Jackie Venson Releases New Song/Visual 'Only Have You'

  ℗  2018 Jackie Venson

℗ 2018 Jackie Venson

Jackie Venson released the visual to her new song, 'Only Have You,' this week ahead of her New York performance at Rockwood Music Hall this Wednesday 05/02/18.

Jackie's new song is a savvy composition that's wonderfully crafted with a summery 80's vibe and cutting-edge guitar play.

Jackie's breezy vocals are illustrated in full force here, coupled with a gravitating synth, that draws Jackie's guitar licks out with soulful precision.

Jackie Venson - (Official Music Video) - ‘Only Have You.’ Directed by Megan Cardwell.

Directed by Megan Cardwell, the video highlights Jackie's emotional pain as she is unable to be with her lover for one last week. She fills that void with a dream of them being together one more time.

Make sure to watch the music video and add, 'One Have You,' to your playlist today.

Jackie will be performing at Rockwood Music Hall on Wednesday 05/02/2018. Show starts at 7pm with pre-sale tickets still available.

 

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American Pinup Ravels On Their New EP - 'Get Better'

  ℗  2018 American Pinup - Get Better

℗ 2018 American Pinup - Get Better

Yonker’s very own American Pinup released their new EP, “Get Better,” in April and the 4-piece record has had us hooked for the past several weeks - especially off the heels of their album release party at Barney McNabb’s. 

The album is another testimony to the band’s explosive indie-rock sound that simmers perfectly with strong melodies, in-depth compositions and electrifying command that showcases American Pinup’s punk-rock swag.

The band will be on a nation-wide tour this year as they kicked off their anchor date in front of a packed-house at McNabbs.

Check out their Get Better 2018 on the dates below. Make sure to catch AP in your town!

“Get Better” is available now on all digital streaming services.

 

04.30 Fly Honey - Albuquerque, NM
05.01 Green Room - Flagstaff, AZ
05.02 The Garth - Las Vegas, NV
05.04 Blacklight District - Long Beach, CA
05.05 Shea’s Tavern - Reno, NV
05.06 924 Gilman - Berkeley, CA
05.08 Lombard Pub - Portland, OR
05.09 Funhouse - Seattle, WA
05.10 The Viking - Spokane, WA
05.11 Haufbrau - Bozeman, MT
05.12 Seventh Circle - Denver, CO
05.13 Triple Nickel - Colorado Springs, CO
05.14 Gillie's - Kearney, NE
05.15 Duffy's - Lincoln, NE
05.16 Quenchers - Chicago, IL
05.17 Buzzbin - Canton, OH
05.18 McGarvey's - Altoona, PA
05.19 Chocolate & Wine Fest - Montrose, PA
05.20 The Fire - Philadelphia, PA

 

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Jackie Venson Releases New Visual/Single - 'Don't Lie to Me'

 Jackie Venson

Jackie Venson

Jackie Venson released the visual/single to her new song, ‘Don’t Lie to Me,’ earlier this month. 

Jackie has continued to wow us with her electrifying guitar licks, simmering melodies and down-to-earth persona since we witnessed her performance at Rockwood Music Hall in December. 

On, ‘Don’t Lie to Me,’ Venson tears apart the pain of her lover’s betrayal through a lyrical illustration of honesty, humility, but most importantly - healing - by overcoming her lover’s disloyalty. Her powerful storytelling fueled with heart-break authority and the willingness to overcome provides her listeners with a roaring guitar play that symbolizes the artist’s most enduring points.

Along with a island vibe and good ol rock ‘n’ roll, Jackie’s thrashing guitar riffs and touching melodies truly makes this song one of our favorites for April.

Watch the visual below and add, 'Don't Lie to Me,' to your playlist today. You catch Jackie in NYC during her residency at Rockwood Music Hall. Jackie we'll be performing live on Wednesdays, 05/02/2018 and 05/09/2018.

 

Unique and Distinctive Flows Blossom on Young Thug's Latest Singles

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℗ 2018 300 Entertainment/Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International, Inc. for the world outside the United States. A Warner Music Group Company 

Atlanta’s very own and fashion icon, Young Thug, posted up with Nicki MinajLil Uzi Vert and 21 Savage this month with the release of three new songs under the “Hear No Evil” singles. 

On, ‘Anybody,’ Thugger’s unique and distinctive quirkiness teamed alongside the sensual flows and seductively raw lyrics of Nicki Minaj. On, ‘Up,’ Lil Uzi Vert and Thugger’s quirkiness bring on another trap record perfect for ATL’s most sexiest and provocative strip joints. 21 Savage on, ‘Now,’ illustrates his lyrical ferocity and ruthlessness as he complimented quite well on Thugger’s third track of the set. 

These singles have certainly made our playlist over the weekend. Add to yours today!

 

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Swae Lee's Latest Track, 'Guatemala,' Has Us Hyped For Summer!

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℗ 2018 Eardrum Records/Interscope Records

Swae Lee's latest track, 'Guatemala,' has us ready for summer and we couldn't be thrilled enough.

Featuring his brother, Slim Jxmmi (one half of Rae Sremmurd), Swae Lee roars into 2018 where he left off - spoon-feeding us tropical accents and sensual vibes that fuse perfectly over grooves island-esque beats. 

This is definitely a track to add to your playlist this week!

 

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Cardi B's Debut Album is Filled with Personality, Swag and Dare We Say - Vulnerability

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"Invasion of Privacy" ℗ 2018 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. A Warner Music Group Company

Be👏🏽Careful👏🏽

Cardi B released some 🔥🔥 🔥 today and this debut album is kickin’. 

The Bronx-based emcee followed up hard from her break-out banger, “Bodak Yellow,” in 2017 with an album filled with personality, swag, envy - dare we say vunerability - but raw honesty as the female rapper took pages from her many influences to make this record knock from start finish. 

On “Be Careful,” Cardi gives us a warning shot to her careless lover; while on “I Like It,” Cardi shows off her Afro-carribean roots with reggaeton powerhouses Bad Bunny and J. Balvin. Of course - she teamed up with Migos to give us another trap anthem with “Drip.” And might we say that track with Chance The Rapper, “Best Life,” is a real treat which exemplifies Cardi’s versatility and reach.

This record made us smile. Add to your playlist this week!

 

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A Gem by The Weeknd Brings the R&B/Pop Star Back to His Roots

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"My Dear Melancholy" - ℗ 2018 The Weekend XO, Inc., 

The Weeknd released a gem with "My Dear Melancholy" last month that brought the emotional and melancholic R&B/pop star back to his roots - decadent tales of emotional and toxic indulgences that invites listeners into the artist’s most aching points. 

With this new record, The Weekend scored his third consecutive No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart.

Our favs thus far on this delightful EP - 'Wasted Times' and 'Call Out My Name.' 

Add to your playlist this week!

 

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Ayo Reveals Emotion, Positivity and Love On Her New Self-titled Album

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As an artist who has consistently defined her musical expression through emotion, reflection and love, it’s no wonder why Ayo’s latest record is a powerful account that showcases the artists’ recent challenges through gripping imagery, impeccable songwriting and passionate vocals that deliver a masterful composition to her listeners.

When asked to write a preview of Ayo’s fifth studio album, ahead of the record’s release party at New York City’s, DROM, on Wednesday, I was relatively excited based on Ayo’s extensive reach in the independent music scene over the past decade. With over 1.5 million records sold in 40 countries, Ayo’s versatility in her music, empathy towards each composition and gentle, yet harrowing nature of her voice details Ayo’s complex and focused approach towards her artistry.

In her latest self-titled album, “Ayo,” the Brooklyn-based artist concocts a blend of indie soul and contemporary folk, with a touch of hip-hop elements simmered in reggae. The expansive reach of her musical repertoire in these genres provides a level of versatility that offers a license to embellish in the sounds of Baduism, while also providing a firm contrast to the lyricism of Lauryn Hill – all while crafting a sound of her own that combines retro-pop-soul with the refine African percussions and the vivid storytelling of reggae folk.

Born to a Nigerian father and Romani mother in Cologne, Germany, Ayo was raised on the musical influences of American soul, reggae and Afro-beats that spawned her studying the violin, piano and guitar. At 21 years of age, Ayo re-located to London, diving her time between Paris and New York City on the way to earning her first opening act for Omar and Cody Chesnutt.  Ayo’s debut album, “Joyful,” hit Top 10 in four countries, performing with Babyface, winning prestigious European Music Awards and even appearing on the “Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” in the United States.

Her musical approach, rich with honesty, sentiment and passion, releases a mist of positivity and emotion on each record of “Ayo,” guiding audiences to embrace their feelings and reflections on what’s been gained and lost. We see these components in songs such as “Nothing,” “Why” and “I Pray” which showcases Ayo’s vulnerability over these past five years with personal and career challenges.

On “Nothing,” Ayo offers us a reggae-soul inspired perspective on the material things in her life that she believed would make her feel better about herself, all while feeling empty as she realizes the void is just a temporary means of satisfaction. Composed over the African kalimba (strings) and loosely affirmed Afro-percussions, “Why” provides a heartfelt and revealing account on Ayo’s personal issues with her father and the stubbornness and grudges held within their relationships. Ayo’s enduring spirit on the recent challenges of her life, written over gently bright keys and a calming beats, are boldly displayed on “I Pray” as she reaches towards her spirituality for help during a possible career-ending situation.

Ayo also brings to the table a politically and socially charged record with, “Boom Boom,” regarding her outrage over the Mike Brown police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014. Ayo’s realism is illustrated through her temporary folk and reggae style composition that also challenges the issue of police brutality, social injustice and our government’s response towards these racially charged issues.

With emotion, love and positivity remaining a consistent theme throughout the album, Ayo pays homage to the city that developed her musical ear and early success – Paris. On “Paname” (the surname for the City of Lights), Ayo composes a more complex multi-cultural arrangement with hints of reggae, pop-infused soul and traditional Parisian sounds, such as the accordion, is apparent on the record. The song is written as a love letter to Paris for how the city made Ayo personally, musically and culturally.

Ayo even spreads her hip-hop wings on the contemporary soul records, “Forever & Beyond” and “All I Want,” which exemplifies Ayo’s love of Hip-hop and the lyricism that I represents in music. With deep percussion, smooth vocals and confident melodies, Ayo offers another take on her sound’s versatile and complex approach to her songwriting ability.

With a cascade of emotions over the past several years, Ayo latest record is a testimony to her artistry that thrives on feeling. From the passions of love to the politically/socially charged stance, “Ayo” delivers an account of the world around her both personally and culturally.

As one of the leading independent artist in the world, Ayo’s distinctive songwriting, vivid storytelling and revealing honesty that both painfully and respectively is released through each composition. Ayo’s languorous and delicate vocals, paired with profound musicianship and multi-cultured adaptations, is why Ayo is still a heart-warming figure in the independent music scene.

 

You can catch Ayo and the anticipated performance of her self-titled record this Wednesday at DROM in New York City. Doors open at 6:30pm with the show starting at 7:15pm. For more on Ayo, please follow her socials listed below and listen to her music on all digital streaming platforms today.

 

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