Reggae has really expanded as a genre in recent years, and there are massive influxes of new bands that are bringing the island sound to everyone’s ears. Slightly Stoopid is one of the few veteran groups who still dominate the genre, and fans of all ages know exactly what all the hype is about. The band caught the attention of the late Bradley Nowell (Sublime) in 1995 and that was just one of many promising signs in their early career. After a few well-received studio releases the band’s popularity really started to take off and they were blessed with heavy air play on several major radio stations. Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald founded the group after growing up as childhood friends, and these skilled mulit-instrumentalists still anchor the band with their impressive experience. The most recent studio album “Top of the World” was released in 2012 to a strong reception and the band is currently touring with an impressive supporting cast: Mariachi El Bronx with the hip-hop powerhouses who are The Grouch and Eligh. Slightly Stoopid features guitar work that’s nicely balanced between smooth melodies and technical riffs, showcased in the popular hit “Closer to the Sun”. The warm bass and fun lyrics complete a recipe for greatness and it definitely cements Slightly Stoopid as one band you need to see! The group has sold out several shows in Chicago before and their upcoming show at the Aragon Ballroom will definitely sell out soon, but don’t worry- we have the hook up! Chi-town has been pounded by the cold this winter-and everyone is hoping to catch some summer vibes. Enter our jampaign (click here: http://buff.ly/1ktojCA) to promote the show to your friends: the top promoter wins 2 VIP tickets to the show!
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Sublime and Bob Marley are well-known to most music fans, but reggae is continuing to break into the mainstream through a variety of new artists. Pepper, Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution, and even Jack Johnson have brought laid-back, tropical melodies to younger listeners and now Iration is leading the reggae revolution. Although all five members currently reside in Santa Barbara, they were each born and bred in Hawaii and still rep their roots at concerts across the nation. The style and lyrics are all inspired by island life, good friends, and summertime, while the traditional reggae themes are supported by their impressive musicianship. The guitarists have a great tone and Micah Pueschel (lead singer) conveys the same emotion and clarity in concert as on their albums-this in itself is rare, and not to be overlooked. Last winter Iration played an intimate show at Irving Plaza in New York City, and the audience was very receptive to a no-frills band playing a high-quality concert. Adam Taylor (Bass) interacted with fans throughout the show, and the authenticity was felt by everyone in attendance. No auto tune here, just some humble dudes playing the music they love! Iration has released a series of EPs and their third full studio album (“Automatic”) was released in July with some great reception from new and old fans. We have a contest for their respective tour dates, so check these guys out in a city near you! Promote the show with your friends to win free tickets and more!
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Nassau Coliseum is the place to be this New Year’s Eve. Fans throughout the Tri-State area are flocking to Uniondale, Long Island for one of the most well known performers in EDM. Deadmau5 (Canadian-native Joel Zimmerman) is making a rare stop on the East Coast to ring in the New Year, and his popularity continues to grow despite a constantly shrinking tour schedule. The last time the mau5 visited New York was in 2011, where he performed for a full-capacity audience six nights in a row. You read that correctly- five of the six 2011 tour dates at Roseland Ballroom completely sold out with the sixth night nearly full, and New York was left to wait patiently for his return. I attended the Wednesday and Friday shows which were both notoriously difficult to get into, and in addition to two amazing sets that featured all of his hits, the supporting lineup was phenomenal. Deadmau5 brought along some of his label’s best talent (see: Mau5trap Records) and for a modest ticket price fans were able to witness a show for the ages- Excision and Feed Me opened both nights, and both artists normally sell out their own headlining tours in a matter of days. Needless to say, it was quite the experience.
Deadmau5 is arriving in full force with a slew of new productions that he tested at Veld while performing for his hometown audience in Toronto.
Although his productions span back over a decade, the newest tracks still feature a sound that is undeniably Deadmau5, and the fan’s wishes have been fulfilled. After a long period of ambient sound experimentation Mr. Zimmerman released a handful of tracks on Soundcloud that quickly brought him back into the spotlight. Tickets for New Years Eve are notoriously difficult to find, not only because of the talent but because Nasseau Coliseum has an extremely limited capacity for general admission on the floor, which is where everyone wants to be! Luckily we have an awesome jampaign that will hook up some lucky fans with floor seats! Check out the page, get promoting, invite your friends, and maybe we will see you there!
The blogosphere is a powerful force. If you don’t believe me just ask Rob Resnick and Cal Shapiro, aka Timeflies. Timeflies started out as a much blogged about remix 2 part phenom (see HERE) with “smooth suburban college rapping party boy flow” written all over them. Their remix vids, with their home studio in the background, caught the like wildfire on the campus blog scene.
With a sound similar to the likes of Mike Posner or Asher Roth, Timeflies was a natural favorite at college parties from coast to coast. The duo began producing music together while studying together at Tufts University. Their catchy pop laced hip hop was already on the launching pad for national success. Their recent video for “I Choose U” has production quality lighting, set design, and over 3 million hits on Youtube! These two are rising stars so check them out and help promote on Jamplify now! And not to worry, they’re still doing their awesome remixes.