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XXXTENTACION FANS FLOCK TO HIS MUSIC (UPDATE)
Fans still flocking to his tracks and albums. (6/22a)
XXXTENTACION FANS FLOCK TO HIS MUSIC (UPDATE)
Two suspects are apparently still at large. (6/22a)
TOP MONEYMAKERS: SPREADING THE WEALTH
Juice WRLD made the most moolah. (6/22a)
SPOT STOCK ROCKETS TO TOP (UPDATE)
The gambit appears to be working. (6/22a)
SUSPECT CHARGED IN XXXTENTACION SLAYING (UPDATE)
Motive remains unclear. (6/22a)
WHO ARE THE RAINMAKERS?
We promise this special issue won't be dry.
HOW ROCK IS STREAMING FORWARD
Amps sold separately.
PIZZA PLACEMENT
Songs by the slice.
A.I. AND OUR FUTURE
Planning for Skynet.
THE B-SIDE
ICYMI: CAUTIOUS CLAY
6/14/18

L.A.'s intimate Moroccan Lounge welcomed independent artist Joshua Karpe, PKA Cautious Clay, last week (6/6). Dazzling with a stripped-down set, the show featured a collection of his releases, including tracks from his most recent EP, RESONANCE. For Clay, simplicity is bliss. He was accompanied on stage with only a guitarist and a drummer, though his saxophone and flute also had their appearances.

The Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/producer recently made a splash with debut single “Cold War,” which dropped late last year. Since then, he’s released two EPs and was featured on Petit Biscuit’s “Wake Up.” His velvety vocals—complemented by a blend of R&B, modern electronica and jazz production—make it hard to believe he’s technically considered a rookie.

An otherworldly troubadour, Clay will be kickstarting his fall tour with Alina Baraz (September) and Gallant (October). In the meantime, indulge in RESONANCE below.

WE'RE ALL DOGS
6/12/18

BY NICOLE GHAPGHARAN

L.A.-based artist Damyon recently released We’re All Dogs, a five song EP that’s both raw and well-crafted.

With Damyon both playing guitar and providing vocals, the band includes Phil Guerrero on drums, Thomas Froggatt on bass and Jerry Borge on keyboard. Morgan Tashjian’s vocals are also featured.  

The gritty EP tugs at emotional strings with dark guitar riffs, while offering a juxtaposition between softer, stripped alt-rock tracks and grunge-rock. The lead single, “Get behind Me,” is a prime example of how production can be just as integral to the catchy-ness of a song as a strong chorus.

Lyrically, the tracks are melancholy, and while the EP exhibits polarity when it comes to emotions, it's a commentary on all-too-real life experiences.

Inspired by the sounds of Neil Young, The Eels and Kings of LeonWe're All Dogs is not one to miss. You can listen and find more information about Damyon here.

PLAYLIST OF THE WEEK: CARIBBEAN SUMMER VIBES
5/31/18

When I asked Scott Shephard, founder of FFConnect, where his passion for music came from, he explained it started in his early youth — routinely tuning into BBC’s Radio 1 Hip-hop  show, hosted by Tim Westwood. His career in the industry, on the other hand, flourished after he secured a gig at Death Row Records. With his foot in the door, Shephard eventually decided to leave college and pursue a full-time career in the music industry, starting a digital content management company. He got an early start in digital marketing experience with help from Johnny Lawes, owner of Jago Management, and his career breakthrough came when he started working with R&B singer Mark Morrison.

Between his work for Mack Life Records and roles as President of Global Music Group’s European division, Founder and CEO of digital media company SC923, and most recently a playlist curator for FFConnect–Shephard is fully embracing the digital age.

Since the launch of FFConnect, Shephard has been able to accumulate over 22k followers on Spotify alone. While browsing through his network page, his playlist Caribbean Summer Vibes immediately caught my attention. Chatting with him about this specific playlist made his keen industry insight evident, so it's no surprise to find Caribbean Summer Vibes is the largest playlist both in follow-count and in artist streams.  

“What a lot of people don’t realize about Caribbean music, is that it's constantly impacting the charts. It’s always gone hand-in-hand with hip-hop and R&B–but you can also hear elements of Caribbean music in most of today’s pop music.” A favorite example of his is last summer's undeniable smash from Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee f/Justin Bieber, "Despacito."

Ultimately, his playlist was inspired by the dance vibe that comes from Caribbean music and its a feel-good playlist you don’t want to miss out on. It features upcoming artists such as Ramriddiz and Samkul, while still showcasing internationally known artists such as WizKid and Stefflon Don. You can check it out below...