Austin City Limits, one of the final music bashes of the summer festival season, kicked off its first weekend with star-studded performances. Sam Smith, Chvrches and Outkast were some of the must-see acts on Friday, October 3. Saturday (October 4) saw artists like Iggy Azalea, Lana Del Rey and Eminem grace the stage. On Sunday, Chromeo brought the funk and Calvin Harris had the audience jumping with his energetic performance.
Some highlights include Smith’s acoustic version of his danceable hit with Disclosure, “Latch,” and Del Rey’s smoky take on her current single, “Ultraviolence.” Weekend two of Texas’ three-day festival will take place from October 10-12. Head down below to view selected performances from ACL’s first weekend. More »
Andre 3000 covers the latest issue of Billboard and talks of how he returned to the spotlight for the first time in seven years, with OutKast‘s high-profile reunion tour. Also discussed: his starring role as Jimi Hendrix in biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side. The story finds him in limbo: On one hand, he continues to lay down sought-after guest verses, worth at least $100,000 each. On the flip side, he doesn’t feel that he can top the music he created starting 20 years ago and up until OutKast’s last album, 2007′s Idlewild.
“My opposition is time, age,” Andre says to Billboard. “You can make music forever, but I think there’s a magic window. I think you can go beyond your magic window and still be the greatest instrumentalist and greatest artist, but anything outside that magic window is just not resonating the same.” More »
After a huge 40-date reunion tour that kicked off with Coachella, OutKast is planning to wrap things up with a few more festival dates, including #ATLastWeekend – a string of homecoming performances in Atlanta. But the rap duo won’t be going out without a bang! They have revealed some major guest acts who will be accompanying them on stage, as they celebrate an incredibly eventful summer reunion.
The #ATLastWeekend shows will be from September 26-28 at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park, with Solange, Janelle Monae, 2 Chainz and Bun B as Friday’s supporting acts. On Saturday, Kid Cudi, Childish Gambino and Raury will grace the stage. More »
2004: The year of socialite and future pop legend Paris Hilton
, ripping songs off Limewire, rocking Juicy Couture sweatsuits, fangirling over The O.C.
, the Napoleon Dynamite
and Mean Girls
fan craze, Myspace Top 8 and of course – some of the biggest and best music ever! of It’s hard to believe that ten years has passed since one of the greatest eras of pop music, which is all thanks to artists like Britney Spears
, Amy Winehouse
and many more.
In honor of this unforgettable year, we’ve curated a list (in no particular order) of the ten best pop jams from 2004 that we still can’t get enough of in 2014. Relive your nostalgia below! More »
shouted out to OutKast
when her and Jay Z
‘s On the Run tour
hit Atlanta on July 15. To longtime residents, this small gesture proved that she knew of the hip-hop duo’s lasting influence.
Currently, Atlanta attracts aspiring rappers and producers from across the South, who work in hopes of churning out the next hit to be broadcast in the city’s three hip-hop stations. During “***Flawless,” Beyonce also played a snippet of Ace Hood‘s “Bugatti,” featuring Atlanta natives Future at the hook and Mike WiLL Made It on the beat. That platinum hit is just one example of how the hip-hop industry has thrived in the city.
In comparison, though, the pop diva’s brief nod to OutKast – a snippet of “SpottieOttieDopaliscious,” off the duo’s 1998 classic Aquemini – felt more significant. Her shout-out, like her “No Angel” video, was harder evidence that she knows her hip-hop history — including that, without OutKast, no one would have known that the South got somethin’ to say. Watch Beyonce shout out OutKast during “***Flawless” in Atlanta below. More »
During the first weekend of Coachella earlier this month, Outkast invited a handful of guests to perform with them
, including fellow retro-futurist Janelle Monae
, who nearly stole the show with her lively “Tightrope” performance. Monae again joined the ATLiens Sunday night (April 27), this time at Georgia’s Counterpoint Festival, for their homecoming rendition of 2003 smash “Hey Ya!”
Well, it was actually just Andre 3000 whom she shared the stage with. Watch her bust a move as Three Stacks works the mic below (beware the blown-out audio). More »
Following Eminem‘s Texas-themed Instagram post
hinting he’d be headlining Austin City Limits this year, the official 2014 lineup has been announced, and Marshall Mathers is indeed at the top of the bill. Em will headline the fall festival along with Pearl Jam
, the latter serving as the lone youngster on the top line. But millennials will find plenty to like on the lineup’s second row, with Calvin Harris
, Lana Del Rey
and Foster The People
rounding out the second level of acts.
Idolator faves like Zedd, Major Lazer, Chromeo, Chvrches, Phantogram, Iggy Azalea, Icona Pop, Capital Cities, Sam Smith, Kodaline and Bleachers also made the cut, along with a bevy of under-the-radar artists. They’ll perform across eight stages at Austin’s Zilker Park over two weekends, October 3-5 and 10-12. Passes for both weekends go on sale today (April 22) at 11 a.m. ET at the ACL site.
Check out the full lineup here. More »
has added yet another date to its 40-plus date festival tour
: June 28, at this year’s three-day BET Experience in Los Angeles. The Atlanta hip hop duo will headline and perform alongside current chart heavyweights Rick Ross
, A$AP Rocky
and K. Michelle
BET Experience, the network’s answer to radio festivals like Hot 97′s Summer Jam, kicks off June 27 with performances by Future and an R&B all-star roster: Maxwell, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius and Candice Glover. The Roots will perform the following night with “special guests.” while Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson and Trey Songz will help close the festival. And, in a move that surprisingly hasn’t been done yet, DJ Khaled will host. More »
, 20 years,” Big Boi
On April 11, Coachella spectators watched the reunited OutKast perform for the first time in a decade. The starting half of its career-spanning set made it easy to see why the duo had been sorely missed, with songs and showmanship more than worthy of its headlining slot. During the latter half, though, a few missteps made it clear that, indeed, Big Boi and partner-in-rhyme Andre 3000 hadn’t performed together in years – and have a few kinks to work out for the rest of its 40-plus festival tour. More »
Frank Ocean announced on his Tumblr
that he may skip the Coachella festivities (he’d be going as a civilian, not a performer) in order to put the finishing touches on his Channel Orange
follow-up. In the new post, Ocean revealed that he’s opening for Outkast
at Canada’s Pemberton Music Festival in July, and indicated he may need to hunker down so he can finish his new material in time for the gig. “I MIGHT SKIP ON COACHELLA TO STAY IN THE GROOVE AND FINISH THIS BITCH,” he wrote in all caps. Of course, this is all based on the assumption that “this bitch” is the album.
Ultimately, though, Ocean may end up hailing a chopper for a quick trip to Coachella anyway to check out the ATLiens. “I FEEL LIKE THEY’RE FINNA WILD OUT THO. FUCK IT.. BRING THE HELICOPTER OUT.” More »