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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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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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Masego seduces crowd with sultry performance

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Masego, an artist entirely ahead of his time and the industry has taken note. The Jamaican-American hitmaker along with Nigerian-American R&B duo Vanjess celebrated Halloween last night at Masquerade in Atlanta as part of his North American tour, performing anthems off his debut 13-track album, ‘Lady, Lady.’

From “Tadow” to “Navajo,” the crowd didn’t miss a beat, proving the 25-year-old’s trap-jazz sound to be both infectious and unforgettable. Learning to play the multiple instruments at such a young age, explains Masego’s hard-to-ignore on-stage versatility.

“I’ve kept my eye on Masego for quite some time, and each year he just gets better and better. I can’t wait to see what he has in store for his next album,” said a fan in attendance.

“‘Lady Lady’ is what the culture’s been missing! Listening to the studio album in my earbuds is an experience within itself, but hearing him sing the songs live takes things up several notches,” added another who chimed in.

Check out Masego’s remaining tour dates below:

November 1 — Dallas, TX — Trees

November 2 — New Orleans, LA — Parish @ House of Blues

November 4 — Houston, TX — Warehouse Live Studio

November 6 — Denver, CO — Cervantes

November 9 — Santa Ana, CA –The Observatory

November 11 — San Francisco, CA — Mezzanine

November 14 — Portland, OR — Hawthorne

November 15 — Seattle, WA — Neumos

November 16 — Vancouver, BC — Fortune Sound Club

November 18 — Los Angeles, CA — The Fonda

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