Devon Williams – Savor

This post was curated and written by the band Tennis. You can catch them performing live tonight, October 8th in Washington, DC at the Rock ‘N Roll Hotel. Tickets are available HERE.

God Bless Devon Williams. At first listen, you wouldn’t think Devon is the next Bruce Springsteen and, let me set the record straight, he’s not – but the two have way more in common than you think. A self-made man (there’s a rags to riches story somewhere in here), with heart, soul, and most importantly, an amazing stage presence. Devon’s personality on stage can at times be even bigger than his music. Musicians sometimes feel the need to be comedians, but Devon genuinely is one, which is an added bonus.

A unanimous favorite of ours last year was Devon’s “Slight Pain” off of his album Euphoria. There are some truly breathtaking moments on that record that we have relived and recycled on numerous mixtapes. His most recent single “Savor” is off his upcoming release available on New Images, the label run by Real Estate‘s Matt Mondanile.

STREAM: Devon Williams – “Savor”

The Shilohs – Private Lives

This post was curated and written by the band Tennis. You can catch them performing live tonight, October 8th in Washington, DC at the Rock ‘N Roll Hotel. Tickets are available HERE.

Every once in a while we stumble upon a band that seems to belong to a different era; the occasional artist that you know would have been much more at home in the 60′s or 70′s. More rarely, there are bands that rather than harken back to a previous era, seem to bring that era to you. The Shilohs are one of those rare bands that bring the profound earnestness of early rock and roll right to you. They give us a chance to rediscover the revolutionary qualities of simple sentiments in our own way, in our own time. They are sentimental–romantic even, but completely serious.

We had the privilege of meeting Jonny Payne from The Shilohs after a strange series of events required our smuggling him across the Canadian border (I’ll leave it at that.) Since that fateful day, we’ve been fans of he and his bandmates work, and are pleased to share it with you here, now.

STREAM: The Shilohs – “Private Lives”

Nicky Blitz – Blast Off

Last we heard from Nicky Blitz he was slanging Hondas with his undeniably catchy “Summer Sinner” track. Of course, that was after our introduction to the artist almost a year ago when we released his song “Alive” as our very first 7 inch. Well, he’s back and this time he’s brought the surf guitar and steel drums for “Blast Off.” The song is off of the forthcoming Mrs. Paradise EP. If you’re a fan of The B-52′s and sweaty dance-floors – I think you’ve found your anthem.

STREAM/DOWNLOAD: Nicky Blitz – “Blast Off”

First Fridays Mix: Devin Lucien

As a DJ, Devin Lucien has been a staple in the Los Angeles music scene and holds residencies at some of the most popular clubs in LA. In addition he plays throughout the US and appears monthly in NY, Miami, Las Vegas and more. He has also been brought out to Japan to spin at Le Baron de Paris. Devin has recently moved into the production side and has worked with numerous fashion brands and magazines – as well as consulting on films.

This months mix features choice cuts and remixes from some amazing artists. The mix includes Ellie Goulding, Meek Mill, NAS, Of Monsters And Men, Kendrick Lamar and more – a perfect party starter. Full track-listing after the jump.

STREAM/DOWNLOAD: Devin Lucien – “ATG First Fridays Mix (August)”

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Headliners: The Who Announce Tour

Billboard: The Who announce Quadrophenia tour. Rock opera revival.

Stereogum: Drake buys a house in LA. Don’t worry, there is a grotto.

Pitchfork:  Tyler, The Creator joins forces with Toro Y Moi.

The Awl: Yasiin Bey would like you to stop calling him Mos Def.

Daily Mail: Pete Doherty kicked out of Thai rehab facility. Maybe.

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Headliners: Azealia Banks Shares Mixtape

Pitchfork: Grab Azealia Banks’ Fantasea mixtape.

AP: Someone ganked Bob Dylan’s guitar at Newport Folk Festival in 1965. If it’s not drug crazed EDM kids at one festival, it’s burnt out hippie thieves at another.

Stereogum: A history of Cro-Mags provides some background on what may have gone into their scuffle at Webster Hall last week.

HuffPo: Florence Welch loses her voice and has to cancel some European dates. The Machine remains in good health.

Kickstarter: Black Moth Super Rainbow made $30K in one day on their Kickstarter campaign.

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First Fridays Mix: Devin Lucien

As a DJ, Devin Lucien has been a staple in the Los Angeles music scene and holds residencies at some of the most popular clubs in LA. In addition he plays throughout the US and appears monthly in NY, Miami, Las Vegas and more. He has also been brought out to Japan to spin at Le Baron de Paris. Devin has recently moved into the production side and has worked with numerous fashion brands and magazines – as well as consulting on films.

This months mix features choice cuts and remixes from some amazing artists. The mix includes Gigamesh, RAC, Big Boi, Goldroom, Flosstradamus, Passion Pit, Kanye West and more – a perfect way to soundtrack your upcoming summer BBQ’s. Full track-listing after the jump.

STREAM/DOWNLOAD: Devin Lucien – “ATG First Fridays Mix (July)”

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Headliners: Live Nation Buys EDM Promoter HARD

NYT: Live Nation buys electronic music promoter HARD. EDM bubble is soon to burst. Unless all of the events are somewhat similar to above pic from 2010 festival.

Slate: Why Radiohead should stop touring. Stage collapse may/may not be mentioned.

FADER: Comedian Hannibal Buress recalls his time on touring with the band Monotonix. Poop-covered microphone included.

Billboard: Several staffers from Boston’s WFNX radio station are set to move to new online station Boston.com following Clear Channels recent take over.

Guardian: Report from the global hip-hop summit. It’s official because Jesse Jackson was involved.

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Giveaway: Nobody Beats The Drum

Tonight, Nobody Beats The Drum bring their brand of energy infused electro to U Street Music Hall a few days before playing the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York. It should be an aural and visual onslaught not to be missed. Tickets are available HERE, but luckily we’ve got a pair to give away!

To win a pair of tickets just list your favorite drummer (jazz, rock, punk, whatever) and we’ll pick the winner. Hilarious comments are encouraged. Don’t forget to enter a valid email so we can contact you. Winner will be notified by 4PM today.

STREAM: Nobody Beats The Drum – “Poisson Vert”

Headliners: Bloc Party Play New Songs Live In Glasgow

Stereogum: Bloc Party play some new songs in Glasgow. Not as good as the old songs.

LA Times: Stevie Wonder’s nephew accused of extortion, tried to get $5 million. Couldn’t he have just quietly opened the safe? Too soon? Cause Stevie Wonder is blind…

Vulture: In depth profile of Fiona Apple.

NME: The British music magazine (or tabloid) celebrates 60 years by picking 100 greatest tracks of the past six decades. No idea how Azealia Banks made it on there.

Spinner: Pearl Jam’s business manager screwed them out of $380,000.

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