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CONCERT REVIEW: Magic 8-Ball Tour – Gaslamp Killer, Kid Sister, Clipse, A-Trak
May 2, 2011, 12:28 pm
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This. Was. AWESOME.

I realize I overuse the word AWESOME, but.. wow. Amazing show. While my emotions are currently running WILD due to the recent news of Osama Dead Laden, plus how much fun I had at the Magic 8-Ball Tour, the following may sound extreme..

Upcoming DJ, Gaslamp Killer, did an opening set and got the crowd PUMPED. I actually was a bit late and missed some of his set, but got on stage to take a few pics. He is crazy – he was going NUTS while spinning! You’ll see in the pictures, what I mean. Talked to him for a minute afterward and he was a bit…off. But hey, every musical genius is. All I have to say is… now THAT’s a mustache.

For me, the absolute highlight of the show was Kid Sister’s set. I am a HUGE fan of hers and I really was there for the sole reason of seeing her live. She was everything I hoped she would be live, and I could barely contain my excitement while on stage snapping pics. When “Gucci Rag Top” came on, I was done – could. not. take. pictures. The bass just got to me and I had to watch her. She’s amazing! Kid Sister is such a PERFORMER. An issue I have with rappers is that they have no performance on stage.  However, the reason I think I like her so much is because of what she does on stage: if I were a performer – that’s EXACTLY what I would do on stage. She flails her arms and goes absolutely wild.  Her movements are careless, punchy, ass-in-the-air, funny, and incredibly fun. The whole set was so high-energy and danceable, and she really lit up the room with a majorly positive energy. I was definitely more excited than the other photographers/bloggers there, since everyone was mostly there for A-Trak. She’s got the coolest style around and has secured her spot as Jillboard’s favorite female MC, hands down. Even looking at the pictures from her set is exciting. SO. MUCH. FUN. I also got a minute to catch up with her after the show and she was exactly what I expected – SO COOL. She had the perfect balance of half sweet/funny, half celebrity/too-cool aura. REALLY amazing show. If you’re near a city that she’s coming to, you BEST get over there and push to the front of the stage – she stage dives. She also rides on a motorized, pink, studded scooter. Badass.

Also joining the stage was a special performance by the epic hip-hop duo, Pusha T & Malice, AKA Clipse! I was milling around backstage and taking videos during their set so I didn’t get to see much, but I did see how well the crowd reacted. The crowd effing LOVED IT.  Met these guys after the show too, and they were surprisingly the most kind and willing to take pics/interact.

Closing the show was an epic set by A-Trak. As if Kid Sis & Clipse didn’t rev the crowd up enough, A-Trak went HAM on stage – and the crowd ate. it. up. There was definitely a ton of people on ecstacy, so they had the best time, but everyone else had fun too. His set was sick and his stage set-up was so awesome.  He had crazy lights, a massive lit-up “A”, and was sooo high-energy.  He also wore a suit and bow-tie, which was extremely sexy and classy. Total rockstar status.

If the Magic 8-Ball Tour is rolling through your city, GO. GO GO GO. It’s so much fun. I want to go again. That is all.

ALSO: The photos are on the NEW FACEBOOK PAGE for Jillboard – as we make the switch from this site to the new Jillboard, a new Facebook page was just created, so please click LIKE immediately! Thanks and enjoy the pics/video!


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Concert Review: B.o.B
April 11, 2011, 8:48 am
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“Voltage” – (Right click + “Save link as” to DL)

Awesome. Concert. Although I was mildly (greatly) distracted by taking pictures the whole time so I could make cool media for you, I got to enjoy SOME of the show, and I have to say it was really good. Sometimes rap concerts can be boring since it’s once guy yelling into a mic. However, B.o.B proved himself quite the performer. He was wild! Jumpin’ around on the amps, screaming, crowd surfing, dancing…you name it. He really put on an awesome, fun show. Personal favorite moment of the concert was when he rapped “Batman Flow” off his most recent mixtape, No Genre. It was CRAZY! He went absolutely nuts and I could barely act professional in the pit because I was so amped up. Also, “Beast Mode” was totally self-explanatory – just BEASTLY.  He did some insane covers, like “Kids” by MGMT, which was fast-paced, poppy version that rocked. Actually wait, my favorite moment might be “Voltage”, which he performed with Playboy Tre (the opening act). It was EPIC. Playboy Tre was great too, and I really respected his inspirational speech. However, nothing was as epic as what happened AFTER the show.

Not only did Bobby Ray take amazing promo shots for Jillboard as well as hang with press in the sky room for some interviews, but me and my girls chilled at his hotel after party til’ the wee hours of the morning. That is all I will release about that – but just know it was more epic than imaginable.

You MUST check out photos from the concert on Jillboard Top 100’s Facebook by clicking HERE! There’s some crowd shots too, so if I snagged a pic of you, you’re in there.

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EVENT REVIEW: Alex Young’s “Government Name” Music Video Release Party
December 1, 2010, 6:25 pm
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Last night (11/30) was Alex young’s “Government Name” music video release party in NYC. With music by celebrity DJ, DJ Fadelf, and guest appearances from Pizzi (of Mysto & Pizzi) and Taj Jackson amongst others, it was an all around AMAZING night. Alex performed her new hit single “Government Name” along with 2 other songs, “Light Refraction” and “Heart Stop”. She put on a spectacular show, looking absolutely stunning in her Sofistafunk Co. wardrobe, and received an all around jaw-dropping “WOW” response from the crowd. With fabulous visuals and beyond amazing choreography by Sheryl Murakami, the show was a hit to say the least.

The actual event space, 8 Bond Studio in NYC, was an incredible setting with a great vibe. The space was decked out in AY “Government Name” decorations front to back, with all staff sporting awesome “What’s your GOVERNMENT NAME?” T-shirts, as shown below. These shirts, where you can sign your name on them, will be available for purchase shortly on Alex Young’s website www.alexyoungmusic.com. I recommend buying one…

If you haven’t seen Alex’s new music video “Government Name”, you’re behind the times! Check it out ASAP:

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GO ALEX!!!

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CONCERT REVIEW: Sam Adams – Starland Ballroom NJ 11/29
December 1, 2010, 5:57 pm
Filed under: College, Concert, Dubstep, Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop Music | Tags: ,

“Heads Will Roll” – Sam Adams (Click to DL)

On Monday night I went to the Sam Adams concert at Starland Ballroom. LA Riots and a couple of rappers opened (not sure who they were). LA Riots’ set was sick, although they kind of just stood there talking the whole time and walked off stage abruptly, which was a bit odd..

Sam’s show was great. It seemed like a short set to me, although he performed a bunch of fan favorites, and Jill favorites, including “Hold On”, “No Americano”, “Share Your Dolla”, “Bass Head”, “Driving Me Crazy”, “Coast To Coast”, and “Heads Will Roll”. New 1st Round Records (Adams’ label) artist, G-Curtis, came out and performed a couple songs with Sam. I was shockingly impressed by G-Curtis – so talented! I’ve heard some buzz about him before, but seeing him live was very different than hearing his music through computer speakers. He had seriously awesome vocals, is a great rapper, and is also a dancer. Certainly the package deal.

Sam’s set also ended very abruptly, and the whole crowd was confused, as was I. Everyone was expecting an “I Hate College” encore, since he never performed it, but the lights turned on and security rushed everyone out. It was very strange. The actual show was great though. I thought the floor was going to crack during “No Americano” – the crowd went NUTS. The bass was so heavy I was coughing when breathing. Maybe that’s my cold wearing off, but…

All around fun show, great music, although I was upset that he didn’t perform “I Hate College” or “Gonna Be OK”, my faves. I was also a little taken aback by the crowd, who was surprisingly young and annoying. Sam wins the prize for most obnoxious fan girls. Hey, at least he has them.

Above is one of the most energetic songs of the show, “Heads Will Roll”, which is off Sam’s new mixtape Party Records.

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Concert Review: Cartel & Saves The Day
October 4, 2010, 2:29 pm
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Will Pugh of Cartel

Cartel and Saves the Day played Ramapo College a couple days ago, and I was obvs there to capture the action. All the guys were very sweet, and the boys of Cartel seemed to be very interested in playing Flip Cup after the show, although they never followed through…

Though I liked both bands more as an eighth grader, I have to say it was a pretty good show. With a disappointingly small crowd (you suck Ramapo), both bands killed it. I was particularly impressed by Will, the lead singer of Cartel’s vocals. He was spot on. They covered Oasis’s “Wonderwall”, which was an amazing cover with their own little twist on it, as well as playing their claims to fame, “Honestly”, “Say Anything (Else)”, and “Runaway”. For two bands that were more popular a few years ago, they made the crowd feel like they were still “The Man”. Also, they like Jillboard, so they’re A-OK in my book.

Check out Cartel’s latest single, “The Perfect Mistake”, below. Click here to download.

Chris Conley of Saves The Day

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M.I.A. Concert Review – 9.27.10
September 29, 2010, 7:51 pm
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“Steppin’ Up”

“Boyz”

I went to the M.I.A. concert at NYC’s Terminal 5 two nights ago, and it was unbelievable. It was one of the most wild shows I’ve seen. In a more intimate, clubby setting, I had to be one of 3 people that was not on acid. One guy was facing the opposite direction from the stage, swaying with his eyes closed the entire show. The crowd was wild, but M.I.A. was wilder. There were some technical problems and the show started about 1 1/2 hours late which was extremely disappointing, although she really put on a great show. M.I.A. knows exactly what she’s doing, she’s an AMAZING performer. There were times where she just stood still and stared at the audience, who was jumping crazily, and it was still exciting. During “Born Free” (the song with the ginger genocide music video), shet got wild. She crowd-surfed, threw her mic into the crowd, and walked off stage. Everyone was pretty confused, as she kept us waiting for a few minutes before she returned… with a handle of vodka. All I can say is – Coolest. Mom. Ever. The bass was incredible, the heartfelt kind (not mushy heartfelt, literally felt in your heart). It was almost shockingly loud, the best kind of loud. M.I.A. DJed, rapped, sang, screamed, had fans sing, connected with the crowd, and wore an awesome shirt that said “F**k Google, Ask Me”. The graphics/lights were extremely stimulating as was the dancing, beats, and energy of the show.

Her opening act, Rye Rye, an artist signed to her label, revved the crowd up with an INCREDIBLE opening set. Having never heard of her before, I was completely blown away, staring in amazement. As if I wasn’t completely enthralled in her African style dancing mixed with electronic hip-hop beats, she closed with a “Party In The USA” sampling. SHET. GOT. WILD. All around amazing show – Rye Rye and M.I.A. are truly amazing artists and I can not stop listening to their music.

M.I.A.’s unique sound never ceases to amaze me, and to hear it live and loud was beyond fantastic. I admire her creativity/individuality/new wave sounds soooo much. She has to be one of the most innovative artists out there. You know you’re good when you make experimental music that people still consider to be pop. Even when I didn’t recognize the song, it was impossible to not dance. She closed with “Paper Planes”, which I actually missed because I left 10 minutes early to catch my bus back to school. Stupid college. You ruin everything.

Above I posted my two favorite songs that she performed. If you’re not into M.I.A. (yet), I recommend you download those two songs along with “XR2” and “Space” off her most recent album “MAYA”. Do dat.

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“Runaway Love” Justin Bieber Feat. Raekwon & Kanye West
September 1, 2010, 11:28 am
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First off I would like to apologize for not posting for 3 days (GASP!!). Birthday celebrations + intern activities/Crash Mansion show + moving in to school = I’m sorry. Find a place in your heart to forgive me. The Crash Mansion show went great, it was a decent Pop/R&B talent showcase with Alex Young headlining. She killed it with an amazing closing set. Footage to come.

Secondly, what a great collab! After having a tweet-sesh back & forth for awhile, Kanye and Justin decided it’d be a great idea to collaborate. Definitely an odd one, but a good one at that. It has a very cool hip-hop beat which contrasts well with Biebz’ vocals. His vocals almost sound like young Michael Jackson. Not that I’m comparing baby-Biebey to Michael Jackson, but his vocals on this track are reminiscent of the Jackson 5 days.

P.S. Ye is still a douche!

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