Category: Music


Radiant Baby on the Come Up in Montreal’s Mile End District

The Mile End is a Montreal neighbourhood known for it’s blossoming artistic community. Even if you’ve never been to the Canadian city, you probably know it more than you think! Do you like Grimes, Mac Demarco or Majical Cloudz? They’re all musicians issued from that fertile scene.

Among the latest breakout acts of the Mile End is Radiant Baby, a franco-canadian making electro pop reminiscent of famous 80s acts like Depeche Mode, while having the modern bite of festival acts like Chvrches.

This week, Radiant Baby celebrates his recent signature to Lisbon Lux Records with the release of Gloss And Love, an euphoric single questioning gender binary

Following the success of his self-released single You Can Dance, Radiant Baby celebrates his recent signature to Lisbon Lux Records (Beat Market, Paupière, Le Couleur) with the release of his new single, Gloss And Love.

Inspired by the notion of duality and a questioning of gender binary, Gloss And Love is the perfect embodiment of the artist mind-boggling visuals. Somewhere between Grimes and Chvrches, the party anthem features Radiant Baby’s knack for glamorous vocals and flashy analog synths. A positively entrancing mix of 80s sensibility and modern aesthetics ready to set the dance floor ablaze!

Gloss And Love is the first single of an upcoming album slated for 2017

Radiant Baby online





End of the World

If you want to see , experience and feel what the future of Music will be like then you need to play a few songs by Japanese Theatrical Band, The End of the World.

SEKAI NO OWARI (or End of the World) played to a sell out crowd at the Hollywood Roxy the other night and I was fortunate enough to be invited.
Prior to the show I had listened to a few songs by End of the World and even had done a few features on Coming Up, but nothing would have prepared me for what turned out to be one of the most amazing shows I have been to all year.

This was the first show in the USA for SEKAI NO OWARI and no one knew what to expect since most of their songs are in Japanese and tailored around a Japanese audience. But what transpired was a beautiful presentation of some of their, in my opinion, best tracks including Anti-Hero, Mr. Heartache, Death Disco and my personal favorite Dragon Night.


In all the band played nine of their songs and were somehow able to capture the unique nuances of their recorded music that demonstrated just how truly talented this up and coming band really is.

Sure their English was not the best but that for me added to the uniqueness. To actually hear them sing their songs in English was beautiful as their attempt to communicate with audience in their broken English moved them from a highly produced performance act to humble artist who wanted nothing more than to connect with their audience and demonstrate their personal warmth and love for music and their fans.

Technically the band played flawlessly. The core band members were flanked by two additional members – one playing drums and the other playing electric and stand-up bass . These two additional musicians were wearing tapir masks – or even possibly alien head costumes which immediately made the show other worldly from the moment they took to the stage.

In all it was a fantastically rich show and I am so moved by the bands desire to broaden their fan base to include America. They may likely be the first J-Pop band that succeeds in the US and I would not be surprised if the next time they are here they are playing to sell out crowds at the Staple center or other larger arenas. They are that good.

Thank you SEKAI NO OWARI. Your music is spiritual and big enough to touch the world in ways perhaps you never expected.


Ash of Eden

From Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Ash of Eden

Hailing from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Coming Up metal band Ash of Eden was first born in 2009 as a project created by our vocalist Alex Rivers and guitarist Jsmoke.

As a young band, Ash of Eden struggled with the typical issues that many bands have, and went through many other musicians in thier search for the right team. They fell into a brief hiatus in 2012 and re-emerged in 2014 with the addition of drummer J.W., and hit the scene hard with or without a bassist as they cycled through musicians. They found the last member of the team in early 2016 with the addition of bassist Mike, who added his stylings to Ash of Edens already unique metal sound. Finally whole, Ash of Eden has been on a rampage through AL and neighboring states, playing in front of many varied audiences, and is ready to come rock your town!

Currently recording tracks for our upcoming album “Lost Souls” and about to premier the first single “Magic No More” along with a music video soon.

Next year they have a 2 week tour planned in June that’s currently getting routed.

Upcoming shows:
August 5th – Zydeco – Birmingham, AL

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Marc Iacona and John Nugent, Producers of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival has grown from its start in 2002  — a three-day event that drew 15,000 people. Fifteen years later, we now present nine days of jazz that attracts almost 200,000 people to Rochester, New York.

Marc Iacona and John Nugent

“The arts play a vital role in all parts of our economy, and our health.” – Marc Iacona and John Nugent,producers of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

We’re often asked how we built and sustained what has grown to become one of the leading jazz festivals in the world.

When you make the artistic side work, the business side works too. There’s no one way to do it, but what we have put together works, and people want to come.

Great work, hard work: From the beginning, our goal has been to consistently be the best at what we do. We work hard to be relevant and provide a consistent professional artistic product that enhances the quality of life with in our community.

Art and value: Some of the elements that have been key to our success are the combination of styles and genres that go into the artistic product: The diversity, the international element, combining past elements with new elements and determining what music works for which venue. We are the only jazz festival in the country that focuses on British, Scandinavian and Canadian artists. And our Club Pass enables people to sample a lot of music for a low price.

Feature our community: We are fortunate to produce the festival in a great city. This location, with the serendipity of the venues, people walking from street to street, taking the shuttle, stopping for traffic, makes the festival work.

We create a focus on Rochester for nine days that elevates Rochester in the community, in New York state and throughout the country. As a result, the festival has become a leading contributor to the visibility that Rochester gets.

More venues: Our growth has evolved through the addition of more venues, higher attendance and an increase in sponsor support, which has enabled us to add new stages, and attract bigger name artists, which in turn draw bigger crowds.

Loyal sponsors: Running a multi-venue, multi-day, multi-genre festival, simply could not be done without our sponsorsand their staying power and loyalty.

We have built a top-ranked and rated event that companies and organizations want to associate with and sponsor. They do it for community support, brand opportunities, customer development, as well as quality of life for employees and the community. Their support and association with the festival over a long period of time has been important to the event’s stability.

Our association with Xerox, has helped propel us to a different level of programming and the experience that festival-goers enjoy. Xerox activates its sponsorship with relevant and innovative technologies  in addition to business services.

Easy access: Rochester’s footprint is another contributor to our success. The beauty of our city is its accessibility. People can get to and from multiple venues easily.

Strong relationships: From the beginning, we forged a strong relationship with the renowned Eastman School of Music, which is at the epicenter of the festival, and has multiple venues in close proximity to each other.

Although we are in business, making a positive difference artistically and educationally is important, and has also been a factor in our success. We want to help sustain this art form of jazz, which has influenced the rest of the world. Our commitment to youth, and scholarships to Eastman School, help educate and inspire the next generation. In addition, we feature young musicians from the region in the festival, which may give them a spark and purpose that might turn into a career. That pays it forward.

Keep promises: We continue to strive for consistency of the product, delivering on what we promise, being as good or better, looking for satisfied patrons, and wanting people to feel good about their investment. An example of that confidence is that thousands of people buy club passes before our lineup is announced, because they trust us to deliver a great festival.

Festivals often have a lot of turnover, but ours is very stable.

One of the reasons is that we care for those we work with: the artists, and those to whom we outsource services.

Passion and vision make a difference

Our vision is to continue to be a vital part of the community and align ourselves with those who share our passion. The arts play a vital role in all parts of our economy, and our health. We see it in the faces of people enjoying the festival.

It’s not out of reach for any individual to make a positive difference in our personal lives, business lives and community. It comes down to having a passion, and having a vision. Once you identify that, then make a decision that you’re going to do it no matter what.

When you have that attitude, you know you will have roadblocks, but you have made the commitment.  And that’s what drives us.

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Be Somebody- Share this New Music Video “Our Time” From Positive Hip Hop Artist “Ahmen”

“Music and art inspire us. They can move us to tears. They should move us to action. This is Troublemaker hip-hop”. Ahmen

They say it’s far harder to frown than it is to smile and we are dam convinced it’s a hell of a lot harder to write music and and poetry with a positive message than a negative one – especially in light of current events. That said, positive hip hop artist Ahmen must be one of the strongest men to come up on the music scene in quiet a while.  The track and new music video “Our Time,” offers an inspirational message of hope that people, when united, can work together to solve racial and social conflict in modern America.

The song is rich in lyrics and deep in meaning and  is beautifully choreographed with  between Ahmen and powerful background singer Jos J who’s choruses and hooks compel the hardest of listeners to  believe in the power of  love and unity.

“Our Time” features is the first single from Ahmen’s forthcoming album, due out later this summer.

Please share this song with your friends and family and do your part in stopping the violence.

#besomebody #troublemaker