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Save the best for last: ‘Aubrey & the Three Amigos’ tour concludes in Atlanta

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For three sold-out days of pandemonium, State Farm Arena served as the home to Drake and Migos as they closed out the critically acclaimed Aubrey & the Three Migos Tour in the Southern hip-hop capital, Atlanta, Nov. 16-18.

The Canadian artist and rap trio made sure every penny ATLiens spent to check out the must-attend show was worth it, and from the sound of thousands uncontrollably roaring in unison, no refund was necessary.

NDLYSS was on-hand to witness the buzz-worthy production on the second-to-last night, and to say we’re satisfied is an understatement.

Aubrey Graham proved why he belongs in the conversation with the goats, and Migos isn’t trailing too far behind. In a genre blemished by ho-hum performances, The energy and live-sets were a breath of fresh air, and let’s not consign to oblivion without noting how flawless the discography translated through the massive speakers.

As you can imagine the setlist’s were heavy with cuts from Drizzy’s latest chart-topping album “Scorpion,” and Migos’ “Culture II,” but nostalgia amped the crowd as both acts performed coveted throwback anthems like, “Versace,” “The Motto,” “Headlines,” and more.

You better believe the day-one fans shifted into a wild frenzy from “0 to 100, real quick, causing Drake to blurt out, “This might be my favorite stop on tour.” And, of course, home cooking was the perfect recipe for Migos to “Pipe it up” in their old stomping grounds.

In typical fashion, Drake introduced his fans to an upcoming artist. This one goes by Roy Woods and is the newest talent added to the OVO Sound roster. The 22-year-old singer from Brampton, Canada came in off the strength of his most recent album, “Say Less,” ironically, leaving fans speechless over his Weeknd-like vocals. Although, the 6 God’s signee showed why he’s 2019’s one to watch.

If you missed out on one of the most talked about trek’s of the year, don’t fall into a sunken place just yet. During the tour stop in Edmonton, Canada, Drake teased that a new album is coming and is headed back to the studio so he can come kick it with his fans around the states once more.

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Anderson .Paak brought major waves to Atlanta on Andy’s Beach Club tour stop

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How many artists do you know that have the capability to sing, rap, dance, and play instruments all in one set? Well, we know one –– his name is Anderson. Paak. And if you don’t know, now you know [inserts Biggie Smalls voice].

It’s no wonder his show at the Coca Cola Roxy felt like such wild ride. Some two thousand bodies filled the venue, a massive turnout for a cult artist who in the past has played for just a couple hundred people. He definitely brought a pack of eager fans out to that show, but what went down on Monday night was in a league of its own.

Starting the evening off with a bang, singer/songwriter Tayla Parx served as the show’s opener and without hesitation ate up her entire set. It almost felt like a pre-game before the main rodeo.

“Atlanta, are you high tonight?” That was simply Paak’s intro to let every soul know it was about to be one –– epic –– movie.

He rolled out the hits –– “Tints”, “Bubblin”, and “6 Summers” –– but the crowd seemed just as juiced to hear some nostalgic tracks, including coveted throwbacks like “Heart Can’t Stand A Chance” and “Am I Wrong.” Paak wasn’t the only star of the show though, with probably the most talented band around –– The Free Nationals equally shined .

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This was one of those shows where the audience synergies were in complete alignment with the artist. Whether old or new hooks, the average attendee new the lyrics word for word, and vibed along with Paak as he pivoted through three projects from his stockpile –– 2014’s Venice, 2016’s Malibu, and this year’s Oxnard.

Paaks gleeful spirit translates as clearly on stage as it does in his records. He effortlessly kept the energy at a jittery, euphoric high throughout his entire set. It was an perfect example of how much sheer fun a hip-hop show can be. He even delivered his NxWorries collaboration “Suede,” and performed “Bloody Waters,” from the “Black Panther” soundtrack.

The night culminated with “Dang” a tribute to his longtime comrade and hip-hop’s lost hero Mac Miller, who passed away last year of an unfortunate drug overdose. The moving tribute showed the essence of who Paak is –– a true and authentic artist, which is why fans kept begging for more from him.

As the old saying goes, “All good things must come to an end.” Until next time, we’ll just be sitting by the beach waiting to catch Paak’s next wave.

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Matt Simons smolders with moving ‘Last to Know’ performance in Los Angeles

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Moments before pop-rock guitarist Chris Ayer graced the stage at Hotel Café in Los Angeles on Nov. 20, fans anxiously waited for what they anticipated would be an unforgettable evening.

“When you need somebody, so much, so much” Ayer sang as he opened the show, performing his hit single “Need Somebody.” With guitar in hand, Ayer’s soulful vocals filled the room, captivating the hearts of concert-goers to no return. In between the overflow of tear-jerking ballads, the Virginia artist provided a bit of comedic relief by making jokes. Ayer’s whimsical charm certainly made a splash.

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Following a brief intermission, show headliner Matt Simons entered center-stage and wasted no time hitting angelic piano notes opposite his long-time drummer Rodney who echoed the magical melodies. Simons’ live set was moving and gave a rare and intimate glimpse into his musical realm.

He went on to exclusively debut an unreleased song titled “Last to Know,” adapted from Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” and closed out the show –belting out the maudlin lyrics “Please don’t let me be the last to know,” as the audience soaked up the new record.

From romance to breakups to same-sex love, Simons’ songs transported the audience through every single phase of the relationship in the most personal and authentic way.

Matt Simons and Chris Ayer take on San Francisco tonight at Brick & Mortar Music Hall. To buy tickets, click here.

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Walk Off the Earth has proven to be the kings and queen of music covers

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Canadian musical quintet Walk of the Earth hit the stage in front of a jam-packed show at Tabernacle in Atlanta on Sunday along with opening act Tessa Violet.

The unconventional 5-piece performed over fifteen covers with an original spin so unforgettable you would have forgotten the songs were birthed by other artists. From performing Pharrell’s infectious hit “Happy” to Adele’s “Hello,” the group showed it’s multi-dimensional components rivaled by none.

Check out a photo selection from the show.

 

 

 

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