POST MALONE IS READY TO GET STONEY

tsgoa_postmalone3This is the age of the SoundCloud rapper, where uploading a track to the internet, can bring you the same clout as being signed. One of the most famous acts to blow up off of the platform is POST MALONE, whose breakout hit White Iverson in 2014, was an anthem for people on the come up. Moves since have been colossal, with a feature on Kanye West’s Life of Pablo, and opening for Justin Bieber in stadiums across North America. We caught his performance in Vancouver, and he was decidedly more sweet natured, than his music suggests.

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Post Malone strode onstage, dressed in an oversized, down to his knees t-shirt, hair in braids and a gold grill in his mouth His whole persona is a throwback to Southern rappers at the start of the millennium. Before he started the beginning few lines of White Iverson, he gave the first of many, big, wide, cheesy smiles. The audience often mimics the artist, and the crowd was filled with white boys in braids, which is somewhat uncomfortable, as cries of appropriation are never far, when it comes to white rappers. Post held his own, as White Iverson was played twice, both to raucous applause and cheers, and he just seemed to be having such a good time up on stage, it was a contagious feeling.

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Post Malone is gearing up to release his first album, the aptly titled STONEY, on December 9th. With features from Justin Bieber, Kehlani, 2Chainz and Quavo, the album has some sturdy star power, which isn’t necessarily seen on too many debut efforts. Post has shown that he’s far beyond conventionality. This album will either propel him past the “one hit wonder” stage, or keep him trapped there until he can prove himself. Whatever the outcome, Post is out there, connecting with fans and having a good time doing so, if his performance in Vancouver is any indication.

CHANCE THE RAPPER DELIVERS BLESSINGS ON TOUR

In 2016, Chance the Rapper has: performed at major festivals like Bonnaroo, and Made in America, thrown his own Magnificent Coloring Day festival in Chicago, landed a global ad campaign with Kenzo X H&M, and petitioned the Grammy awards to include streaming only music. This would be a monumental year for any artist, but it’s historic for an artist that has remained independent.

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“Are you ready for your blessing!” is how Chance begins his show, telling more so than asking his audience. Receiving blessings was the them of the night, as Chance recounted his own torrid path before he reached his own blessing. All the talk of blessings, newfound redemption and higher powers gave him the feel of a preacher at his pulpit, and his message wasn’t lost on the sold out crowd in Vancouver.

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Chance the Rapper’s concert felt like an off Broadway revival of Avenue Q, as he was joined onstage by puppets that bantered, flirted, danced, and sang with him on stage. His inclusion of the characters in his live show was a nod to the childlike innocence and optimism in his raps – optimism that is very needed in hip hop right now.

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For a full recap of Chance’s performance, check out Episode 37 of The Screen Girls On Air

Episode 36: The Birthday episode

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Tune in to part 1 of Episode 36

00:00-4:59 Birthday Song by 2 Chainz ft. Kanye West

5:02-8:16 Celebrate by Anderson Paak

8:17-12:17 Get Uugly by Duckwrth ft. Georgia Ann Muldrow

12:20-17:16 Rare Panther/ Beach House by Duckwrth

17:45-22:05 We both celebrated birthdays in September – under the spell of Mercury Retrograde. We talk about our experiences over the last few weeks, and the ups and downs another year brings.

22:06-23:40 We attended Anderson .Paak‘s “Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals” tour, with special guest Duckwrth. We talk about Anderson .Paak’s musicality, and how he’s more of an entertainer, than a rapper.

23:41- 25:17 Duckwrth has been everywhere lately! Nowness premiered his latest video Rare Panther/ Beach House and he’s toured across North America with Anderson .Paak. We’re so excited for him, and we discuss seeing him perform for the first time.

25:20-31:25 We attended the opening of Witness at the New Media Gallery, and during our time there, we pondered whether electric cats dream of robotic fish?

Tune in to part two of Episode 36

 

00:00-3:09 Violet by Daniel Caesar

3:16-7:07 Death and Taxes by Daniel Caesar

7:33-9:36 We’ve been playing Daniel Caesar on the show since we heard music from his second EP Praise Break. We saw him perform for the first time, and were so excited to hear the music come to life during his performance.

9:46-11:05  Digital artist Pencil Fingerz held an art exhibit showcasing many of his portraits and commissions from hip hop artists. His exhibit was aptly titled “My Creations” and featured works of Frank Ocean and the Underachievers. We discuss checking out his portraits IRL.

11:08 We attended the Vancouver stop of the “Summer Sixteen Tour” featuring Drake, Future, DVSN and Roy Woods. We were most impressed with DVSN’s performance, vocalist has brought the best of ’90s R&B back to life, and it was a nice slow down before Future and Drake turned things back up.

11:18-14:26 Too Deep by DVSN

14:27-19:58 Sept. 5th by DVSN

19:59-24:11 Do It Well by DVSN

24:12 Summer’s Over Interlude by Drake

Summer is over! Tune in to our first fall episode, the Halloween episode on live on October 26 on CiTR 101.9FM in Vancouver. Stream live at citr.ca on the day of the show.

 

 

 

Day 2 of Osheaga Music Festival

By the second day of Osheaga, a certain familiarity with the lay of the park had kicked in, but there was still so much to be seen. Osheaga prides itself on offering quality in both music and art, and exploring the various installations set along the woods was a welcome retreat from the sun and music that still faintly echoed from the stages. Osheaga doesn’t quite belong to any age group, and there were many families with small children, who were provided their own play area, and interactive experiences throughout the park. Whether it’s a mature French attitude towards life, or just the nature of Osheaga, there weren’t too many of the stereotypes that are associated with music festivals – the lingerie clad teenagers and intoxicated festival goers were far and few in between.

The art during Osheaga was crossed with offerings by commercial brands, but it was a delicate balance, and it didn’t feel pushy or overt, and there was representation from all different markets, like Schick Razor, NYX Makeup, H&M and Virgin Mobile.

For those seeking an escape from the sun, Osheaga offers a chill zone, where hammocks were hung from trees, and people were free to lay and have a moment to reflect on all of their favourite music moments.

Osheaga is spread out among six stages, across the park.

Osheaga is spread out among six stages (River, Mountain, Green, Valley, Zone Piknik Electronique , across the park.

Osheaga's Happy mascots were a hit

Osheaga’s Happy mascots were a hit.

These Osheaga mascots were appreciated by kids and adults alike

These Osheaga mascots were appreciated by kids and adults alike.

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The Green Stage ( Scene Verte) featured a swing ride that put you above all the action.

 

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A festival goer tries their hand at rock climbing during Osheaga.

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BE WATER is an installation that serves as a cool, waterpark for festivalgoers.

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Osheaga was a very family friendly festival. While children were scarcely seen in the crowded pits, they were happily frolicking around the park, especially in the Kids Zone.

The vibe of Osheaga feels grown up and more sophisticated rather than catering to a teenage crowd

The Kids Zone was a retreat for kids and parents during Osheaga.

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This David Bowie statue memorialized the late singer, whose death was a shock to the music community this year.

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Art is just as integral as music to the Osheaga experience.

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Osheaga balanced between art and commercial vendors, and Sonnet.ca got the vibe of the festival right, with their marketing.

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Interactive exhibits sprung up throughout the park.

Whether you wanted to snap a photo or just admire, there was lots of art to see

Whether you wanted to snap a photo or just admire, there was lots of art to see.

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The Green Stage was an interactive to the brim at all hours of the festival.

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The NYX touch up stand at Osheaga featured complimentary touch ups and makeup artists meet and greets with celeb artists like Sonjdra Deluxe.

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H&M is a presence on the music festival circuit worldwide, and they always have supporters lined up for giveaways.

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Perrier is known for their Greenhouses, which features their own DJ and assortment of cocktails made with Perrier.

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Scene Piknic Electronique is where many of the electro acts play, the name is a nod to Parc Jean-Drapeau’s summer long, weekly fest which takes places on Sundays.

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Scene De La Vallee featured a mix of electronic acts and some rap acts with Post Malone and Jazz Cartier.

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The event was completely sold out, and nearly 50,000 people attended each day.

 

 

 

Day 1 Osheaga artist highlight: The Underachievers

The Underachiever’s released It Happened in Flatbush this year, and they’re heavy on the tour circuit in support of the EP. Issa Gold and AK the Savior have adopted a breezier, more laid back sound since moving to LA last year. They took to the Green stage (Scene Verte) on the first night, and were joined by producer Powers Pleasant, who DJ’d their set. The trio took to the stage shortly after 8:00 p.m. and by then temperatures had cooled, and the evening party of Osheaga was just beginning.

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Issa Gold of The Underachievers is always dropping knowledge on the mic

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AK the Savior literally ran on stage and he kept the momentum going throughout the set TSG_THEUNDERACHIEVERS3_OSHEAGA

The duo both released side projects in 2014, but they’ve reunited once again for It Happened in Flatbush and they favoured tracks from that album, but also delved into older material.  TSG_THEUNDERACHIEVERS4_OSHEAGA

Everything about AK the Savior screams Rockstar.
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Powers Pleasant held down the show as Issa rapped his verses.

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The duo are known for their fast rhyming over hard bass, and their flair.
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The final song of the night was chosen by the audience, and the crowd chose Herb Shuttles to end off their set at Osheaga.

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Photo by: Sidewalk Hustle

Flume is one of the most exciting electro acts of 2016. Although he’s been releasing music since he was signed in 2011, he’s cemented his place in the mainstream with the release of his album Skin this year. The breakout track from the album was the breakup track “Never Be Like You” which crossed over to radio. The Australian DJ has been working the festival circuit all summer, and by the time he took to the Green Stage (Scene Verte) as the last act of the night, the crowd had reached a fevered pitch.

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The visuals for Flume’s show featured a trippy array of dancing women, and psychedelic flowers in the vein of his cover for Skin.

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been performing for over 20 years and they’ve got their festival style down pat. The band were the headliner’s for the first night of Osheaga, and they turned their time on the River stage (Scene Riviere) as a nostalgic timewarp through their hits. Although frontman Anthony Kedis didn’t perform with a sock covering his penis, the vibe of their performance was a nod to their heydey in the ’90s.

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Their 100 minute set included slightly reworked versions of some classics like “Scar Tissue”, “Otherside”  and “By The Way”.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers set the bar high for the remaining headliners of Osheaga.