Tonight, the George Floyd Foundation will launch “A Monumental Change: The George Floyd Hologram Memorial Project.” The foundation is working with the family of George Floyd and Change.org to bring awareness to the Black Lives Matter movement. The project starts in Richmond, Virginia — the former capital of the Confederacy. Richmond is also where the movement saw a recent major victory with the removal of the monument to Jefferson Davis. As part of the project, a three-dimensional hologram of George Floyd will sit in its place. Watch this video to see a preview of the hologram and be inspired by its message then retweet to share with your friends.
Protesters in Richmond need your help. That’s why Aaron Brown started a petition to protect their rights as the movement for Black lives goes on. As he says in his petition, “We need your support to help us pressure lawmakers to stop criminalizing youth who are standing up in defense of our community.”Will you add your voice for Richmond protesters?
On September 28th, Sony Music’s Certified Classics will release Maxwell’s Embrya.
The release will include a 2-LP white vinyl package and a new 12-page booklet featuring unseen photos from the original Embrya photoshoot shot from Mario Smith.
The audio has been newly re-mastered by Maxwell and Stuart Matthewman, who has worked with Maxwell for over 20 years and who mixed and co-produced the album in 1998. Additionally, it has been re-sequenced, moving the original opening track to the end.
Embrya, originally released in 1998, reached #2 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #3 on the Billboard 200 and went Certified platinum. It also garnered Maxwell a GRAMMY Award nomination for best R&B album. The album continues to be an integral chapter in Maxwell’s career canon.
In more recent news, Maxwell will perform the National Anthem at the Opening Night Ceremony of 2018 US Open. The performance will take place at Arthur Ashe Stadium prior to the evening session on Monday, August 27th.
Additionally, Maxwell announced his upcoming “50 Intimate Nights Live” North American tour where he will be joining Marsha Ambrosius. The tour will kick off September 27th in Richmond, VA.
Check out a curated playlist of Maxwell’s top hits on Spotify here.
This is the newest teaser from the critically acclaimed Kansas City quartet’s upcoming debut album. They recently shared their single “17”.
Idolator wrote, “The Greeting Committee exudes youthful abandon on [their] shimmery new single.”
Stay tuned for more details soon.
Kicking off September 6 in Indianapolis, the band will join Jukebox The Ghost for upcoming North American tour dates. Amidst that run, they will also perform at WEQX PearlPalooza in Albany, NY on 9/15 alongside White Reaper, Superorganism, and KITTEN.
Full routing can be found below.
With their recent U.S. run, their energetic live show captured the attention of audiences across the country. After their Pittsburgh set, AXS wrote that The Greeting Committee “quickly won over the crowd with their energy and catchy songs.” Twin Cities Media praised, “If every band had the amount of energy that Addie had last night I would never have a complaint about a live show there’s no denying the power behind The Greeting Committee’s live shows”, while Music In Minnesota agreed, “The Greeting Committee put on one of the best performances from an opening act Iߣve ever seen in my life.”
Between high school classes in their native Kansas City, The Greeting Committee quietly stirred up a following with their 2015 debut EP It’s Not All That Bad, which caught the attention of Lazlo Geiger, a radio personality from 96.5 The Buzz. The lead single “Hands Down” impressively generated 10 million-plus streams as the band went on touring with the likes of MisterWives, Tennis, The Mowgli’s, Saint Motel, and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, as well as making a splash at Lollapalooza and SXSW. “17” is their first new release since their 2017 sophomore EP Meeting People Is Easy.
Photo credit: EILZABETH MIRANDA
The Greeting Committee are: Addie Sartino (vocals), Brandon Yangmi (guitar), Pierce Turcotte (bass), and Austin Fraser (drums).
THE GREETING COMMITTEE TOUR DATES WITH JUKEBOX THE GHOST:
9/6 • Indianapolis, IN @ HiFi
9/7 • Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
9/10 • Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
9/11 • Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
9/13 • Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
9/14 • Baltimore, MD @ Rama Head Live
9/15 • Albany, NY @ WEQX PearlPalooza*
9/17 • Toronto, ON @ Horseshow Tavern
9/19 • Syracuse, NY @ The Lost Horizon
9/20 • Pawtucket, RI @ The Met
9/21 • Holyoke, MA @ Gateway Arts
9/22 • Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
* not a Jukebox The Ghost date with White Reaper, Superorganism and KITTEN
Mixing A Unique Blend of Influences From Rock to Blues, Folk, and Hip-Hop – The Bands Unique Multi-Genre Approach Lends A New Perspective to Alternative Music
In a city often oversaturated with musicians of every genre constantly performing and creating, it takes a special group of artists to truly stand out amongst the crowd that produce a truly unique sound, and New York City’s All Types of Kinds truly live up to the namesake.
All Types of Kinds (or ATOK) plays a wide variety of music ranging from rock to pop, folk, punk, funk, hip-hop, blues, jazz, and country – even sometimes all at once. The members come from diverse backgrounds that make for an amalgamation of musical textures and vibes. Their EP, “Love Songs (Or Songs For Your Ex)” debuted on Valentine’s Day 2018 and they are currently gearing for dates all over the country.
The band consist of Ray Rubio (Guitar), Billy Conahan (Guitar), Berk 0 (Percussion), and Rocco Stroker (Guitar) – all of whom have unique musical backgrounds. Ray, 20, a multi genre artist and singer/songwriter, hails from Harlem NY and has also been on stage from young age, mainly theater productions. Ray attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2014, and since then has been performing his music in the New York Metro Area and Richmond, Virginia. Billy, 25, is a queens native whose been on the stage since his early teens as a stand-up comedian, singer/songwriter folk artist playing his own folk tunes as well as cover tunes. Berk O, singer and percussionist, is from Brooklyn and also contributes to the band’s songwriting process, while Rocco is the newest member of the band – playing bass, guitar and as an incredible vocalist. He hails from New Fairfield, Connecticut.
With the goal of becoming a full-time, self-sufficient, self-produced band, able to tour and create their own audio and video products on a regular basis, they plan to soon follow up their debut with a sophomore effort in late 2018. Unlike other bands who strive for major-label greatness, ATOK shys away from fitting into an industry mold, and often scoff at the idea of being referred to as a ‘boy band’.
Believers in finding a way to share their music while remaining firmly in the driver’s seat, they continue to write, practice, and enjoy playing their music for any crowd that will have them. Making friends from all over the world by busking on the NYC streets has even allowed them to meet and collaborate with like-minded musicians.
These recent “Your Big Break” contest winners who’ve been praised for their “polished precision, sweet harmony, musicianship, artistry, versatility and originality in their smart lyrics” are ready for the big time. That time is now.
Interscope rock band The Struts announce a fall North American headline tour today. Currently on the road supporting the Foo Fighters on their sold-out tour, including two shows earlier this week at Madison Square Garden in New York City, The Struts will kick off The Body Talks Tour September 21st at St Andrew’s in Detroit. White Reaper, Spirit Animal, The Wrecks and Thunderpussy support on various dates (see below for complete itinerary). Tickets for The Body Talks Tour go on sale Friday, July 20th. Visit thestruts.com for more info.
“Body Talks” is the new single from the acclaimed U.K. rock band and is the first song to be released from The Struts’ forthcoming album—the highly anticipated follow up to their 2016 debut, Everybody Wants.
The Struts have been on the road nonstop since their formation including worldwide headline shows, prestigious festival plays and support slots for The Rolling Stones, The Who, Guns N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe and The Killers. Most recently they sold out four nights at the legendary Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles. Formed in Derby, England in 2012, The Struts are Luke Spiller (lead singer), Adam Slack (guitar), Jed Elliott (bass) and Gethin Davies (drums).
At Bombing Science, we wanted to get a sense of what was going on with graffiti this summer and what better way to do that than to explore where people were using the #graffiti hashtag around the world. The world is popping full of colours and artists are making their mark in an expanding list of cities. Rather than pick cities at random, we pulled Instagram data over the summer to deliver to you the Top 99 instagrammable cities for graffiti as brought to you by instagrammers from around the world. It truly is a global experience not to be missed!
Most Instagramed Cities for Graffiti
After talking about it with the team, we decided that we would try and share an observation or two from the big list. Break it down a bit so people could see some of the trends in terms of their own countries or cities. While you see the top 10 chart above, we’ve commented on the top 25 cities across North America, Europe and South America (including Mexico). The 25 cities chose are reflected in the top 99 cities chart below.
In North America, we grouped US cities and Canadian cities together. There weren’t any surprises with New York City talking the top spot on the list in 2017. Followed up by Los Angeles (6), Miami (10), San Francisco (14th), Chicago (21) and sneaking into the last spot in the top 25 was Austin. In Canada, Toronto took the top spot and found itself 12th overall on the list. Followed up by Montreal (13) and no other Canadian cities in the top 25.
Reviewing the European cities showed us that Europe dominated the Top 25 this summer. England, Germany, Italy and Spain all had 2 cities. London took the top spot and 2nd overall on the list. Paris (3), Berlin (5), Barcelona (8), Reykjavik (9), Dusseldorf (11), Moscow (15), Madrid (16), Lisbon (17), Rome (18), Milan (19) and rounding out the European cities was Amsterdam (22).
South America and Mexico
Reviewing the South American Cities revealed that San Paulo (4) had top honours and was part of the top 10 cities. Next was Bogotá (7) and Rio de Janeiro (20) with Mexico City coming in (23) and Buenos Aires (24th) rounding out the list.
And now… the big list!
Can you find your city on the list?
Cities & Their Relationship to Graffiti
In cities around the world there are examples as to the positive impact of art and how it can be a positive influence on the wellbeing of the people that live in urban areas. What does that really mean? In exactly which ways does art have a positive influence on the wellbeing of cities? Graffiti as an emerging mainstream art form is helping to improve or revitalization depressed areas of cities that otherwise were considered dead zones, people are now traveling to cities they may not have considered traveling to in order to check out art destinations. Artists are finding new venues and outlets to express themselves and earn a living off of their work.
“Residents, tourists, and high-end boutiques, co-exist with graffiti vandalism in a relatively symbiotic fashion.”
– Gregory Snyder, author of Graffiti Lives on the NYC graffiti scene.
Placemaking and the role of graffiti
Looking closer to home, this type of placemaking is having an impact across the United States and Canada. The National Endowment for the Arts has tracked some of the results through their Exploring Our Town program. What emerges out of their research is that it’s not just the big cities that are turning a corner on their use of public space. Several of those project that had a street art/graffiti element were in small and mid-size cities including projects such as Downtown Pathways in El Paso, Texas, Grant Street Global Voice in Buffalo, Revitalizating Station North in Baltimore and The Whittier Neighbourhood Mural Project in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Each one of these project had a set of anticipated impacts and each reported positive unexpected impacts. Notably these projects brought communities together, increased foot traffic and investments ranging from new restaurants, new retail and new infrastructure spending.
In Canada, there are examples of partnerships that are forming around grafitti art including Toronto’s Graffiti Alley. It has support across non-profits including the laneways project, the city of Toronto’s Heritage Department and most recently was a featured project in the creation of the world’s longest instagram photo created by Toronto photographer Justin Poulsen in collaboration with Havas Worldwide Canada. Tunnel du Rouen is a one of the largest legal walls in Montreal. It’s a dynamic entry to the list in that the artists continually evolve the work that is done both on the wall of the tunnel and nearby. In Vancouver, a by product of their mural festival, there are ongoing activities and walking tours put on in collaboration with the the Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area with support from local city councillors. Some other cities are starting to recreate and bring back a graffiti culture that had existed in the mid-2000s such as what happened in London, Ontario. This summer – Over 20 local graffiti artists participated in a “graffiti wall jam” put on by Mitch Taylor, the owner of Leisure Surf and Social Club store. All of these efforts contribute to more people being involved in their communities and spending more money in their own cities to support local economies.
Many European cities are taking the lead, among them is Lisbon that has an official office for managing street art that has lead to the promotion of eco-tourism and walking tours. In Lisbon, the Bairro Alto area is one of the more popular places and highlighted by Bohemian Trails plus in an article by Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo aka BrooklynStreet.com. There are the free walls in the Poblenou neighbourhood in Barcelona. This is an area that was once really industrial and now and has now become revitalized and is a thriving go-to destination point in any visit to the city. Another great example is the European Cultural Capital city of Aarhus with a graffiti Facebook group of over 15,000. Others include Pigneto (Rome) and Berlin which will see the opening of the The Urban Nation Museum For Urban Contemporary Art.
Let’s really just pause for a moment to consider that we now even have graffiti hotels including “The Walled Off Hotel” created by Banksy in the Palestinian West Bank city of Bethlehem, We have graffiti installations at Art Basel Miami and festivals popping up in countries that we haven’t seen before such as India. The area in Mumbai known as the Lodhi Colony was turned into India’s first public art district. The 2nd edition of St+art India will be happening between October to December 2017. All of these efforts are contributing to the rise in the percentage of art in public spaces. Adding to this, a new book on street art by Ed Bartlett and published in spring 2017 by Lonely Planet. It’s no surprise that there are some of the top livable countries in 2017 with thriving graffiti communities including Germany, Netherlands, Iceland, United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Along with the cities that have the most posts for #grafitti, we also wanted to highlight the festivals that make it happen for a lot of these artists. More and more festivals are popping up around the world and each bring their own distinct take on graffiti or street art. In no particular order some of the top festivals in our mind include Upfest (Bristol), City Leaks (Cologne), The Crystal Ship (Ostend), Bloop (Ibiza) , Santurce es Ley (San Juan), Mural Project (Richmond, USA), Mural Festival and Under Pressure in Montréal, Mural Festival Vancouver, Art Basel Miami (off-events) and WonderWalls (Adelaide). They represent 1 million+ fans and 100s of graffiti artists with the top group of festivals having substantial indirect and direct financial benefits topping $5 million+ and counting.
One that really stands out for us is the POW!WOW! Festival series coming out of Hawaii. Founded by Justin Wong and the main event being held each February with the support of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. It’s gone from a simple show to offering educational opportunities with their mural art schools, gallery exhibitions, and most recently connecting with SXSW creating murals around Austin, Texas. In the future, the festival has plans to expand to cities and countries such as Taiwan, Long Beach, Israel, Singapore, Jamaica, Washington D.C., Guam, New Zealand, Germany and more.
The next step in the rise of #graffiti in the mainstream is the fact that brand names are now associating themselves with the festivals which brings in revenue and exposure for the artists. While some of the festivals were able to report attendance or revenue results back for 2016, many of them are just putting measurements in place and simply haven’t the time nor the resources given the logistics of managing artists, suppliers, sponsors and audiences. A lot of these festivals have completed their 2017 editions and already planning for 2018.
Our team made the decision to focus on the #graffiti hashtag and determined that Instagram would be the most appropriate social media platform given the obvious appeal to photography and visuals. Instagram as a platform now has over 700 million active users worldwide and so we took it upon ourselves to build out our own tool to collect specific data. The criteria was pretty simple – We set out to capture the hashtag info plus the geographical data during the summer of 2017.
Today, GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum artist Jon Bellion returns to the road for the third leg of The Human Condition Tour at the Skyline Stage at the Mann in Philadelphia, PA. His biggest headliner to date, the artist performs across North America at venues including The Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles on September 27 and Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on October 17. Tickets are on sale now, with several dates already sold out. See below for itinerary or visit www.TheHumanConditionTour.com.
This tour kickoff also follows the exciting news that his 2016 major label debut The Human Condition, which spent 46 weeks on the Billboard Top 200,has been RIAA certified Gold. The album’s first single, “All Time Low,” cemented Bellion as one of 2017’s hottest artists as it surpassed RIAA double-platinum status, peaked in the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100, and generated a staggering 220 million Spotify streams and counting as well as over 70 million views on the official music video. The Human Condition also boasts current single “Overwhelming,”which is continuing its steady climb at radio as Bellion hits the road.
There’s nobody quite like Bellion. Having amassed over 1.2 billion global streams to date, he’s artfully architected a hybrid of pop, rock, and rap that’s as undeniable as it is untouchable. This run will be fans’ last chance to see The Human Condition Tour – of his show in Pittsburgh, The Timeswrote, “Exuding boundless energy and a positive attitude with a side of social conscience, Jon Bellion seamlessly blended hip-hop, melodic pop and contemporary R&B vocals, making a case that he will be an artist with staying power.”
Check out Jon Bellion’s new single, “Overwhelming,” HERE.
Bellion got his start with a series of mixtapes featuring his original songs – all recorded in his parents’ basement. He built a remarkable following by sharing his music directly with listeners, giving away more than 200,000 free downloads of 2014’s The Definition and playing live for fans on two sold-out national tours. His songs have more than one billion streams collectively worldwide. Also a sought-after collaborator, Bellion co-wrote and produced “Trumpets” for Jason Derulo and co-wrote the GRAMMY® Award winning, 10x-Platinum hit “The Monster” for Eminem and Rihanna. He also contributed vocals to Zedd’s “Beautiful Now” and B.o.B’s “Violence.”
Jon Bellion – The Human Condition Tour Part III
9/8 Philadelphia, PA Skyline Stage at the Mann
9/9 Richmond, VA The National – SOLD OUT
9/10 Washington, DC Echostage
9/12 Raleigh, NC The Ritz – SOLD OUT
9/13 Atlanta, GA Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre
9/18 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
9/19 Dallas, TX South Side Ballroom
9/21 Austin, TX Stubb’s
9/22 Houston, TX Revention Music Center
9/24 Albuquerque, NM El Rey Theater
9/25 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
9/27 Los Angeles, CA Shrine Auditorium
9/28 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
9/29 San Francisco, CA The Armory
10/1 Seattle, WA The Paramount
10/2 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theatre – SOLD OUT
10/3 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom – SOLD OUT
10/4 Boise, ID Knitting Factory – SOLD OUT
10/6 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl
10/7 Salt Lake City, UT The Great Saltair – SOLD OUT
10/10 Broomfield, CO 1STBANK Center
10/11 Kansas City, MO Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
10/13 Minneapolis, MN Myth
10/16 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
10/17 Chicago, IL Aragorn Ballroom
10/19 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
10/20 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room
10/21 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room – SOLD OUT
10/23 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
10/24 Toronto, ON Rebel
10/26 Norfolk, VA The NorVA
10/29 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
10/30 Orlando, FL House of Blues – SOLD OUT
11/1 Miami, FL The Fillmore
11/2 Orlando, FL House of Blues
11/3 Columbia, SC Music Farm
11/6 Boston, MA Tsongas Center @ UMass Lowell
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