I saw today disappointed me.

Check out the gallery for Day 2 below. 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 Day 1 gallery below. Continue Reading

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POD Photos: Kehlani & Her ‘SweetSexySavage Tour’ in Austin, TX

posted by Ruben May 26, 2017

It had been 1 year since I last saw Kehlani perform during “The SXSW Takeover” in 2016. After that show, I was really able to see how “Baelani” has grown such a strong fan base. She is not only an incredible performer, but she also loves spreading positive messages that show how much she really does care about the happiness of others. This is why as soon as I found out she was coming to Austin for her #SSSTour, I knew I had to go see her.

The concert took place at Emo’s, a venue she thanks for being a part of her success since it was one of the venues that saw her perform in her very first tour. Reminiscing on that previous concert, Kehlani painted a picture to the audience describing how small her show was then versus this sold-out night where her fans know every single word of her lyrics. This tour didn’t just come with new music from her Sweet Sexy Savage album, but it also came with a purpose.

For this tour, Kehlani started a “We Need Us” drive that pairs up with local organizations and/or shelters in the cities that are part of the tour. At the concert, she had drop-off boxes for people that come out to donate items such as clothes or hygiene products. Donating wasn’t the full message though, Kehlani wants to help inspire her fans to take initiative in helping their own community. Kehlani teased her Austin fans by saying she would move to Austin someday, and I honestly can’t wait to see her be a part of the ATX community.

See the show’s photo highlights below. Continue Reading

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Video: Check Out Our Exclusive Interview with Marian Hill

posted by Oscar May 16, 2017

Another one!… The latest POD interview we’d like to share with y’all was one of the 10 we held down in Austin, TX, this time being the Alternative Pop group Marian Hill.

Our conversation took us many places, including discussing the making of their video for “Down,” the added value in having their music featured on an Apple commercial, their appreciation and use of Jazz, and why they’ve partnered with the Plus 1 for their latest tour.

For the “Speed Round” they answered our signature questions like first album they ever purchased, fave music video, and the ATX-specific pulled pork vs. brisket debate. My favorites were their take on “old Kanye vs. new Kanye” and Samantha’s response to my cheeky question that references their “One Time.” See that short clip below. Continue Reading

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POD Photos: Smino in Houston on the ‘Swanita Tour’

posted by Ruben May 16, 2017

This past weekend I was given the opportunity to join Smino and his team when the Swanita Tour hit Houston, TX. The St. Louis native has quickly become one of the most noteworthy figures coming out of the Chicago scene, so it only made sense that the tour kickoff in his adoptive hometown (covered by the POD team) included many highlights that demonstrated this man’s major star appeal, helping pave the way for a guest appearance by T-Pain when they performed in Atlanta.

It was crazy to see the level of energy he can bring even after the injury he got on just the second show of his tour. Lounging backstage, Smino posed for a couple shots for me, with crutches and all. His presence was just as potent onstage as it is off it; you can see it clearly in these photos.

He is doing music his own way and I have not heard anything similar to what he offers, and you shouldn’t miss him live.

See the pictures below.

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Tune In To Pursuit Of Dopeness on Radio DePaul – 5/20

posted by Oscar May 15, 2017

Ayoooo…. Pursuit Of Dopeness is taking over The 5th Element show on Radio DePaul this weekend! The POD trio also known as the Mijos, Alberto (AKA @CharroBarkley), Alex, and myself, will be filling your earballs this weekend with plenty of dope music and unnecessary banter.

The POD Radio takeover will be streaming from 12pm-3pm on Saturday, May 20th. On our latest show we’ll discuss the latest happenings in the music scenes we follow, along with talking about the latest shows we’ve been covering, and more. On the music side you’ll get to hear tunes that deliver that dopeness, and we’ll be doing our latest installment of our “artists you should know” playlist.

Find the quick info below, and tune in:

ALSO!! Later on this coming Saturday, we will be holding our second Aux Cord Party! Join us at Vintage Lounge on Taylor St. as we take over the sound system and control the music with the almighty aux cord. The party is going on until 3am, $5 after 10pm.

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Video: Peep Our Exclusive Interview with Kap G

posted by Oscar April 22, 2017

The latest POD interview conducted in the dope city of Austin, TX  is with none other than Kap G. The ATL star known for his appearance on DOPE and who’s currently touring with Chris Brown, sat down with us to talk about the inspiration behind his track “La Policia,” touring in Mexico City for the first time, his new album and more. You can see that above.

For the Speed Round, Kap G revealed what was the first album he ever bought, his favorite music video of all time, artists he’s listening to lately, and more. Check that out below. Continue Reading

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Pursuit Of Dopeness Returns to Radio DePaul on 4/22

posted by Oscar April 20, 2017

The Mijos are going to be back on the radio this weekend! Pursuit Of Dopeness‘ own Alberto (AKA @CharroBarkley), Alex, Luis, and myself, will be taking over The 5th Element show on Radio DePaul.

The POD Radio Takeover will be streaming from 12pm-3pm on Saturday, April 23rd. On our latest show we’ll discuss SXSW 2017, interviewing the likes of The Cool Kids, Joey Purp, Kweku Collins, and Kap G among others, covering performances by John Mayer and KYLE, and other topics. Aside from that, as you tune in you’ll hear dope tunes ranging from Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean to Queens Of The Stone Age and the Wu-Tang Clan.

Find the quick info below, and tune in: