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XXXTENTACION Previews Uber Depressing Themes For Upcoming "17" Album

XXXTENTACION announced his forthcoming debut album, 17, last week after claiming he was going to “disappear.” The Florida wild card was presumably working on the project and needed some time to finalize it. In a clip posted to social media late Wednesday (August 2), X previewed a little bit the album, which is intended to help those who suffer from depression.

By the sound the two clips, X has busted out the acoustic guitar and melodic singing — not bars.

The album comes after a string wild concert dates on his Revenge Tour that saw X get knocked out onstage in San Diego and left a 19-year-old concertgoer stabbed. He eventually wound up canceling the remainder the tour after X learned his cousin had been shot.

17 is expected to arrive on August 25.  Check out the teaser clips above courtesy DJ Akademiks.

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5 undercard acts to catch at Panorama Festival – Dancing Astronaut

Goldenvoice’s Panorama Festival has been billed as “the East Coast Coachella,” and with a lineup including the likes Frank Ocean, Tame Impala, and Nine Inch Nails, it’s hard to dispute the notion. The three-day event, which returns next weekend, first arrived in New York in 2016, fering a for its inaugural stint on Randall’s Island.

Ahead Panorama’s second edition, we’ve compiled five undercards to catch at the festival. Rather than point out the obvious — as in not missing one Tame Impala’s final performances 2017 or skipping the psychoacoustic circus that is Nicolas Jaar — we’ve opted to highlight five lesser known acts that should be on your radar next weekend.

Panorama Festival takes place July 28-30 on Randall’s Island Park. Tickets are available .

1. Motor City Drum Ensemble

Danilo Plessow is one the more consistently celebrated talents the underground. One the few remaining vinyl-only DJs at his level, Plessow, under his beloved moniker Motor City Drum Ensemble, has become a bastion sorts for the true art DJing. Just as liable to throw down some old school disco as he is some ripping house music, Motor City Drum Ensemble is a surefire thrill behind the decks every time he takes the stage.

2. THEY.

Since launching in 2015 with their debut album Nü Religion, enigmatic R&B duo THEY. have caused quite a stir in the industry. Combining elements hip hop, rock, and electronic music, their sound is hard to pin down. If there’s one pervading element: it’s a fierce drive to lift genre preconceptions on their head. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the pair are backed by boutique label powerhouse, Mind a Genius, the same imprint that calls artists like Zhu and Gallant its home.

3. S U R V I V E

Fans Stranger Things will receive a special treat on Saturday with a rare performance from S U R V I V E, the highly celebrated composers behind Netflix’s hit sci fi series. Whether you’re a fan the show or not, S U R V I V E are worth checking out purely to witness the magic the self-described “experimental synth quartet.” Expect eerie ‘80s sound design, creepy melodies, and hypnotizing live synth jams.

4. DJ Shadow

A chance to see DJ Shadow should never be passed up. One the greatest turntablists all time, not to mention one the more forward-thinking producers the day, DJ Shadow has consistently proven a veritable innovator in the field. Still buzzing f the release his fifth studio album, The Mountain Will Fall, which topped Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Albums chart upon release, DJ Shadow is a must for fans trip hop, bass music, or turntablism in general.

5. Derrick Carter

The true soul house music will be well-represented at Panorama Festival thanks to veterans like Derrick Carter and Omar-S. The former, a long-standing Chicago legend, and the latter, one Detroit’s more contemporary stars, will hold down the festival’s new dedicated underground state, The Point. Carter in particular, what with his over two-decade career in the industry, will be a much appreciated treat for house-heads and techno enthusiasts alike.

5 undercard acts to catch at Panorama Festival - Dancing Astronaut
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Watch This: Kygo & Ellie Goulding perform acoustic verison of 'First Time' at the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge – Dancing Astronaut

’s latest monster collaboration with , “First Time,” has been received warmly by the global dance music community, racking up over 9 million views in just over a week, continuing Kygo’s strong run singles which include “” with and “.”

Recently, Kygo and Ellie Goulding took to the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge to deliver a soulful, acoustic performance their hit single, which features the Norwegian on the piano, Goulding on the lead vocals and a plethora supporting musicians.

Interestingly, the duo also dropped an acoustic rendition ’ chart topping song “Sign Of The Times,” from his eponymous debut solo album.


Watch This: Kygo & Ellie Goulding perform acoustic verison  'First Time' at the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge - Dancing Astronaut
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Lindsey Stirling beats The Chainsmokers in Billboard's best dance/electronic album of the year

were nominated for 16 Music Awards, and took home four titles over the weekend including Top Dance/Electronic Artist, Top Single, Top Collaboration, and Top Dance/Electronic Music song.

However, when it came down to the award for Top Dance/Electronic Album (a category in which both their Collage and Bouquet EPs were nominated), American violinist and producer  beat out the duo, as well as Flume and Kygo.

At the awards ceremony, The Chainsmokers played an acoustic performance “Young,” the penultimate song f their debut album, Memories… Do Not Open. Watch Alex and Drew’s pyrotechnic-assisted performance below:

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DX Digest: Gucci Mane & Zaytoven Take Us To Church & Frank Ocean's "Biking (Solo)" Gets Official Release

Thursday morning’s edition the DX Digest highlights two forefathers present-day Atlanta’s music scene, Gucci Mane and Zaytoven. This week, New York City was host to a special live acoustic performance by the duo at Red Bull Music Academy. And there’s no hyperbole when we say this is what greatness looks and sounds like. Zaytoven took the audience the church on the keys as Guwop delivered a sermon laden with his trap parables. See the footage below, along with a CDQ version Frank Ocean’s “Biking (Solo),” a new visual for Big Boi’s record with Adam Levine and more.

Gucci Mane and Zaytoven Perform Acoustic Set At RBMA Festival New York

This might deserve tears. Gucci Mane and producer Zaytoven have been a winning combination for over 10 years, and it showed last night during the Red Bull Music Academy Festival in New York City. There, the producer/rapper team performed an acoustic set, with Guwop manning the microphone and Zaytoven maneuvering the piano keys as they ran through the former’s catalog.

Frank OceAN – “Biking (Solo)”

Episode 6 Frank Ocean’s blonded RADIO brought listeners plenty new material by and featuring the singer-songwriter. That includes this solo version “Biking,” a catchy song that originally featured Jay Z. It appears that Franky sees a future for this gem, as he adds it to the major streaming platforms.

Big Boi ft. Adam Levine – “Mic Jack”

Big Boi ficially announced that his third studio album Boomiverse releases on June 16. With that news came a visual for his Adam Levine-assisted tune “Mic Jack.” The Maroon 5 frontman doesn’t give the best customer service in the clip. However, he’s more than capable crooning the smooth hook. Separately, Big Boi’s mink is so cold that he takes it to outer space.

Brockhampton – “Heat”

Self-proclamation is big in rap, so we can understand why a rising group like Brockhampton calling themselves an “ALL AMERICAN BOY BAND” would inspire a deep sigh. Fortunately, the crew can back their claim with music, as proven in their new visual for “Heat.” Produced by Romil and Jabari, the abrasive tune finds Ameer Vann, Merlyn Wood, Dom McLennon, Joba, and Matt Champion trading verses. And yes, the track is as glorious as the Kevin Abstract-directed clip is striking.

Conway – “ConWay Not Humble!”

Jay Worthy f. Sha Hef – “Stepping Out”

It’s a crime that more MCs don’t commission The Alchemist to produce full-length projects. Luckily, Jay Worthy sees the big picture, as he and the veteran producer prepare their Fantasy Island project. Here’s the latest leak, “Stepping Out,” featuring Sha Hef. Backed by a beat smoother than any Uncle Clyde in existence, we hear the duo deliver their slickest rhymes. Don’t mind that the bars aren’t the most dexterous, this song is about the vibe. Birthed from a chance encounter the two had at a Meyhem Lauren show in Vancouver, Fantasy Island will feature six tracks.

Tate Kobang – “Dis Side”

Boom-bap drums are all Baltimore product Tate Kobang needs to get his thoughts f on “Dis Side.” The song receives a video treatment, in which the 300 Entertainment artist posts in a fiery warehouse with his homies.

T-Pain – “You don’t know shiT”

No T-Pain slander will be tolerated on this side, especially when he delivers songs that sound as good as “You Don’t Know Shit.” Music’s resident maestro autotune crooning is so adept at his craft that his lyrics on this one are crude at times. Of course, his words come in the framework a nasty argument between him and his girlfriend. Not an excuse, but I’m just saying.

Wifisfuneral f. Smoke Purp – “Run It Up”

Now that the ink’s dry on a deal with Alamo/Interscope Records, wifisfuneral returns with his new track, “Run It Up,” featuring Smoke Purpp. Produced by Cris Dinero, this release is very the moment, from the call-and-repeat-style chorus and trap-influenced production.

Troy Ave – “Press Spray”

Things just got spicy. Troy Ave ups the ante in his ongoing rap beef (if you even want to call it that) with retired rapper Joe Budden and fellow New Yorker Mysonne. The self-ordained NuPac’s back and forth banter with the aforementioned guys spills into his video for “Press Spray.” It’s not exactly a high-budget affair, but it certainly gives Troy Ave a platform to get his thoughts f.


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Father John Misty built the house up, then Skrillex tore it down: experience FORM Day 2

The cold, quiet desert came alive with yoga and morning meditation sessions across Arcosanti’s architectural labyrinth in the early hours sunshine as  began its second day. As the day progressed, ‘s Saint Records imprint hosted a Saint Heron House panel at in Arcosanti’s most recognizable landmark, the open air Apse. Spiring cypress trees swayed in the warm breeze while somber actors sauntered across the windswept Vaults as part  Phoenix-based artist Jorge Ignacio and choreographer Liliana Gomez’s performance art piece,”Re Birth,” inspired by the Phoenix Art Museum’s Kehinde Wiley exhibit.

Father John Misty built the house up, then Skrillex tore it down: experience FORM Day 2

Photo: Ian Clontz

Rock outfit The Hotelier kicked f day-programming in the amphitheater, jokingly admitting they felt silly being “just a rock band” on such a variant and eclectic lineup. Into the afternoon, one FORM’s earliest supporters, Tom Krell, better known as How To Dress Well, performed a handful new selections in the Apse. The afternoon was occupied by an all-day pool party fueled by Don Julio tequila and DJ sets from the  crew. As the sun set over the desert, Grammy-nominated R&B trio KING occupied an evening slot at the Apse Stage, transforming the space into a singing, soulful soiree polished with brilliant image mapping on the inside the venue’s dome.

The second night’s programming came by way a spirited, high-energy performance by Future Islands and boozy musings from . The former Fleet Foxes proponent delivered a stripped-down performance that was equal parts witty and sardonic, introspective and existential. Only accompanied by a piano and an acoustic guitar, Misty’s deep croons bellowed from the amphitheater, broken up by quippy interludes and a refill what he purported to be ayahuasca Kombucha. The crowd laughed along as a stage tech brought out a bottle and poured, although something about Misty’s request suggested he may not have been joking. Moments pensive melody were stitched between belting, impassioned roars as Father John Misty took a packed amphitheater crowd down a deep, albeit entertaining rabbit hole.

Father John Misty built the house up, then Skrillex tore it down: experience FORM Day 2

Photo: Jasmine Safaeian

The second night culminated with performing in the encircling Canyon Stage below the Arcosanti stronghold. Delivering a high-octane set chock full unheard material, Skrillex opened with “Chicken Soup” and 10 minutes house madness before cycling through an enormous, hip-hop leaning arsenal what felt like at least a hundred tracks spread over more than two hours.

Between cuts from Future, Drake, Rihanna, Toto, A$AP Ferg, Whitney Houston into Soulja Boy, , and something english words couldn’t accurately describe involving ,” Sonny weaved in menacing personal edits, unheard demos, and an endless lineup headbanging Skrillex classics. Best all, as Skrillex’s set wound down around 3AM, none other than Father John Misty swam out the dusty, hedonistic mob, fixed his collar, and walked f into the night.

Father John Misty built the house up, then Skrillex tore it down: experience FORM Day 2

Photo: Jasmine Safaeian

Juxtaposing sun-drenched pool parties with envelope-pushing moments like screening Whose Streets, a documentary about the unrest in Ferguson catalyzed by Michael Brown’s murder in 2014, FORM continually pulls participants in contrasting directions, making for an incredibly gratifying festival experience.

Featured : Maria Govea

Father John Misty built the house up, then Skrillex tore it down: experience FORM Day 2
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Khalid reveals acoustic version of 'Rollin' on social media – Dancing Astronaut

‘ latest monster collaboration with and , “,” has already garnered significant traction amongst the media and fellow DJs. The slick pop track is part Harris’ musical rediscovery and is a significant detion from his former style.

Now Harris’ latest, which follows fellow high-prile collaborations with the likes and , receives a considerable rework from one its performers. Khalid recently took to social media to reveal an acoustic version the track, fering a refreshing take to the smooth single, much to the delight the rapper’s fans. “Rollin” will likely be a massive hit — Calvin Harris’ track record speaks for itself — and now fans can enjoy a mellowed out version on upcoming summer nights.



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DX Digest: Calvin Harris Calls Future & Khalid For Stone Cold Groove "Rollin"

There’s a handful unforeseen features highlighted in the Friday (May 12) version the DX Digest. For starters, producer Calvin Harris proves to be an evil genius by pairing Future with singer-songwriter Khalid. We also see Rich Chigga call on Keith Ape and XXXTENTACION. Lastly, Jason Derulo gets sultry on a song on the “Swalla (After Dark Remix),” featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign.


Calvin Harris continues to make happy music, and he packaged his most recent work into an album titled Funk Wav Bounces, Vol. 1, due in stores June 30. Today, he previews track four, an unconventional collaboration featuring Future and rising crooner Khalid.

Everything Is Recorded f. Sampha – “Close But Not Quite”

Soulful music has been known to pull listeners in their feelings, but Sampha’s voice takes it a level deeper, tugging on heartstrings even if you cannot directly empathize with the experiences he’s singing about. For instance, the UK singer-songwriter interpolates soul singer Curtis Mayfield’s chorus from his 1970 song “The Makings You” – giving it new life – on “Close But Not Quite.” In the same way that he gifted Drake with a gem on More Life, Sampha recorded this track for producer/XL founder Richard Russell’s new collaborative EP, Everything Is Recorded. Spoiler alert: yes, it’s amazing. Yes, it’s also emotional.

Lupe Fiasco – “Coulda Been”

Buddy – “Find ME”

Here’s a new gem. Buddy and Kaytranada announce a new EP, Ocean & Montana, due out May 19. The duo share the first fering from the project in the form “Find Me.”

Rich Chigga f. Keith Ape & XXXTentacion – “Gospel”

Must be two gospels, signed a writer whose elevator wants to go up when the curtain closes. Now that we’ve gotten that out the way, Rich Chigga drops his feature-heavy song “Gospel,” featuring Keith Ape and XXXTENTACION. Producer RonnyJ created an audible riot for the trio to rhyme over.

Banks & Steelz (RZA & Paul Banks) – “Who Needs the World”

RZA has always possessed a rather worldly view on life. He expounds on his thoughts, operating under the confines Banks & Steelz, his group with Paul Banks, on a new track titled “Who Needs the World.” Here, RZA waxes poetics about the environment, as Banks backs him on the chorus.

Jason Derulo F. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign – “Swalla (After Dark Remix)”

Nicki Minaj premiered an acoustic version her verse from Jason Derulo’s “Swalla” on Instagram Live. Fans who’ve been clamoring for the full song are in for a treat.  Turn down the lights and light a candle to properly prepare yourselves for what’s been deemed the “After Dark Remix,” featuring Nicki and Ty Dolla $ign.

XXXTentacion – “looking for a star (CANT GET YOU OUT MY HEAD)”

XXXTENTACION is no one-trick pony, as he delivers “looking for a star (CANT GET YOU OUT MY HEAD),” featuring pop production from Diplo. Yes, you read that right, and yes, this strangely works – with autotune vocals, numerous beat changes and more.

Daylyt – “The Daytrix”

Red pill or blue pill? You take your choice. The concept made universal by The Cohen Brother’s classic film The Matrix inspires Daylyt’s new track “The Daytrix.” Known for his battle rapping prowess, we see the West Coast artist briefly dete from contest to work with producer Willie B. The result is a thoughtful anecdotal track that recalls the MC’s childhood.

Fetty Wap – “Aye”

There’s no shortage women in Fetty Wap’s gritty visual for “Aye.” It’s also worth noting that the New Jersey native finds his pocket on this track, which bodes well for hopes that he can get back to delivering hit records.

Machine Gun Kelly – “The Gunner”

“The Gunner” is Machine Gun Kelly, who celebrates the release his bloom album by releasing a visual for the aforementioned track. He doesn’t spare any theatrics as he finds inspiration in The Matrix in this clip.

Willie The Kid & V Don f. Roc Marciano – “24 Hours”

Michigan has never had a shortage pure spitters, whether it be in Detroit or neighboring outskirts. Enter Grand Rapids’ own Willie The Kid, as the veteran wordsmith readies his upcoming joint project with Harlem producer V Don, Deutsche Marks. V Don has the horns blowing on “24 Hours,” a smooth tune that’s bespoke fitted for the MCs to trade verses filled with slick banter.


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The Most Calming Music for Dogs Ever Created

Music has been scientifically proven to relax anxious dogs.  But what if an artist specifically wrote calming music for dogs, not humans?  The results were pretty amazing.

It started with a tense, stressed-out dog.  The owner that dog, Daisy, is singer-songwriter gnash, best known for the hit, ‘i hate you, i love you’.  After using medication and consulting with an animal behaviorist, gnash decided to a compose music to sooth his stressed canine.

Gnash’s initial research pointed to reggae as the most calming music for dogs.  Digging deeper, he found that certain musical elements, including simpler arrangements and repetitions, provoked soothing responses in dogs.

That sparked a creative project that resulted in a really effective track.  Seriously, try this with your anxious, hyper, or unhappy dog.

Crazy, right? Indeed, the effects on actual dogs is pretty remarkable.

Interestingly, gnash was setting out to solve a personal problem with his own dog.  But what resulted is a solution that may end up working for millions dogs.  Even the happy ones.

Actually, here’s a video that shows the creative process and journey by gnash.

Of course, Gnash’s ‘song for daisy’ has been doing the trick for Daisy.  But it’s also being heavily used for by No-Kill Los Angeles, a non-kill shelter.

The connection with No-Kill comes from Daisy herself, who is also a rescue.  And like many rescues, Daisy exhibits signs previous stress.  “We want to ensure that dogs, when they are awaiting adoption, have as good an experience as they can,” said Pressor Neil Evans, Pressor Integrative Physiology at Glasgow’s Institute Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine.

“Most people adopting from a shelter want a dog that is relaxed and interacts positively.  Music can help dogs become less stressed and show their true personality.”

St Rock & Reggae

Evans also pointed to reggae as a relaxing favorite for dogs.  But that’s not all.   “The biggest effects come from st rock and reggae,” Evans noted.  “Motown, pop and classical music produce lesser effects.”

Gnash’s release could broaden awareness for the field psycho-acoustic therapy for animals.  Indeed, music therapy is a powerful and calming force, for dogs and humans alike.  “It was a powerful experience to watch an entire room full dogs, and my own rescue dog Daisy, react to this song,” said gnash. “It was incredible to be able to create music that transcends human emotion and has the ability to connect with these animals on a deeper level.”

Accordingly, the next move is to spread this to other rescue shelters.  “I hope this video and song helps other rescue pet owners comfort their furry friends the same way it did mine.”


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