X AMBASSADORS ARE BRINGING A MUSIC FESTIVAL TO THEIR HOMETOWN

By Taylor W.

Before X Ambassadors were creating hits like “Renegades” and “Unsteady,” the Ithaca, New York-bred group spent their time traveling to cities outside their hometown — because the artists they wanted to see in concert would never stop by their hometown.

So, 11 years after leaving Ithaca and achieving their own dreams of becoming a successful rock band, the X Ambassadors guys are making sure their hometown isn’t always forgotten. Behold, the inaugural Cayuga Sound Festival, which will not only bring some great acts to their hometown, but will also benefit local nonprofits in the city.

The Cayuga Sound Festival will take place in Ithaca, New York, on Sept. 22 and 23.

“When we were kids growing up in Ithaca, it was always so exciting to hear when musicians we loved were coming to tour through our town. It always felt so special — like they’d decided to come play just for us,” the band wrote in an Instagram announcing the fest. “We’re bringing that noise back to where it all started. @cayugasound is the music festival we dreamed of as kids in Ithaca. Eclectic, cutting edge, and daring musicians from all over the world, all sharing the stage together.”

Taking place on Sept. 22 and 23 in Ithaca’s Stewart Park, X Ambassadors and The Roots will serve as headliners for the inaugural festival. Also taking part in Cayuga Sound’s first year are K. Flay, The Knocks, Tei Shi, Margaret Glaspy, Jukebox the Ghost and more. Some of the nonprofits that will receive part of the festival proceeds are Friends of Stewart Park, the Ithaca Youth Bureau, GIAC, Planned Parenthood Ithaca, Community School of Music & Arts and more to be announced.

Performances will take place on two stages in Stewart Park, with after parties and other events happening throughout the city all weekend. For more information, visit the festival’s official website.

ANN WILSON OF HEART ROCKS THE MARYLAND HALL STAGE

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ann Wilson of the famed Heart hit the stage at Maryland Hall last night and didn’t disappoint.

The mega soprano belted out Heart classics, covers and originals. Normally we see Ann performing with her equally talented sister, Nancy Wilson, as Heart, thrilling hundreds of thousands of concert fans.

Even though I LOVE HEART, it was really refreshing to see Ann and her band perform the hits with a different take on them. I feel this tour is giving Ann a chance to stretch out as a singer and explore new traveled musical ground.

Next stop for the band is Wednesday at the Birchmere in Alexandria,VA. If your a fan of Heart, Ann or just good ole’ rock and roll, this is the show to catch!!

RAEKWON WANTS YOU TO “FEEL” HIS NEW ALBUM WITH IMMERSIVE SUBPAC BACKPACK

Raekwon is the latest artist to partner with SubPac, the company that aims to simulate a club experience at home with its wearable sub bass backpack, on an ultra-limited edition of his new album The Wild.

Subpac have made 15 backpacks adorned with the Wu-Tang rapper’s image which they will hand-deliver to select fans.

“The sonic and lyrical impact of Raekwon’s music will now be felt throughout the body,” said SubPac’s co-founder John Alexiou in a press release.

Take a look at the backpack below and look for a non-wearable version of The Wild on March 24. Learn more about Subpac on their website.

SKEPTA ANNOUNCES THE “BANNED FROM AMERICA” TOUR

The Banned From America tour will kick off with a performance at the 2017 Coachella Festival on April 16. Skepta is set to follow that up with a few more shows in the U.S. and Canada before taking a break in May. The tour will resume on June 4 with Skepta’s gig at this year’s Governors Ball in New York. Skepta is scheduled for a few more shows in June before wrapping things up at the 2017 Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee.

Check out all of the dates for Skepta’s tour below. You can purchase tickets through the “No Security” rapper’s official site.

April 16 – Indio, Calif. – Coachella
April 17 – Los Angeles, Calif. – Fonda Theatre
April 18 – Vancouver, B.C. – Vogue
April 19 – Seattle, Wash. – Neumos
April 20 – San Francisco, Calif. – 1015 Folsom
April 23 – Indio, Calif. – Coachella
April 24 – Chicago, Ill. – Concord
April 26 – Toronto, Ont. – Rebel
April 27 – Montreal, Que. – Olympia
June 4 – New York, N.Y. – Governors Ball
June 5 – Washington, D.C. – Fillmore
June 6 – Philadelphia, Pa. – TLA
June 7 – TBA
June 11 – Manchester, Tenn. – Bonnaroo

‘A SCANNER DARKLY’ SOUNDTRACK GETS VINYL RELEASE DATE

Richard Linklater’s controversial animated interpretation of Philip K Dick’s A Scanner Darkly was released back in 2006, and now its soundtrack – by Graham Reynolds – is finally being released on vinyl.

Reynolds’ original score features the Golden Arm Trio and was originally released by Lakeshore Records on CD. Fire has teamed up with Lakeshore for this special marbled vinyl edition and it’s set for release on August 4.

You can pre-order the soundtrack now, and check out the tracklist below.

Vinyl Tracklist:

01 ‘7 Years From Now’
02 ‘Aphids’
03 ‘Swallowed Up In Victory’
04 ‘Strawberry Pie’
05 ‘The Dark World Where I Dwell’
06 ‘Sex, Beer And Pills’
07 ‘A Farm Near The Mountains’
08 ‘Bug-Bite Squared’
09 ‘Pose As A Nark’
10 ‘Do You Like Cats?’
11 ‘A Scanner Darkly’
12 ‘Abrasocaine’
13 ‘Part Of The Plan’
14 ‘Are You Experiencing Any Difficulties?’
15 ‘Your Move, Peterbilt’
16 ‘Room 203’
17 ‘Escorted To The Bright Lights’
18 ‘You’ll See The Way You Saw Before’
19 ‘A New Path’
20 ‘Little Blue Flowers’
21 ‘Darkly Mix’
22 ‘Call Sign/Aleph:/’

ED SHEERAN ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES

Ed will be coming back to North America to play 48 dates starting this Summer. Tickets on general sale Friday 17th March.

June 29 || Kansas City, MO || Sprint Center
June 30 || Des Moines, IA || Wells Fargo Arena
July 1 || St. Paul, MN || Xcel Energy Center
July 7 || Toronto, ON || Air Canada Centre
July 9 || Buffalo, NY || KeyBank Center
July 11 || Philadelphia, PA || Wells Fargo Center
July 14 || Uncasville, CT || Mohegan Sun Arena
July 15 || Uncasville, CT || Mohegan Sun Arena
July 18 || Quebec City, QC || Videotron Centre
July 19 || Montreal, QC || Bell Centre
July 22 || Winnipeg, MB || MTS Centre
July 23 || Saskatoon, SK || SaskTel Centre
July 25 || Edmonton, AB || Rogers Place
July 28 || Vancouver, BC || Rogers Arena
July 29 || Tacoma, WA || Tacoma Dome
July 30 || Portland, OR || Mode Center
August 1 || Sacramento, CA || Golden 1 Center
August 2 || Oakland, CA || Oracle Arena
August 4 || Las Vegas, NV || T-Mobile Arena
August 5 || Glendale, AZ || Gila River Arena
August 6 || San Diego, CA || Valley View Casino Center
August 10 || Los Angeles, CA || Staples Center
August 15 || Denver, CO || Pepsi Center
August 17 || Tulsa, OK || BOK Center
August 18 || Dallas, TX || American Airlines Center
August 19 || Houston, TX || Toyota Center
August 22 || San Antonio, TX || AT&T Center
August 25 || Duluth, GA || Infinite Energy Center

August 29 || Tampa, FL || Amalie Center
August 30 || Miami, FL || American Airlines Arena
August 31 || Orlando, FL || Amway Center
September 2 || Raleigh, NC || PNC Arena
September 3 || Charlotte, NC || Spectrum Center
September 5 || Charleston, SC || North Charleston Center
September 7 || Louisville, KY || KFC YUM! Center
September 8 || Indianapolis, IN || Bankers Life Fieldhouse
September 9 || Cleveland, OH || Quicken Loans Arena
September 12 || Omaha, NE || CenturyLink Center
September 15 || Chicago, IL || Allstate Arena
September 17 || St. Louis, MO || Scottrade Center
September 19 || Washington, DC || Verizon Center
September 22 || Boston, MA || TD Garden
September 26 || Pittsburgh, PA || PPG Paints Arena
September 27 || Detroit, MI || Little Caesars Arena
September 29 || Brooklyn, NY || Barclays Center
September 30 || Brooklyn, NY || Barclays Center
October 3 || Columbus, OH || Nationwide Arena
October 6 || Nashville, TN || Bridgestone Arena 

RUFF RYDERS 20TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION SHOW IN BROOKLYN

DMX, Swizz Beatz, The Lox, and the rest of Ruff Ryders will reunite on April 21st at the Barclays Center.

The Ruff Ryders are getting back together.The official Ruff Ryders website has announced that the original Ruff Ryder line-up — DMX, Eve, Swizz, The LOX, and Drag-On — will perform at a 20th anniversary concert on April 21st at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. If last year’s Bad Boy reunion concert at Barclays is any indication, three will be plenty of high-profile surprise guests.Tickets on sale now at here .

OSHEAGA MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINEUP

The 2017 Osheaga Music And Arts Festival will be take place at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal on August 4 – 6. Presented by Virgin Mobile, the lineup for 12th installment of the Canadian festival has been confirmed.

Topping the Osheaga lineup are headliners The Weeknd, Muse and Lorde. Other acts appearing at the festival will be Alabama Shakes, BadBadNotGood, Broken Social Scene, Dawes, Father John Misty, Foxygen, GRiZ, Justice, MGMT, Solange, Strand of Oaks, Temples, The Shins and many more.

Information regarding purchasing passes and other event details is available at the official Osheaga website.