D’Angelo & The Vanguard ‘Spotify Sessions’

D’Angelo & The Vanguard paid Spotify a visit in NYC and set up in their studio to perform a 4-track live session that, naturally, is now available on Spotify below. A trio of songs from Black Messiah are performed before a cover of Prince’s “She’s Always In My Hair”.

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Run The Jewels kicks off SXSW 2015

While the music side of SXSW doesn’t officially start ’till tomorrow, the Spotify House kicked things off yesterday with performance artists The Bumbys and a high energy set from Run The Jewels.

Though the liquor flows like “Twisted Heat” one of the downsides of SXSW are long lines and the inevitable reaching of capacity at most venues. With that said – arriving early is a must and the best parties will have creative ways to keep you busy while waiting for your artist to take the stage. In addition to a an open bar, the Spotify House brought in The Bumbys who are known for their “fair and honest appraisals of your appearance” (Gill gave me a 9.3 – I can live with that) and Bose stepped up with a Disco room (think oversized portapotty filled with mirrors, disco balls, and a Bose stereo system instead of.. uh, all the usual unpleasant things that come along with a portapotty).

El-P and Killer Mike took the stage and killed it for an hour, and while the set was incredibly on point, a random attack on stage brought the show to a halt for a moment as Mike threw the “fuckboy” off stage (conveniently into me) which is when I grabbed him and pulled him off stage. When the ogre stepped towards me I obviously stepped back (I’m a 9.3 with Carmine 1’s – I’m a man but I ain’t about to go and throw all that out the window, ya feel me). Shit. Mike got the whole house chanting “fuckboy, fuckboy” as he left the house bleeding. Great show but absolutely terrible (if any) security.

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#gowheredoesSXSW Recap

Every year SXSW gets bigger and bigger, but did this year get too big and crazy? There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. I hope that made sense.

As expected, there was music everywhere. People lined the streets hoping to get a glimpse a celebrity or catch a free show.  Everything from Lady Gaga showing up at the Doritos Stage, Ludacris at the Dickies, Rick Ross bringing Erykah Badu to help him close down the Fader Fort Saturday night, SXSW was very sure to please.

Video by Lerin Lockwood

And of course… there were the parties. Nothing like coming up to the Illmore to see Steve Aoki and capping the evening off with G-Eazy.  The parties went on till 6 in the morning, even when the liquor ran out closer to three.  Moving from the previous year’s mansions, this year was at a youth center. It was a little bit of a throwback vibe. I almost felt like I was at my high school’s homecoming. The line up was still sick though and of course, Steve Aoki caked some concert goers.

Isaiah Rashad Thursday night at the SoundCloud House.
Isaiah Rashad Thursday night at the SoundCloud House.

Some of the hottest house parties were Soundcloud who introduced the public to some great hip-hop acts that will really make some big waves this year.  Soundcloud hosted a laid back but really solid set Thursday night with Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Chuck Inglish, and the perfect ending with Schoolboy Q. During the daytime, the Spotify House was solid. Filled with interactive demo walls of their upgrades to Spotify, trivia games, free food and drinks, and brand new sounds from up and coming artist Vancejoy.  I love coming back from Austin with a filled playlist that I will be sharing later this week.

Schoolboy Q performs “Man of the Year”

Live at the Fader Fort (Video via Fader Fort)

Always a go to spot, with the 3 block line to prove it, the Fader Fort opened and closed hard bringing in unthinkable lines everyday. From old school smash hits like Jeremih’s Birthday Sex and Jojo’s Leave Get Out, to new songs by Chromeo, Vic Mensa, and lastly Rick Ross shutting down the fort, Fader has become an institution and definitely a festival within itself. //instagram.com/p/ljKjD5CnwF/embed/ Then there was’s Ludacris’s Friday night show.  He came out so hard the soundstage basically imploded forcing a 10 minutes intermission at Dickies. He made sure to come even harder, playing throwbacks like Stand Up and Whats your Fantasy, I think this my favorite show. Thanks BMFMedia for hosting.

photo credit: Childish Gambino IG
photo credit: Childish Gambino IG

Childish Gambino seemed to have OWNED SXSW.  Everyday he had something. From his appearance at the MTVU Woodies, his Hackathon, and his Saturday night free show in Butler Park, Gambino owned it all.  I didn’t get to check out all of his shows (I know, I’m kind of bummed), but I will be seeing him in concert on Wednesday in Chicago. Though Wednesday night’s tragedy had a looming presence on Thursday’s shows and with Tyler the Creator inciting a riot and later being arrested at the airport proves how out of hand anything goes at SXSW. Would I do it all over again? Yes, absolutely, because seriously I wouldn’t know where else I could experience anything like this. Every year is a wild card. As always, follow us on Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates.

Srirachana at the Fader Fort
Srirachana at the Fader Fort