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Soulful Vanguard Allen Stone announces new Album ‘Building Balance’

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Soulful vanguard Allen Stone’s forthcoming record Building Balance officially set to arrive November 8th via ATO Records, taking his soul-stirring R&B and funk to the next artistic level. Stone continues to draw inspiration from ’70s funk and soul with current flexes, sitting amid D’Angelo in its sultrier moments, and Stevie Wonder at its most melodic. Partially inspired by becoming a husband and father, the album features the most personal, lushly produced and gorgeously performed songs of Stone’s career.

Building Balance was largely penned in a cabin in the woods of Washington state and partially recorded at Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville with three producers: the acclaimed British artist/producer Jaime Lidell, Grammy-winning producer Nasri, and Jeremy Most (Emily King). The album is a textured amalgam of R&B and soul, a result of several personal co-writing sessions, collaborations with Emily King, Mike Posner & Theo Katzman / Joey Dosik of Vulfpeck, and lyrics by Stone. Equal parts sentimental (“Brown Eyed Lover”, “Consider Me”) and replete with nostalgic funk (“Back to the Swing”, “Sweaters”), Stone’s third album shows an artist who has grown into his own and learned to balance and appreciate all parts of his life: the vices of the past and the gifts of the present, career and family, the brilliant highs and discouraging lows.

“The balance through the turmoil of strife and struggle is the best balance you can build because you’re growing, you’re strengthening, you’re utilizing muscles,” he says of the album. “If it was a cakewalk then you’re not gonna fortify those tendons or that willpower.”

Stone just released new single “Sunny Days” –– an R&B ode to euphoric love that features slick rap verses alongside Stone’s smooth delivery in his stunningly transformative upper range. Of “Sunny Days”, Stone says the track “is a feel-good, throwback song about being confident in the love you have for another. Like a refreshing breeze on a hot summer day, the melody cools and comforts. There is no feeling more beautiful than trusting in love.“

Having just wrapped a summer tour with Train, Allen Stone will hit the road on October 23rd for a live 15-date karaoke tour of intimate rooms. He will perform songs from his catalog and classic karaoke staples with his fans, upfront and literally face-to-face. Watch this hilarious and heartwarming trailer for the tour below.

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

10.23 – Saint Paul, MN – Turf Club
10.24 – Evanston, IL – SPACE
10.25 – Indianapolis, IN – Hi-Fi Indy
10.27 – Washington, DC – City Winery
10.29 – New York, NY – The Cutting Room
10.30 – New York, NY – Manderlay Bar at The McKittrick Hotel
10.31 – Philadelphia, PA – City Winery
11.01 – Boston, MA – City Winery
11.03 – Toronto, ON – Adelaide Hall
11.09 – Nashville, TN – Analog
11.11 – Denver, CO – The Soiled Dove Underground
11.12 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues (Cambridge Room)
11.13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre
11.15 – Seattle, WA – Triple Door
11.16 – Portland, OR – The Jack London Revue

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Earl Sweatshirt to host Conversation with his mother, noted Scholar Cheryl I. Harris

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Earl Sweatshirt has announced a one-on-one conversation with his mother and scholar, Professor Cheryl I. Harris (Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at UCLA School of Law).

The event, which is open to the public will commence on Saturday, December 7th at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA at 1:00pm.

The conversation between Earl and Professor Harris is an extension of a series of fan experiences Earl has been curating around Los Angeles, which included the Harun Gallery pop-up in Leimert Park around the release of his recent, critically-acclaimed project Feet of Clay via Tan Cressida / Warner Records.

Additionally, the MOCA event will feature exclusive merch and the 9-foot statue of Nebuchadnezzar, erected from the Feet of Clay concept and imagery that has been making its way through Los Angeles at the earlier pop-ups, as well as on stage during Earl’s unforgettable performance at Camp Flog Gnaw.

Don’t miss this exclusive discussion between mother and son this coming Saturday and listen to the riveting project Feet of Clay now. Get more info here. MOCA members can RSVP at membership@moca.org.

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Genix remixes Golden Girls 1992 rave classic ‘Kinetic’

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The next port to dock during Genix’s tenure as captain of the Anjunabeats Worldwide compilation series, Damo revives the 90’s rave scene with his remix of Golden Girls ‘Kinetic’, an iconic side project of Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll and his brother Phil Hartnoll with Mike Hazell. Anjunabeats Worldwide 09 Mixed By Genix arrives on December 13th, with Damo embarking on a worldwide tour in support of the album.

Genix also makes an appearance on the Anjunabeats U.K. tour at our showcase in Birmingham on December 14, tickets on sale now

GENIX ON TOUR 

Dec 06 – Lizard Lounge – Dallas

Dec 14 – Anjunabeats U.K. Tour @ The Mill – Birmingham, UK

Dec 27 – Treehouse – Miami

Jan 10 – Hideout – Minneapolis

Jan 11 – Newspeak- Montreal

Jan 17 – Soundcheck – Washington D.C.

Jan 18 – U4RIA @ Velvet Underground – Toronto

Feb 01 – Parish – Austin

Feb 07 – The Underground – Seattle

Feb 21 – Junction – Calgary Feb 22 – Chvrch of John – Edmonton

Mar 14 – Passion 25th Birthday – Coalville, UK

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Ambar Lucid vibrates higher in new ‘Questioning My Mind’ music video

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On the heels of the release of “Questioning My Mind,” Dominican/Mexican-American songstress Ambar Lucid shares the accompanying video. Directed by TheVideoboy, “Questioning My Mind” sees Ambar following her younger self, slowly enveloping herself in vines as time goes on. The visual is the second from Ambar this Fall, following the Edward Allerton-directed “Mar De Llanto.”


Ambar shares about the song, “I wrote ‘Questioning My Mind’ during a time when everything in my life was beginning to change drastically. My music career was becoming more stable and I noticed how it made people in my life act a bit different. It made me question many things about myself and many things that were once familiar to me. I came to the realization that just because someone is close to me, it doesn’t mean they’ll always be positive towards the way my life is going.”


The visual for “Questioning My Mind” arrives in the midst of a wildly busy and successful year for Ambar. She released her debut EP Dreaming Lucid, shared the documentary Llegaron Las Flores, which chronicles her journey to reconnect with her father after he was deported to Mexico, and toured North America with Cuco, Omar Apollo, and Mon Lafarte.


Watch “Questioning My Mind” above.

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