While continuing to push this culture of music, this culture of young people doing extraordinary things, it is important to pause and reflect on the gravity of certain moments. As our attention spans are slowly becoming condensed to 140 characters, as we get caught in the whirlwind of a constant flow of information, it would be negligent to simply leave the passing of one of this generations greatest statesmen up to major news outlets. Sure, our followers and supporters will hear his story time-after-time over the next few weeks, but he earned our respect and admiration ten-fold. Mandela served 27 years…27 years for believing equality and freedom for the people of South Africa was more than just an idea, but a reality. Having the patience and peace of mind to see the end goal is something we can all admire. Although the fight for equality on a global scale may not seem as apparent as it once was, we still face challenges – some of us more than most. Today, we honor Nelson Mandela not only for his ability to be a catalyst for change, but for his ability to inspire awareness and compassion for future generations.
For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
While we wait on “Droptops” EP to be release, Chuck Inglish of The Cool Kids is set to embark on his “The Wax & Roll” tour. Inglish’s first stop will be in Riverside, CA on November 13th and will continue in cities like San Francisco, Chicago and NYC just to name a few. Tickets are available threw facebook and can be purchase here.
List of cities and date after the jump.
The every so lively A$AP Mob is storming into Chicago this coming Sunday November 3rd to perform at the Concord Music Hall along with Joey Fatts & Aston Matthews, Overdoz, and 100S and we’ve be graced with a couple pairs of tickets to giveaway to some A$AP fans in the Windy City. For those of you who are all about Rocky though, there’s no official word if he’ll be in attendance but we can all hope considering he is part of the “mob”.
Doors open at 8pm, show is 18+ with a valid ID, and tickets are still available in case you don’t get lucky enough to snag a free pair. If you missed the last time the mob was here with Rocky, it was a wild show so be sure to check them all out at Concord this weekend. Now for the content.
As usual, all you have to do is tweet the following to enter. Winners will be chosen Friday at 12pm.
I want to win tickets to go see @ASAPferg and the @ASAPMOB at @ConcordHall! #chicago RT to enter!
Chicago loves Disclosure, there’s no doubt about that. After countless sold out shows and an incredibly packed Lollapalooza audience it seems as though fans cannot get enough of the English duo. After scoring two consecutive top 10 hit singles with “White Noise” and “You & Me”, a vote into the BBC Radio 1xtra ‘Hot Ten For 2013′, these brothers continued their momentum well into the year. The release of their debut studio album Settle hit number one on the UK Albums Chart while also charting in many countries across Europe and Australia, it also received four stars from the Guardian and a 9.1 score on Pitchfork. Not bad for a debut studio album from a duo who have only been active for the last couple of years.
Lets fast forward to one week ago: Thursday night, Chicago, House of Blues. With a line wrapping around the building, anxious fans awaited an intimate night with two of their beloved House artists. The sounds of opener T. Williams who also hails from England leaked out of the building only growing the crowds anticipation to get inside that much greater. If you’re unfamiliar with the sounds of T. Williams I highly recommend you check him out. Not only did he bless the crowd with various house tracks, he incorporated hip-hop fused baselines into the mix to give people that scrunched up face as they turned to look at their friends as if they were having a heart attack. The lights went low, T. Williams wrapped up his set, and the crowd roared. Disclosure was up next.
The October/November issue of XXL features original Top Dawg Entertainment members; Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q. With Jonathon Mannion behind the lens, the issue hits stores October 29th.
Check out TDE’s cypher featuring a nice introduction of Isaiah Rashad, during the BET Hip-Hop Awards after the jump
Keepin’ It Deep is proud to present Laidback Luke’s “Musically Driven Bus Tour” on Saturday, November 2nd 2013 at The Vogue Theater in Indianapolis with special guests Moska and D.O.D. To help promote the upcoming event, KID is going to hold a competition for the opening local support act. Contestants must submit a 30-minute DJ mix which will then be voted upon. Once voting has ended, the top five mixes that have received the most votes will then be judged by a panel of judges based on mixing ability, song selection, flow, and creativity/originality.
Our good friend Noah Saltz has entered the competition and we would love it if all of you took a second to support him and vote using both Facebook and Twitter. The the link below to check out his mix and place your vote.
Vote for Noah Saltz.
Sadly another Chicago Gourmet has come and gone and it’s always at this point that I feel like Summer has finally come to a complete close. Through its title sponsor Bon Appétit Magazine along with presenting sponsor Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois, they welcomed over 12,000 guests to Millennium Park for some serious dining. We’re blessed to have been invited back for a second year now to cover the festival and we couldn’t have been more ecstatic which is why we put together a nice list of 5 reasons why it’s the best food festival we’ve been to.
For those of you who may not be familiar, Chicago Gourmet showcases hundreds of renowned chefs, winemakers, premium spirit producers and brewmasters from around the world. Comprised of cooking demonstrations, book signings, food and wine seminars, Grand Cru tastings, numerous gourmet tasting pavilions, ingredient smackdowns, guests have no shortage of things to see, do, eat, and drink. Now that we’ve made you jealous, lets get right into things.
Back in high school I used to listen to a lot more ‘rock’ style music than I do these days. I think that stems from the lack of quality material that typically trickles out from the major record labels currently in the industry, but what can you do. Lucky for us, we get a big taste of nostalgia from the people behind Riot Fest. Since its inception last year, it has managed to create a huge following due to its awesome lineup, a curious man behind their Twitter account, and its multiple stops across the country including Denver, and Toronto.
I had the opportunity to shoot the festival and despite the cold weather gripping the evening hours, it was nothing short of amazing. Shots include Fall Out Boy, the festival attendees, and an overall look at the carnival aspect which I absolutely loved. I mean what other festival has a wrestling ring setup where Nacho Libre can be seen giving someone the pile driver? Can’t wait to see what they have in store for next year but in the meantime, take a look at our photo recap after the jump.