RKCB did the thing- they made a masterful, whimsical masterpiece of visual creation
The electronic, down-tempo duo, consisting of Riley Knapp and Casey Barth, have constructed this beautiful and epic music video titled “Alone, With You” to accompany their three recent singles and give us a short film to help us visualize the songs as they were meant to be seen and heard. The video was premiered on Nylon today bringing the much-needed recognition it deserved.
With the impeccable, mystifying directing and producing talents of Cue The Bird (JP Stiles + Harrison Macks), RKCB is able to provide a piece of art to be proud of. This is an actual video that you can touch and feel. The lighting, the dancing, the movement, the music, the angles and perspectives inject doses of primal, visceral, charming, and poignant effects to our bodies for the entirety of the 6 minutes and 41 seconds.
Truly sexistential, “Alone, With You” is redefining, challenging, questioning, and experimenting with one’s own sexual desires. The characters are monstrous, vicious, attractive, and adored. Overall, “Alone, With You” is an irresistible adventure of lust and despair that carries you on a velvety path, torn by the heart breaks of these lovers and RKCB’s lyrics. The songs are perfectly ordered beginning with “Vice”, followed by “Bloom” and concluded by “Naive”.
The seductive contemporary dance brings this thrilling and heart-breaking visual escapade to life. The body contortions, the hallucinogenic scenes, the flaura, and the lingerie all act as part of an exciting sensual journey. Every facial expression depicts the episodes of a rocky relationship perfectly matched to the hues of fogged out rooms and vintage film reels. From beginning to end, the story unfolds before our eyes, flawlessly soundtracked to RKCB’s stunning singles.
Confusion, love, and remorse & vengeance, these are the emotions we endure in this cinematic experience.
At every moment, I felt a deeper and deeper connection to the characters, and each time I watched, I felt as though I found more, and saw more. This music video is the perfect balance of going beyond the expected and staying simply true to the messages behind the music.
The final scene is an enrapturing scene of the male protagonist jumping into the air, as a transparent RKCB logo consumes and erupts from his head, ending an era and satisfying our souls.
Back at it again with Live Nation’s incredible event that showcases some of the most talented up-and-coming artists today! Ones to Watch has to be one of the best ideas in the music industry and for it. On the hunt for new talent, OTW scouts search and seize those they find have incredible musical skills and potential and bring them to this one night where they are seen by many within the music business world!
Last wednesday, (August 2nd), OTW presented us two artists of different genres who truly have a passion for their art and a talent that will most likely blow up on the charts at some point!The crowd that night was ecstatic as all filed in to get their free shirts from Bella X Canvas and The Shirt Agency and to get their free beverages from the bar. The room decorated with chandeliers looked fantastic under the lighting and the glass windows showed off a perfect sunset to start the night.
To set the scene, the event unfolds before our eyes on a simple stage of mics, seats, a drum set, a rug, and a “One to Watch” projected backdrop.
Artist 1: Allie X (Electronic-Pop):
Allie X is a radiant character hailing from Oakville, Ontario. Her real name is Alexandra Ashley Hughes. She originally came from a classical piano, opera, and musical theatre background, and it wasn’t until 2014 when she started to outgrow that scene to enter into the world of pop and electronica. Her first ever released single was “Catch”, which Time magazine had written about. Her music can be described as whimsical, positive melancholy, and enchanting. They’re hypnotic in their own way with her strong, yet serene vocals and she just manages to shock you with that electric feel. She will remind you of Betty Who, Charli XCX, and upbeat Lana Del Ray, and Ashe.
In 2015, she released her debut EP CollXtion I and in 2017, she released her sophomore EP CollXtion II. She has drawn quite the crowd through the power of her music and with her inquisitive nature and her fascinating personality, she draws attention to herself. She exposes a whole new side of the nature of pop to her fans and listeners. Truly a talent, she is one to watch.
Listen to her music below:
Artist 2: Buddy (Hip-Hop/R&B):
The second artist at the event was Buddy, a young man from Compton, CA who will remind you of artists such as Mack Wilds, Tunji Ige, and Saba. Simmie Sims (aka Buddy) has a cutting-edge sound to offer the hip-hop world. He was known for his impressive rap battles in the LA scene and starting at the age of 11, Buddy was performing in various showcases, and writing and performing for a rap collective. He was found out by DJ Casanova who then decided to take the budding rapper under his wing to help construct his style and discover his musical persona.
Soon after, Pharrell would find Buddy and mentor him. Together, the two produced Buddy’s single “Awesome Awesome” with the Neptunes. Buddy spits fire and will remind you of the skillful, witty tricks of Vince Staples, but he will also remind you of the fun, light-hearted stylings of Smino. He’s a new taste for hip hop. He recently collaborated with KAYTRANADA to create his EP Ocean & Montana. He will also be on a US tour with KYLE this fall, so be on the lookout for this one to watch.
Well, if not London, then at least these vibrant characters, Fenech-Soler, have got you dreaming. UK electronic outfit are back with a technicolor sound they call Zilla and it’s a wonderful compilation of rejoicing for the sounds of music. This recently released studio production includes 12 strong tracks that all embody a different tune & tone to cater to all types of musical tastes!
With eclectic sounds and positive vibes, the music instills an energy into any room that is lucky enough to host their shining compilations. Zilla is an album that will uplift spirits and will have you jamming along to its metallic dance music. Utilizing elements of techno-pop beats, 80’s melodies, and disco-funk ballads, theses two English brothers create a synergy between synths and sounds!
One of their lead tracks off of the album “Kaleidoscope” now has a wonderful visual to accompany it; you can see it below:
Recently, the boys had a performance at Cambridge, Massachusetts’ well known venue, The Middle East, with opening act Knox Hamilton.
I had the pleasure of talking to Fenech-Soler, pre-show, about their talented creations and to find out more behind them and the music.
When I introduced myself to Ben and Ross Duffy, they were both smiling, excited to be interviewed, which of course made me thrilled to speak with them!
“We are a band from the UK, from a small little village called Kings Cliffe, which is a farming village in Northhamptonshire, England and that’s where we’re from.”
The dynamic duo went into the story of how this all started for them which began when they grew up around instruments, especially from their musically-affiliated father who was very much into the bluegrass/country world of music. Then as they grew up, they turned towards dance music and Ross started a band, which Ben eventually joined. “After that we were in a lot of embarrassing teenage bands, and then we just started recording music at home ourselves on our laptop and that then transformed into playing gigs and becoming a solo act.”
I was very curious to know where the eclectic sounds of their genre came from. “Ultimately, we were always influenced by electronic music, that was kind of the spark that led us to make Fenech-Soler…if you kind of draw line between the DJ world and the dance music and the band world, that’s kind of where we place ourselves, certainly from a live perspective.”
Their influences stem from notable acts such as Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers, and other modular stuff, as well as some late 80s and early disco work and indie-rock tunes. “Those are kind of the melting pots of our musical influences,” says Ben. “We’re bad about being decisive, it may be our downfall,” Ross admits. But what they call their downfall, could easily be considered their expertise in this fun, captivating project they released back in February!
The album was named after their close-friend Zilla, a named they always loved, something they considered different, and a word that not many people have heard before. For them, this musical process/journey has been quite the ride and has been extremely riveting and fulfilling. “We’ve gotten to perform for our friends and family and we’ve gotten to travel the world…We take so much from that.” Fun fact? This electro-rock/pop pair performed at the Russian Summer Olympics once!
I then proceeded to ask Fenech Soler if there was any song from the album that they felt they identified with best, or would consider their soul song?
“Cold Light, is one of the few songs that if we went back to it, we wouldn’t want to change anything about it because we were really in it when we made it. Very happy with it sonically,” recalls Ben. Ross followed up by also noting that his favorite song would be “Kaleidoscope” just because “it felt like everything we were trying to achieve along the process of making the album, it was pretty much the last song we wrote…” Ben then jumped in, “it wasn’t the last song we wrote, but it was definitely the turning point. It was the most emblematic song of the ‘Zilla‘ sound, and right after that, the rest of the record fell in line really quickly.”
When I asked them the birth of the band name, they both chuckled and Ben replied, “the band name, it’s a weird name, kind of a made up language… People always say it wrong on the radio.” [Fen-eck Soh-luhr] in case you were curious to know yourself.
We then went on a bit of a tangent to discuss the music indsutry itself, and kind of how hey made their way into the scene. “A lot of what we did was find our way through the music industry by talking to people… Music in its essence is subjective, so it’s good to kind of chat and meet people… and it’s super connected.” It is always good to talk about the music with to share each others’ ideas, opinions, and perspectives.
Where does Fenech-Soler want to perform next? They said they would love to perform on the beach, at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, and in Japan! The two were witty and funny
Like always, I had to ask these guys what they are #OnTheVerge of … and they told me….
After the interview, the guys prepped for the performance and when they entered from stage right in jackets bedazzled and frilled, the crowd went wild, and immediately their music filled the room with color and excitement. Their charisma spread throughout the crowd and the contagious sounds of optimism carried us through the night.
Hello Again, Verge Campus Readers and GoodMusicAllDay Listeners! You’re listening in to 89.3 FM, 640 AM, Channel 6 on BU Cable or live at wtburadio.org and this is ON THE VERGE.
In this episode, we played some awesome new beats for y’all, talked Headlines & Hashtags, and interviewed two featured artists from Boston University, fellow seniors Jean-Luc and Trevor Kaminski!
It was a fun-filled and action-packed show this past Sunday! During our Headlines & Hashtags segment, we discussed some of the most pressing topics this week like the recent clown sightings (which we found that some of us interns had a deep phobia for), Kim Kardashian’s concierge writing an open letter about the gun-point incident recently reported, the new Power Rangers movie to be released starring an unfortunate cast like Becky G, the latest Netflix documentary premiere on the case of “Amanda Knox” (an article written by intern Latifah Obaid), and the unexpectedness of Kid Cudi’s announcement to check himself into rehab due to his suicidal thoughts!!!
WE ALSO GAVE A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT ON A GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY! If you check out this article and enter the contest, you may have the chance to win two free tickets to see a Celtics Pre-Season game front & center row with VIP Putnam Club access included! Enter HERE.
DJ A-Rad (Aka Angeli) and DJ Lu-Nee Tunes (Aka Neelu) discussed their complete and utter sorrow for missing the KAYTRANDA concert that had occurred the night before, and then they proceeded to play his single “YOURE THE ONE,” which is also a part of our radio header. #noshame. For music, we featured songs such as “My Hands” by AYER, “Balance” a remix by Joe Mason for a The Him ft Oktavian song, “The Mack” by Nevada ft. Fetty Wap, “THE MOVE” by Reva DeVito and produced by KAYTRANADA, and many more!
After a few laughs and giggles, we had the opportunity to bring on our featured artists and guests to jump into our Just College Things and #OnTheVerge Featured Artist segments to dive deep into an a fun, creative, and inspiring conversation about being a student and a musician and utilizing one’s resources in the city and finding the right friends and working together to construct something extraordinary. Both guys, Jean-Luc and Trevor Kaminski are seniors in Boston University’s School Of Communications, majoring in Advertising. Trevor is also minoring in Film/TV. The two linked up a while back and with Jean-Luc’s music and Trevor’s vision, they came up with the ultimate way to build the college spirit of art into one cohesive visual! Check out their 80’s funk-pop music video and track in the video below:
It is refreshing to see people who show such drive and passion for their work and include people into their worlds, because as we had mentioned on air, when it comes to art, from fashion to music to film and to visual art, everyone needs each others’ help to produce something of quality. In addition, we talked about college and the work and how for both Jean-Luc and Trevor, their studies taught them a lot about what is is they wanted to do and how to do it right.
Listen in to our interview and recap on the awesome playlist we put together, right now, right here:
Despite them being unable to give a rated-PG college story, we at least had an amazingly elaborate and dynamic talk with these two very talented yet humble human beings. We were honored to have them on the show. They’re #OnTheVerge of doing it big and doing it for real!
In an enticing twist of musical fate, R&B artist The Weeknd and producer Cashmere Cat came together to create their newest release “Wild Love.”
Yesterday, these two were kind enough to drop this little gift right before our weekend started and now we have something fresh to cleanse our musical palettes. The two had been teasing fans for sometime about their work in the studio, and finally we receive their anticipated product, which also features Francis and the Lights. “Wild Love” is an enchanting track that captivates you at first listen. It already begins with a dynamic introduction of all three artists’ sounds as we hear the the vocal and synth layers most commonly known from Francis, the high falsettos singing by Abel, and the infectious sirens and electronic rain drop noises of Cashmere Cat. This single will be the title track to Cashmere’s new album, Wild Love which will drop today! The album is to be via Mad Love (Benny Blanco’s production division under Interscope Records).
This stunning single is ominous and charismatic. It is a wake up call, a battle cry, and a lullaby. The way that Francis messes with vocals and warps them into blurry incantations is what really gives this piece some personality. With Cashmere’s intended interruptions, the song is strikingly beautiful. And as for The Weeknd, he carries the track with a fantastic will and force that thrusts us into their worlds of music.
The Weeknd, like a lone-wolf, howls into the digital mixing of both producers works bringing soul to this exotic melody. An atmosphere is created between the trio’s contributions to the song and it only excites an individual for what these guys will bring to the music scene as they continue to develop their styles and create new projects for us to indulge in.
In other news, it seems like The Weeknd has a lot in store for us as he has been hinting to various collaborations with other artists in the past few weeks over his social media. We heard the other day from a Republic Records Executive that this R&B god would be working on a joint-track with the electronic-dance heavyweights Daft Punk.
Cashmere Cat released his last EP project back in 2014 titled Wedding Bells. He has made quite a successful career for himself as he has worked with the likes of Kanye West, Ariana Grande, and A$AP Ferg (just to name a few).
As for Francis, of Francis and the Lights, a lot of people are getting to know the sonic extraordinaire as he recently released his own song
“Friends” and an accompanying music video that featured both Kanye West and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. In addition to this, “Friends” was sampled and used for the track “Summer Friends” one of Chance the Rapper’s hit songs off his album Coloring Book. Francis will now be touring with Chance on his Magnificent Coloring World Tour this autumn!
You can listen to the track below! Let us know what you think!:
Just around the corner, yet another incredible music festival awaits us…The Mala Luna Music Festival!
This annual day of musical celebration comes around with always a stellar set of musicians and artists and always meets expectations, and this year, they’ve only upped their game. They were excited to announce the full music line-up the other day that would present all of the people that are to perform for the two days of the event.
The festival will take place on October 29th & 30th at the Lone Star Brewery in San Antonio, Texas.
So what makes this event so special? Hold on to your hats, because there’s quite a bit to boast about. Of course, it’s a music festival, but it’s not only a music show, but also a fundraiser to give back to the beautiful area of San Antonio. The Mala Luna Festival plans to donate a portion its proceeds from each and every ticket sold to the Network for Young Artists (NYA)! How amazing! This nonprofit organization provides affordable music classes such as voice, percussion, keyboard, guitar, and dance to youth of ages 4-20 years old. With incredibly genuine gesture, the festival and all sponsors associated with the event will be supporting underprivileged children reach their dreams or even cultivate themselves more culturally and socially. Along with this amazing endeavor, the Mala Luna Music Festival will simultaneously be taking place on the famous Mexican holiday, Diá de los Muertos. In addition to the already captivating music sets, there will also be various live art installations and countless local food vendors and merchants dispersed across the vicinity.
A big thank you goes to the numerous sponsors and partners that the celebration has gained in order to bring these festivities to life, including Univision’s 98.5 The Beat (KBBT), Lone Star Beer, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Wingstop, and Red Bull.
This is a festival to never forget as you live and breathe the music that collides with air and mixes in with the voices of screaming fans. Let these two-consecutive days be an escape from reality as communities come together to celebrate life, to appreciate art, and to support the culture.
The line-up consisted of headliners such as Kaskade, Tory Lanez, Travi$ Scott, G-Eazy, and Steve Aoki. And it now recently grew as new artists were added to the list, including Kevin Gates, Tory Lanez, Rae Sremmurd, and Kehlani! Other acts to be seen and to keep a look out for are all of the up-and-coming EDM and Hip hop stars to-be that will perform those days as well, like Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, Jacquees, G Herbo, Sango and Lunice!
So to put it simply, it’s going to be lit! See the event flyer below:
Grab your tickets now while you still can, and hope to see you there!
For more information on the event, go to their official site and be sure to follow Mala Luna Music Festival at Facebook, on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat (@malalunafest) for updates and special promotions!
Things have been changing around campus at Boston University thanks to the many young active voices who try to bring certain topics to light. Now, the BU community is asking its school’s authorities to bring one of the most pivotal aspects of a college experience, and something we have never had before, and that is a College Spring Musical Festival.
Why do we want this? Students are thankful that someone finally stood up to the Student Activities Board (known more casually as SAO). Music is an extremely important aspect of a college experience as are festivals. So, why is that you ask? Well isn’t it obvious? If you look at what the festival atmosphere promotes, it encourages community. It encourages culture. It brings about empowerment to express oneself and their passions. And overall, it is a lot of fun!
By having this Spring Festival, not only would we be helping the BU community, but we would be sharing the love with the overall Boston area, the colleges of Massachusetts, and all of the youth and millennials.
At the moment 500 people are needed to sign this petition to make the final decision of having the event or not, and we’re SO close. With already 415 people having signed it, it only needs 55 more to make this incredible dream a reality.
These festivals always consist of either up-and-coming artists or more well-known stars to perform for the collegiate demographic. What an amazing and memorable moment in our lives this would be!
The student who had created the petition wrote a description in support of the proposal:
“I want Boston University to host a spring fest concert for their students. Springfest appears to be a staple of the college years that Boston University is missing out on. I know all of my high school friends that went to other colleges or universities talk about their Springfests and I feel like I’m missing out on part of my college years. Having a [spring festival] concert can only help promote Boston University’s reputation and popularity with its attending and prospective students. Because Springfest promotes a sense of togetherness and community, I know plenty of BU students would be thrilled about a spring fest concert on our campus and would be happy to help plan or fundraise for it. Thank you for taking the time to consider this.”
Please, please, please, help us in our wish to make a change! You can visit the link HERE from Change.org to check out the petition and sign it as well! We would be truly grateful. Let’s bring BU to life this spring!
As long as you love me / We’re under pressure / Seven billion people in the world trying to fit in.
~”As Long As You Love Me”
Justin Bieber sang it once a long time ago, there is just too much pressure going on all over his love life, or lack there of. For the past few days, it seems like those billions of people are not showing a lot of love for the pop singer and causing a lot of unnecessary drama.
The Canadian-born artist deleted his Instagram account in retaliation to “fans” who were cruelly criticizing him at first for posting pictures with his supposed girlfriend Sofia Richie (Lionel Richie’s heir). His followers were leaving thousands of harsh comments about how terrible and heartless he was for posting such things, and that only infuriated Bieber. He then posted a picture with a caption that said, “I’m gonna make my Instagram private if you guys don’t stop the hate this is getting out of hand, if you guys are really fans you wouldn’t be so mean to people that I like.”
A valid response that fans didn’t seem to get. Instead they just told him to suck it up, delete the comments, or stop posting those images. Finally, all hell broke loose when his ex, Selena Gomez, even took shots at the Biebs. She commented, “If you can’t handle the hate then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol – it should be special between you two only. Don’t be mad at your fans. They love you.”
Well, that was completely random, Gomez. The heart might still want what it wants, huh Selena? Justin answered the songstress/actress back, “It’s funny to see people that used me for attention and still trying to point the finger this way. Sad. All love. I’m not one for anyone receiving hate.” Oh, Justin?
Gomez went for a swing: “Funny how the ones that cheated multiple times, are pointing the finger at the ones that were forgiving and supportive, no wonder fans are mad. Sad. All love.”
Is she saying the the “Boyfriend” vocalist cheated on her?! Well then watch this next move by Bieber when he comments back, “I cheated… Oh I forgot about You and Zayn?” Did she cheat? Did they both cheat? Were they even really a thing? Honestly, I could care less, people. Let them be…
Party is not over yet though. Next up? Hailey Baldwin, another one of Biebers’ past girlfriends, shows up to play the blame game, thickening this incredibly annoying plot. Baldwin and Bieber had dated before, but recently he unfollowed her on socials and then Sofia also unfollowed her. So clearly, something is up. This is just a terribly sorry version of Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.
After copious amounts of hate hitting Bieber from every angle of social media, he finally decided to end it all by deleting his Instagram account. Of course fans were even more enraged, but honestly, you all deserved it. When hearing this, Gomez then realized that she may have come on too strong and in a recent Snapchat story posted a blank black image with the statement: “What I said was selfish and pointless.” Guess she’s feeling a bit regretful now. Is it too late now to say sorry?
The 22-year old went from 77.8 million followers to 0, real fast. Even Drake wouldn’t be able to countdown for it. He’s also not only building a bad reputation for himself with this, but his burning a lot of bridges with people too. Baldwin was notably upset with him as well after seeing the social war, and decided to post her own thoughts. “Taking responsibility for actions,”“misplacing blame,” and attempting to “manipulate a situation to make yourself look better,” were only a few of the things the celebrity wrote for the Purpose artist.
She was clearly upset when Bieber and Richie unfollowed her because her final note of the night was this: “The truth will always come to light, so it’s better to just own it.”
What truth does she mean? Maybe we will never know, but what we do know is that Beliebers are finding the pop-star to be a little overbearing and overly emotional (during his tour, he snapped at an audience member who threw a hat for him mid-speech). Will his Instagram every see another filtered-day? Well, guess for that, we’ll just have to wait and see. Further References: Buzzfeed, Daily Mail