Russ-The Wake up Tour
Ages: ALL AGES
Time: DOORS 7:00; SHOW AT 8:30
Ticket Prices:
$31.50 Adv / $36 Day Of
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“I’ve been at this shit nine years and now they start to call,” Russ sings on his breakout single, “What They Want.” Don’t confuse this as idle boasting from the eclectic Atlanta phenom; it’s a reminder that his rapid ascent was anything but accidental.

As the truism goes, there are 10 years of hard work behind every overnight success. In an industry filled with plants and manufactured hype, Russ did it all himself. No deep-pocketed managers funded his ascent. No co-signs propelled his rise.

Since 14, the Atlanta native has dedicated himself to music with a passion you usually only see in Tour De France champions and fictional whaling captains. His music boasts the diverse tastes of someone who grew up everywhere: New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Kentucky and Ohio, and eventually Georgia.

You can detect those regional influences in his hooks of the artists he grew up with—a rich gumbo that resembles 50 Cent passing blunts with Jim Morrison; The Allman Brothers jamming with Drake; The Beatles with George Martin swapped for Outkast.

Early in his teenaged years, his family eventually settled 20 miles outside of Atlanta. Around that same time, he began making beats. Towards the end of high school, he picked up a mic, and taught himself how to play the piano, guitar, and drums. After dropping out of Kennesaw State as a freshman, Russ formed his DIEMON Crew. They shot their own videos, made their own merchandise, and mostly recorded in isolation. At the age of 23, he’s emerged as a DIY pioneer.

When most of his peers mimic the most popular disposable art, Russ has created an uncategorizable style—one almost as brilliantly alien as history’s finest ATLiens. No exact analogues exist. Russ doesn’t slip back and forth from hyper-melodic inspirational guitar anthems to raw East Coast hip-hop—they’re all effortlessly combined in the same song. There are hints of hammock-rocking reggae, whiskey-soaked Southern rock, and soul-scarred R&B. No gimmicks, just eclectic fusion at its most advanced.

Russ made all the beats. He wrote all the raps and the hooks. He engineered and mixed and sang the songs, played the guitar, programmed the drums, and delved deep into his soul to figure out who he is and what he wants out of life. Then he wrote manifestos like “Do It Myself” to outline the road map for others to follow.

This is heartfelt, truthful music for self-empowerment. Real soul. It’s hard but melodic, sophisticated but with a direct emotional message. There is a quote from the Alchemist, “and, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Russ internalized that message, actualized it, and now, this story’s really about to begin.

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LOGIC AND BIG LENBO
Ages: ALL AGES
Time: 8:00 pm
Ticket Prices:
$49.50 Adv/$55 Day Of
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Logic – the 27-year-old rapper born Sir Robert Bryson Hall II  – burst onto the music scene through a series of mixtapes that led to a significant, rabid underground fan base. His tapes –Young, Broke, and Infamous; Young Sinatra; Young Sinatra: Undeniable; Young Sinatra: Welcome to Forever – garnered millions of downloads and streams, jumpstarting a worldwide tour all before signing a record deal with Def Jam Recordings in 2014.

 

With his debut album Under Pressure in 2014, the Gaithersburg, Maryland bred MC, broke free from the pack and established himself as one of the brightest young stars in music.  The project was hailed as one of the year’s finest hip-hop debuts, with press noting Logic’s superior lyricism, cinematic storytelling and important message of peace, love and positivity. The Huffington Post crowned Under Pressure “2014’s Best Hip-Hop Album So Far,” iTunes named it “Best Hip Hop Album 2014,” Artist Direct called it “The Best Debut of 2014,” and MTV News nominated it as “Rap Album Of The Year Contender.”  The buzz earned Logic performances on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Lollapalooza, Wireless Festival UK, Governor’s Ball, and a headline world tour.

 

Logic’s sophomore effort was the 18-track long-player The Incredible True Story (November 2015), which crafted a sci-fi space odyssey script that developed throughout the interludes on the album, and cemented Logic’s status as one of music’s most creative young MCs.  After the album debuted at #1 on the US R&B/Hip Hop Chart, he embarked on the 2016 Incredible World Tour across the U.S. and Canada from February through April.  “Bobby Tarantino,” his summer 2016 mixtape, upped the ante, as Billboard declared “Logic heats up the summer with a new banger,” as Logic co-headlined a massive summer amphitheater and arena tour.

 

In 2017, Logic continues to raise the bar with the release of his third full-length album Everybody. The album touches on societal issues that affect us all on a daily basis, including anxiety, depression, race relations and more. Everybody features a wide-array of artists and personalities including Neil deGrasse Tyson, Killer Mike, Chuck D, Alessia Cara and Khalid and has become his most commercially successful album to date.

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X96 Toyota BASH Concert Series featuring AFI & Circa Survive
Ages: All Ages
Time: Doors: 7pm Show: 8pm
Ticket Prices:
$9.60-$32
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CIRCA SURVIVE

In their decade-plus career, Circa Survive have continued to challenge themselves and test the boundaries of musical genres. With each album they’ve gone outside their musical comfort zone, jumping between post-rock, psychedelic, prog, post-hardcore and shoegaze, creating a sound that’s uniquely theirs yet has the power to connect with a wide swath of music fans.

Their latest album, Descensus, isn’t just an impressive illustration of Circa Survive’s constantly evolving creativity; it’s a testament to the strong bond the five members share. They’ve experienced career highs and personal lows, but their dedication to each other has never wavered. “We’re just in a really sweet spot in our career where a lot of the hard stuff from the beginning is out of the way, and we’re in this place where we know how to write a Circa song, and we also know how to walk outside of our comfort zone together and enjoy it,” guitarist Colin Frangicetto says. “It just seems like at this point now there’s really nothing to be afraid of.”

The band embraced that fearless mentality when they went into the studio to write and record Descensus. After months of personal upheaval for each of the members, they managed to put all that aside and concentrate on making music together. With producer Will Yip once again at the helm, Circa Survive emerged with an album that they describe as their best yet. Whether it’s loud and chaotic (“Schema”), trippy and indecisive (“Always Begin”) or vulnerable and dejected (“Nesting Dolls”), Descensus is the sound of a band on the same page.

Circa Survive formed in 2004 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. It didn’t take long for them to catch people’s eyes and ears, both for their standout debut album, Juturna, and their passionate and dynamic live shows. Each album that followed was a success, from 2007’s On Letting Go to their major-label debut Blue Sky Noise (which would go on to debut at No. 11 on the Billboard 200, their highest chart position yet) to 2012’s Violent Waves, which they self-released.

Circa Survive continue to evolve, creating music that challenges and intrigues them as artists. Their shared desire to constantly create something new is what’s kept both their music and their bond strong.

Circa Survive is: Anthony Green (vocals), Colin Frangicetto (guitar), Brendan Ekstrom (guitar), Nick Beard (bass) and Steve Clifford (drums).

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RANCID and DROPKICK MURPHYS From BOSTON To BERKELEY Tour
Ages: ALL AGES
Time: DOORS: 5:30
Ticket Prices:
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017
$37.50 - $40
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RANCID AND DROPKICK MURPHYS

ONSTAGE TOGETHER FOR JOINT ENCORE

With special Guests:

THE SELECTOR

KEVIN SECONDS (OF 7SECONDS)

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DAS ENERGI FESTIVAL 2017
Ages: 18+
Time: DOORS AT 5:00 PM
Ticket Prices:
2 DAY TICKETS STARTING AT $100
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V2 Presents:

Das Energi 2017

August 18th & 19th 2017

PASSES ON-SALE SOON!

There are those brilliant moments in life where you start to feel the butterflies, you can’t help but catch your breath and you start to notice the goosebumps on your arms. In that moment everything is perfect and simple, your heart feels whole and you could almost touch the electricity flowing in the air. That moment, that feeling, is the same current that fuels Das Energi, it’s the current that connects us all.

This Summer you’ll feel the electricity charge and grow as we venture deeper. You’ll feel the energi flowing through each and every dancer with connecting frequencies. When the vibrations enter your soul, and the visuals stimulate your inner being you too will begin to emit the same energi. Then, once we reach the highest frequencies, you’ll feel the current of Das Energi flowing within your soul and all your stress and anxieties will dissipate, being replaced with a pure pulsating bliss…

Das Energi, the current that connect us all.

LOCATION:
The Great Saltair
12408 W. Saltair Dr. Magna, UT
18+ entry / 21+ Bars (WITH ID)

Connect to the ENERGI:
Twitter: @V2Presents @DasEnergiFest
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#DasEnergi #DasEnergi2017 #V2Presents

Parking: $10 Cash Only
DAS ENERGI FESTIVAL 2017
Ages: 18+
Time: DOORS AT 5:00
Ticket Prices:
2 DAY PASSES STARTING AT $100
Addl' Info:

V2 Presents:

Das Energi 2017

August 18th & 19th 2017

PASSES ON-SALE SOON!

There are those brilliant moments in life where you start to feel the butterflies, you can’t help but catch your breath and you start to notice the goosebumps on your arms. In that moment everything is perfect and simple, your heart feels whole and you could almost touch the electricity flowing in the air. That moment, that feeling, is the same current that fuels Das Energi, it’s the current that connects us all.

This Summer you’ll feel the electricity charge and grow as we venture deeper. You’ll feel the energi flowing through each and every dancer with connecting frequencies. When the vibrations enter your soul, and the visuals stimulate your inner being you too will begin to emit the same energi. Then, once we reach the highest frequencies, you’ll feel the current of Das Energi flowing within your soul and all your stress and anxieties will dissipate, being replaced with a pure pulsating bliss…

Das Energi, the current that connect us all.

LOCATION:
The Great Saltair
12408 W. Saltair Dr. Magna, UT
18+ entry / 21+ Bars (WITH ID)

Connect to the ENERGI:
Twitter: @V2Presents @DasEnergiFest
Instagram: @V2Presents @DasEnergiFestival
#DasEnergi #DasEnergi2017 #V2Presents

Parking: $10 Cash Only
DIE ANTWOORD - LOVE DRUG TOUR 2017
Ages: ALL AGES
Time: Doors 7:00 pm Show 8:00 pm
Ticket Prices:
$32.50-$35.00
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Die Antwoord (Afrikaans: “The Answer”) is a hip-hop act from Cape Town, South Africa consisting of three members, Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er and DJ Hi-Tek.

Die Antwoord lead vocalist Ninja (born Watkin Tudor Jones) was a part of the South African hip-hop scene for many years, fronting such acts as The Original Evergreen, Max Normal, Fucknrad and The Constructus Corporation. He is known for adopting different stage personas. In the case of Die Antwoord his persona is Ninja: a hyper violent character who is very different from his previous incarnations.

Die Antwoord was later created as a group in 2009, consisting of performers Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er, and DJ Hi-Tek. Their debut album $O$ was made available as a free download on their official website. In 2009 South African cinematographer Rob Malpage (along with co-director Ninja) shot the video for their single “Enter the Ninja.” The video became a viral phenomenon on the internet nine months later, delivering so much traffic to their official website that their original provider shut down their account, forcing them to move their hosting to a US-based provider to handle the traffic. The “Enter The Ninja” video also features South African progeria survivor Leon Botha, a prominent Cape Town artist.

Die Antwoord performs “Zef” music, Zef being an Afrikaans slang term which loosely translates to the American equivalent of “Redneck”. Their lyrics are performed in both Afrikaans and English.

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The xx - I SEE YOU TOUR
Ages: ALL AGES
Time: 7:00 pm
Ticket Prices:
$35.00 Advance / $40.00 Day of Show
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The xx

Biography
In March 2014, The xx took their advanced pop experiment in fortified introspection to its most cripplingly self-conscious conclusion. At Manhattan’s Park Avenue Armory Drill Hall they played a succession of dates that The New York Times headlined ‘The Rock Show, Inverted.’ Playing to an audience of just 45 people at each of the twenty five shows over ten days, Romy Madly Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith had to bow their heads in penance to avoid looking square in the eyes the effect of their music, at that moment gridlocked in a beautiful communion of the inner life of shy people.

A new touchstone for pop intimacy, the show had been road-tested in the bowels of the city during the previous year’s Manchester International Festival. The xx debuted a new song at The Armory, Performance. Its chorus ran: “You’ll see me hurting/when my heart breaks/I’ll put on a performance/I’ll put on a brave face”, set only to barely audible sub-bass and the kind of intricate, spidery guitar motif that had by now become a signature to their sound. In retrospect, The Armory shows were a line-in-the-sand moment for The xx. They had reached the furthest limits of their experiments in the monochromatic. A hard won light was beginning to beckon.

“The record sounds triumphant and celebratory,” says Jamie, of their third long-player, I See You, “but the journey we went on and what we had to go through to get to this point should be acknowledged.” I See You is the spoils of four hard years’ labour, a vertiginous new height scaled for the pop group. It is a record that sees them performing with optimum new nerve, transparency and clarity. Because it is made by The xx, its implicit boldness is sculpted from a tough and tender space, one which stretched its limits for expansion against the core musical aesthetic Romy and Oliver first found as 16-year-olds playing on a stage together. “What makes us sound like us isn’t intentional,” says Oliver. “What always surprises me,” says Jamie, “is when they just play the two instruments together they come up with things that I could never come up with, so simple that I wish I could. That particular guitar sound and Oliver’s bass playing will always create this mood which I love and which I can’t imagine ever getting bored of.”

I See You is marked by a tonal shift to something close to pure, crisp pop structure, adorned by unusual crescendos that echo a dextrous DJ inching their dancer toward climax without ever quite lifting the house lights. Its lyric sheet moves from the danger and hopelessness of love to its deliciousness and rapture; a move into a more outward looking proposition. I See You is recognisably still The xx but now powered by voluble ambition, of the three perfect counterweights to one another starting to not just realise but harness their full potential. You might even want to think of the decisive move from Joy Division to New Order here, too. The Armory shows turned out to be a double bluff. When they take their plum festival slots in 2017, armed with the ten most robust songs of their career The xx should prick the skin and touch gently the shoulder of an audience reaching to the back of the field.

I See You is split in two down the middle by Performance, the most cognisant xx song of the suite. The metaphor at the centre of the ballad is pure Bacharach and David. The delivery is something else. Though shimmering resolutely from the half-light to the spot, it unleashes in Romy something confident and spacious. Since stepping tentatively onto stage barely out of childhood, Romy has had to learn to embrace her inner frontwoman. But then all of The xx have challenged themselves in the making of I See You.

For Jamie, this manifested itself most pertinently in becoming a solo, if still xx-branded artist with his sensational club suite, In Colour. True to title, solo Jamie may yet turn out to be The xx’s Wizard of Oz moment, as Romy and Oliver witnessed vicariously what they might now look like in technicolour. “Jamie’s record had a big effect on me,” says Romy. “It was the sense of being outside of something you’d been involved in but then also being involved because Oliver and I are on the album. Observing it, I found, made me appreciate what I do a lot more. I did feel like I was missing something, too. I’m not ashamed to say that either, even though it was a weird feeling. There was so much pride and admiration in what Jamie had done but at the same time it could be weird to see him on stage at Alexandra Palace, with my voice playing through the speakers and I’m standing in the crowd. It was odd. But it also inspired a hunger. I wasn’t complacent. It was inspiring me to think OK, Jamie’s going to come back so let’s have some great songs for him. We’re not the most obvious front-people. We didn’t grow up dreaming about that. But I do really enjoy it.” Adds Oliver, “I’ve really missed it. And I didn’t realise that I would miss it so much. It did come as a surprise. I get a lot of confidence from doing it and it was hard not having that for a while.”

Work on I See You began in earnest with conversations between Oliver and Romy while Jamie was making then promoting In Colour. For second album Coexist the trio had locked themselves away in a small room in Angel, Islington, refusing to play anything to outsiders until they deemed it ready. “It was made in a weird, dark place for all of us,” says Jamie. Three introverts getting used to being stared at and scrutinised was always going to be difficult emotional territory to surf. The first xx record, released when Romy and Oliver were still teens, had sold in disproportionate quantities to the local scale of its ambition, finding a global audience that wildly surpassed everyone’s expectations. “Everyone kept telling us this is moving really fast,” says Oliver. “And in the moment I’m not sure we believed it,” adds Romy. The xx have sold 2.7million records the world over. They have platinum and gold discs amassed from across Europe, the Americas, Australia. They’re one of only three British bands – the others being One Direction and Mumford & Sons – to have a gold certified debut album in the USA in the last decade. Their multimillion streaming and social media stats are dizzying. If this wasn’t supposed to happen, I See You sounds like the concession not just that it did, but furthermore that it was meant to.

The construction of the third xx record could not have differed further from its predecessor. They travelled to Los Angeles, Marfa, Texas, New York, Iceland. After a road trip in which they played soft rock all the way from Portland to LA, they decamped to a studio in the Hollywood Hills and recorded repentant party-boy apologia, Replica there and then. The dappled sunlight of yacht-rock is a new texture for The xx. I See You is full of them, from Oliver’s afrobeat bass lead on the defiant garage opener, Dangerous, to Romy’s playful purr in I Dare You. When he added the Hall & Oates sample from I Can’t Go For That to I See You’s first single, On Hold – as close as The xx will ever likely get to a certified pop banger – Jamie says an employee from the studio caught him dancing by himself to it, “which was embarrassing.” It is at these eureka moments that the expert producer knows he has located the exact specialness of his pop operation.

With their unforeseen reach, The xx have quietly become trusted hands across the wider pop hemisphere. Romy has written with Kelela, Jamie famously produced for Drake and Alicia Keys. They curated their own festival, Night and Day, extending branches from London to Berlin and Lisbon. Oliver would make sure to be on site first thing every morning, to greet each artist they had booked individually. Part of the strive for self-improvement that demarks the new arc for The xx on I See You comes from their faithful devotion to music not just as artists but as fans, too.

While living in LA for a spell, Romy attended writing camps of the sort designated to factory fashion hits for the megastars of the day, including a session with hit-maker for hire Ryan Tedder. Though forever intrigued by it, this is categorically not The xx’s world, and it should be noted that every song on I See You is written solely by The xx. “We’ve always really loved pop and for this record we were trying to find new ways of doing things,” she says. “It was terrifying but I think I knew it was going to be horrible and I wanted that. I knew it was going to be a test.” Making the record, Oliver says, “was about us becoming less self-conscious of how we think we are expected to sound and more about making the kind of music we want to hear.” “I really enjoyed not feeling so clenched,” adds Romy.

While Romy was learning the whys and wherefores of the hit factory and Jamie toured his solo record, Oliver fronted campaigns for the esteemed menswear wing of French fashion house Dior. “This is all so far out of what we usually do,” he says. The xx were once a lesson in beautiful compression, of looking inward, a study in quietude and subtlety. They are three best friends who obsessed together, drifted apart and found an invigorated new meaning and purpose with I See You. The mirrored packaging of the record is there for a reason. I See You is a record about falling in love with one another, all over again, a minor key Musketeers moment for Romy, Oliver and Jamie. It feels like the start of a new dawn for The xx. The record ends with the song Test Me, a unified declaration of how much that love can hurt but how, when it chimes in tandem, there is nothing that can quite match it.

“It’s strange to like the record as much as I like it,” says Jamie. “It’s about seeing reflections of yourself in other people. It’s basically us understanding each other better. Being pals again. We went through lots of ways of saying that and I See You seemed the best.” I See You feels like a love letter scripted to themselves, celebrating a marriage that works for better and for worse and on this unusual occasion, would like to tell the world about it. “I never think about people watching or the audience in any way, really,” says Jamie, “I think about the moments on stage and the moments when we come off stage, of us just enjoying ourselves as friends. I don’t even think about how it’s going to go down on stage. I just like the memories I have of us being on stage.” “They are,” says Romy, “the best.” “Communication has not always been easy with us,” says Oliver, “But we’re learning. The thought of sharing the stage together again is perfect. We’re all ready”.

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