Twilight Concert Series Returns with Warpaint, Khalid, Eric Burdon & The Animals and More -- Free This Summer at the Santa Monica Pier

The Twilight Concert Series is Southern California’s largest free concert series and will return for its 33rd annual season at the iconic Santa Monica Pier on June 22, 2017. The all-ages concert series, co-produced by the Santa Monica Pier Corp. & RH&S Concerts, continues to soundtrack Thursday evenings in Southern California. The series kicks off on June 22 and goes through August 17—with a hiatus on July 6—and each concert will run from 7:00-10:00pm.

Known as one of the premier free concert series throughout the U.S., the annual genre-crossing line-up offers musical exploration to guests at one of the most iconic beaches in America. Each week, The Twilight Concert Series will include multiple acts and nod to a specific musical theme. This year’s line-up features:

 THE TWILIGHT CONCERT SERIES 2017

Presented By Snap Inc.

Thursday, June 22: Neo Soul / R&B

Khalid

Bibi Bourelly

Hosted by KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez

 

Thursday, June 29: Indie Pop

Lemaitre

Coast Modern

Hosted by KCRW DJ Valida

 

Thursday, July 13: Reggae

Marcia Griffiths

Jah9

Hosted by KCRW DJ Marion Hodges

 

Thursday, July 20: Rock

Eric Burdon & The Animals

Mr. Elevator

Hosted by KCRW DJ Gary Calamar

 

Thursday, July 27: Aussie Dance

Miami Horror

Cleopold

Hosted by KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox

 

Thursday, August 3: Americana

Valerie June

Irma Thomas

Hosted by KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd

 

Thursday, August 10: Latin

Mon Laferte

Buscabulla

Hosted by KCRW DJ Raul Campos

 

Thursday, August 17: Indie Rock / Alt

Warpaint

Performer TBA

Hosted by KCRW DJ Karene Daniel

     This year, Snap Inc, parent company of Snapchat, returns as the series’ title sponsor. The Los Angeles-based company is once again collaborating with The Pier to bring a myriad of immersive and hands-on experiences to The Twilight Concert Series for attendees of all ages to enjoy, including new carnival-style activities and a large-scale art installation by Snarkitecture.

     The Twilight Concert Series 2017 media partners include KCRW. The series is part of the station’s celebrated Summer Nights which features free, all-ages, outdoor shows throughout communities in the greater Los Angeles area and beyond.

     This year, the Pier has made a commitment to make getting to the concerts easier than ever. In addition to encouraging concert goers to take the Expo train line running from Union Station through West Los Angeles to Santa Monica, they will be adding an UBER/LYFT drop-off/pick-up zone at Olympic and Main, an extra bike valet on Ocean and Broadway and are developing maps to show all easy non-driving options like EXPO, Bus, Bike valets, Breeze Bikeshare & ridesharing locations available at HowToTwilight.com. Additionally, the Pier has a new campaign to reduce trash on the beach with Beach Trash Ambassadors reminding people to pack out what they pack in, make sure no glass gets buried in the sand, pick up stray items and show people the closest bin. 

     “Twilight is not only one of the last great free concert series but an annual exercise in community-building that reconnects families, friends and neighbors, which the City's own Wellbeing Survey found is one of the primary drivers of a happy community,” notes the Santa Monica Pier’s Executive Director S. Jay Farrand. “The emphasis on the diversity of genres, artists and eras in the lineup ensures a cross pollination of generations, backgrounds and income levels that makes it unique among festivals.”

JAY SOM Shares "One More Time, Please" Music Video

Bay Area-based artist Jay Som - a.k.a. multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer Melina Duterte - released her stunning break-out album Everybody Works earlier this year. The record debuted on the Billboard Independent Album and Heatseekers charts, and earned her a "Best New Music" review from Pitchfork, as well as international accolades from the likes of New York Times, The New Yorker, NPRRolling Stone and many more. Today, Duterte shares a music video for Everybody Works highlight "One More Time, Please."

Photo Credit: Ebru Yildiz

Photo Credit: Ebru Yildiz

We wanted to honor the heaviness of Melina’s lyrics by channeling the essence of madness many feel while attempting to live up to societal standards, behaviors or even personal obsessions. This madness can become mentally and physically enslaving. We follow the main character as she attempts to satisfy these standards/obsessions until she realizes her obsession with such is more of an internalized threat. This realization of her own obsessive state guides her to find her own peace of mind and acceptance of herself.
— Christopher Good and Andreina Byrne (Co-writers, directors and producers of "One More Time, Please")

 

Everybody Works is out now via Polyvinyl Records (N.A.)/Double Denim (EU/UK/Japan). Purchase on vinyl, CD, cassette or digitally HERE.

North American Tour Dates:

5/28/17 - The Gorge, WA @ Sasquatch Festival
6/3/17 - Nelsonville, OH @ Nelsonville Music Festival
6/6/17 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
6/8/17 - Brooklyn, NY @ Northside Festival w/ Dirty Projectors, Kamasi Washington
6/9/17 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
6/11/17 - Chicago, IL @ Green Music Fest
6/17/17 - San Francisco, CA @ Phono Del Sol Festival
7/29/17 - Detroit, MI @ MO POP Festival
8/3+4/17 - Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon Festival

9/9/17 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
9/10/17 - Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
9/11/17 - Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge
9/13/17 - Milwaukee, WI @ Colectivo Back Room
9/14/17 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
9/16/17 - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
9/19/17 - Boston, MA @ Sinclair
9/22/17 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
9/23/17 - Washington D.C. @ Rock & Roll Hotel
9/24/17 - Raleigh/Durham, NC @ Local 506
9/25/17 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
9/27/17 - Austin, TX @ Sidewinder
9/29/17 - Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
9/30/17 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

 

SOCCER MOMMY Shares New Song via NPR, Announces Mini-Album out 8/4 on Fat Possum

Soccer Mommy - the project of nineteen-year-old Nashville native, NYU student and musical wunderkind Sophie Allison - has built a reputation as an incredibly exciting DIY artist, recording her own songs and releasing them for free on Bandcamp over the last few years. Today, Soccer Mommy announces that she has signed withFat Possum Records and will release a mini-album entitled Collection on August 4th. Comprising of reworked versions of some of her best Bandcamp releases, as well as a few new songs written, mixed and produced by Sophie herself, Collection is the perfect introduction to Soccer Mommy's sound: quietly catchy, surprisingly confrontational, the kind of music that sneaks up on you and makes a permanent first impression. Pre-order Collection HERE.

Listen to the first new song "Out Worn" - a relatable, anthemic and overall searing takedown of the desire for male validation - via NPR's Songs We Love HERE.

Photo Credit: Ebru Yildiz

Photo Credit: Ebru Yildiz

The songs on Collection portray an artist fully-formed, mature far beyond her age. Sophie sings of toxic relationships, infatuations, and all the experiences of being a teenage girl. There's a freedom and a joy to this music, and Collection stands as an excellent introduction to a powerful new voice. Critics may decry the end of guitar music, same as they have for over thirty years. The fact remains that as long as records like Collection exist, there will be no shortage of young artists bashing their hearts out on guitars for years to come. These perfect pop gems have power, and Collection is destined to be a favorite record.

Track listing:

1. Allison

2. Try

3. Death By Chocolate

4. Out Worn

5. 3am At A Party

6. Inside Out

7. Benadryl Dreams

8. Waiting For Cars

Thundercat Announces Extensive North American Headline Tour; 'Drunk' Out Now

Thundercat released his critically acclaimed third full length album Drunk earlier this year on Brainfeeder Records. Since announcing the album in January with the single “Show You The Way” featuring Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins, Thundercat has played shows across the world including a sold out North American winter tour, sold out shows across Europe and Japan, and festivals including Coachella.

Today, Thundercat announced a headline North American tour in addition to his previously announced appearances at festivals including FYF Fest in Los Angeles and Afropunk in New York City. All newly announced North American headline shows will be on sale to the general public this Friday, May 19 at 10am local time, except for the Brooklyn, NY show which will go on sale at 12pm ET. For ticket information, visit http://brainfeeder.net/thundercat.

THUNDERCAT TOUR DATES

05/29 Detroit, MI - Movement Electronic Music Fest

06/03 Philadelphia, PA - The Roots Picnic

06/05 Toronto, ON - Field Trip

06/17 Barcelona, Spain - Sonar Festival

06/18 Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands - Best Kept Secret

06/20 Warsaw, Poland - Brainfeeder presents @ Progresja

06/22 Vienna, Austria - Brainfeeder Presents @ Arena Open Air

06/24 Glastonbury, UK – Glastonbury Festival

06/25 Chicago, IL - Mamby On The Beach

07/14 Berkeley, CA  - The Greek Theatre * w/ Beck

07/16 Pemberton, BC - Pemberton Music Festival

07/21 Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party

07/22 Los Angeles, CA  - FYF Festival

07/23 London, UK - Afropunk

07/30 Yuzawa, Japan - Fuji Rock

08/11 San Francisco - Outside Lands Festival

08/26 Brooklyn, NY - Afropunk Festival

08/30 Tuscon, AZ - Club Congress

08/31 Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren

09/02 Pomona, CA - The Glass House

09/05 Arcata, CA - Humboldt State Universtiy

09/06 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom

09/11 Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory

09/12 Boise, ID - Knitting Factory

09/14 Denver, CO - The Ogden

09/15 Mishawaka, CO - Mishawaka Amphitheatre

09/16 Omaha, NE - The Slowdown

09/17 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue

09/19 Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre

09/20 Lawrence, KS  - The Granada Theatre

09/21 Champaign, IL - Pygmalion @ Krannert Center

09/25 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club

09/29 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

09/30 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel

10/03 Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel

10/04 Columbia, SC - Music Farm

10/06 New Orleans, LA  - Tipitina’s

10/07 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits

10/08 Baton Rouge, LA - The Varsity Theatre

10/10 Orlando, FL - The Beacham Theatre

10/13 Miami, FL - III Points Festival

11/14 Glasgow, UK - ABC

11/15 Manchester, UK - Albert Hall

11/16 London, UK - Shepherd's Bush Empire

11/17 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso

11/19 Antwerp, Belgium - Roma

11/21 Paris, France - Elysee Montmartre

Solange Adds Second Guggenheim Show; Gucci Mane & Zaytoven Piano Nights Streams Tonight || RBMA NYC

As part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York, Piano Nights: Gucci Mane and Zaytoven will bring the rapper-producer duo of Gucci Mane and Zaytoven together again to deliver throwback piano bar renditions of some of their most famous tunes—voice  (Gucci) and piano (Zay). Fans around the globe can experience the intimate concert live in its entirety tonight, May 16 at 9pm ET via Red Bull Music & Culture’s YouTube channel, and can watch it on demand for 30 days. Tune in here: https://youtu.be/87g_B1LUjiw

From April 29 to May 21, 2017, Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York will feature performances by some of today’s most impactful musical artists, tributes to iconic NYC musicians and their scenes, conversations with creative trailblazers and celebrations of various international influences on the city’s nightlife. The shows will unfold at some of NYC’s most unique venues, ranging from prestigious institutions like the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art to outdoor locations and uncharted spaces completely reconfigured for the occasion. For the full festival line-up, ticket info and more, visit: https://nyc.redbullmusicacademy.com.

The month long music series Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York heads into the final week of the 2017 installment and today, Red Bull Music Academy and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum announced a second performance of Solange: An Ode To. Tickets for the originally announced show sold out immediately and will take place this Thursday, May 18 at 6:30pm. The second show will take place at the museum at 3pm on the same day. Tickets for the 3pm show can be purchased at 12pm ET today, May 16 via https://nyc.redbullmusicacademy.com/events/solange-an-ode-to.

With the 2016 release of A Seat at the Table, Solange Knowles earned widespread commercial and critical acclaim—a long-awaited coronation for one of R&B’s most inspiring talents. Undeniably intense, politically galvanizing, and sonically beautiful, the album is a document of personal and universal struggle, with Solange’s vocals and lyrical perspective matched by peerless funk, soul, and R&B backing. Now Solange adds to this triumph with An Ode To, an interdisciplinary performance piece and meditation on themes from A Seat at the Table that incorporates movement, installation, and experimentally reconstructed musical arrangements. Presented in the museum’s iconic rotunda as part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York 2017, An Ode Toshowcases familiar and reimaginedversions of songs from A Seat at the Table and continues the Guggenheim’s rich program of groundbreaking performances.