[EVENT] Monster Block Party Takes Over Nashville (Photo Recap)

Nashville received it’s annual Monster Block Party presented by Disco Donnie X Ultimo Productions. This year’s festivities included legendary producer/dj Mr. Collipark, Mercer, DJ Snake, and more as it also stood as a growing platform for some of the most interesting costumes to hit the city. 2ls on a Cloud’s Andre R. provided a photo recap for the night and they are now up for viewing via our gallery below and our Facebook Fanpage. If you aren’t already a friend of ours via Facebook, check in and view all photos for the most recent events to come to Nashville!

 

 

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Kevin Gates + Chevy Woods “By Any Means” Tour, Nashville, TN (Photo Recap + Show Review)

Around 7 p.m this passed Tuesday, an hour before the Mercy Lounge doors opened, a line of eager fans began to snake all around the boundaries of the parking lot, anxious and determined to snag a prime spot for Kevin Gates’ By Any Means Tour with special guest, Chevy Woods.  As soon as 8:00 rolled around, the upstairs venue quickly began to flood with hip-hop addicts and supporters.  DJ Truestarr effortlessly entertained the audience before the first openers, talented, local rapper, Openmic and DJ Rod Youree came on to perform their sets, followed by Taylor Gang’s very own Chevy Woods.

The Nashville crowd exuberated nothing but love, and with each set the crowd proceeded to grow in size and excitement. By the time midnight rolled around the venue was packed end to end in what felt like 110*F and 97% humid body heat.  Skin, hair and clothes drenched in sweat, makeup melting off, unfamiliar bodies packed tightly together, a strange elixir of smells floating above the saturated air, but no one seemed to mind.  The environment added to the anticipation and intensity of seeing and interacting with one of XXL’s top freshmen.  A very live, amped up crowd began chanting, “Kevin Gates” before the man himself walked on stage, giving the people what they demanded. The hype immediately went to max volume, hands shot up in the air, and iPhone flashes lit up the stage.  Shortly after being introduced, Kevin brought Starlito up to join him in performing “MYB”, to which the entire venue went wild for and impulsively began rapping and bouncing.

Engaged and connected, Gates and the crowd exchanged bolts of electricity between one another, fueling the energy level of the room. In reference to his OG Bobby Johnson freestyle, “WE AIN’T TIRED” was an appropriate and frequently used phrase throughout the night.  Towards the end of his set, Gates unexpectedly jumped down with his mic and casually walked through the hundreds of fans, as they desperately tried to touch him.  The only thing in sight were reaching hands tugging and pulling at anything they could, hair, shirt, chain, arm, leg, etc..literally anything.  About half way through the crowd, security intervened, pushing belligerent fans off the rap star, but Kevin didn’t turn around right then.  He made sure to make a full lap around the room before getting back on stage, and even then, people were still reaching for him.  His set lasted an hour at the most, but it felt like 20 minutes, leaving Nashville wanting more.  Blinding flashes from the multiple photographers and videographers on stage, as well as those in the audience, created an extra illuminating spotlight on Kevin as he graciously took a bow and thanked his Nashville fans.  Overall, the event was a success thanks to Lovenoise and the Mercy Lounge crew who did an excellent job of putting it all together.

 

 

Kevin Gates will return to Nashville two more times before the end of this year, so if you missed him this time, learn from your mistake, and look out for upcoming ticket sales.

 

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[VIDEO] Dilated Peoples Talk “Directors of Photography” + Reunion Tour (Photo Recap)

Dilated Peoples recently sat and discussed the background of their “Directors of Photography” album. While the group has been working with a fairly low budget for their project, the guys discuss the unity and closeness that has continued to keep them going.

 

If you were at the Nashville, TN stop of the Word of Mouth Reunion Tour that featured Jurassic 5, Dilated Peoples, and Beat Junkies, check out Andre Rowlett’s shots below as a recap.

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[VIDEO] 2L’s Rewind: Oxymoron World Tour Recap

Schoolboy Q’s Oxymoron World Tour hit Nashville, TN last month. With a sold out show, Vince Staples and Tennesseean Isaiah Rashad warmed the crowd. Rashad (as expected) ran the crowd through Cilvia Demo, while also performing a few older favorites that the Nashville crowd was well familar with. With a great amount of Chattanooga, TN in the area, Isaiah brought his mother on stage as he worked the crowd to Future’s “Look Ahead” suggesting his mother aint raise no hoe. This of course stole the show for many fans there to see Isaiah Rashad.

Schoolboy Q performed a great amount of tracks from his past release, Habits & Contradicitons, as well as Oxymoron. Orgnzd x PPMM were respnosible for our video coverage. Next show, June 16th (Future, Openmic, Que, and Rico Love). Check out the visual above.

[EVENT] Ledisi Takes To The Balcony in Nashville, Tn (Show Recap)

Ledisi performed at War Memorial Auditorium this past Sunday night in Nashville, TN. She is currently out on tour promoting her record, The Truth.

Singer songwriter Ledisi breaks away from her usual ballads on the newest project and speeds things up a bit. The show starts off with Ledisi, joined by two dancers, strutting her stuff to “That Good Good” (my personal favorite off of The Truth). She made it known at the beginning of the show that the majority of the songs that night would be newer material. However, she did kick it old school for a portion of the show. During “Pieces of Me”, she walked out into the crowd and sang to all of her female fans. She even made her way up the stairs because “the balcony never gets any love.” The night ended with her latest single, “I Blame you”, complete with a chair dance routine.  Bad relationships may not be ideal but Ledisi’s new record proves that good can come from the bad. There are still a few more stops left on her tour.

May 16 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center

May 17 – Austin, TX – ACL Live

May 21 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre

May 22 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia

May 23 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues

May 24 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Jazz Festival

May 25 – Sacramento, CA – Woodlake Inn

Download Ledisi’s record The Truth and check out her live performance of “I Blame You” on David Letterman.

[EVENT] Mobb Deep Live In Nashville, TN (Photo Recap)

Mobb Deep came through Nashville, Tennesse venue Exit/In a couple of weeks ago as a packed house welcomed them. The Redbull Nashville team presented the show as the opening acts and local support came from DJ Rate and Soundselect artists Openmic and Jung Youth. While both emcees readied the crowd with their hip hop influenced tracks, the crowd patiently waited for the Queens, New York emcees to hit the stage. 2L’s On A Cloud contributing photographer, Andre ( @AndreTheArrogant) attended the show and captured awesome photos for those who were unable to catch the greatness live. Check out the photos below and on our Facebook Fanpage.

[EVENT] @TeganandSara Live at Marathon Music Works Tonight | Nashville, TN

Twin duo, Tegan & Sara will be in Nashville, TN tonight as their Lets Make Things Physical tour heads to Music City, USA. The show is set to be at Nashville venue, Marathon Music Works tonight.

Tegan and Sara’s 13-year career has seen them build an avid global following of fans and fellow musicians alike. Their unique ability to bridge the pop and indie worlds has allowed their music to cross all traditional boundaries of genre, from being covered by The White Stripes to collaborating with superstar DJs such as Tiesto and David Guetta. Having sold nearly 1 million career albums and toured with acts from The Killers to Neil Young, Tegan and Sara have now released their 7th studio album – Heartthrob – as internationally-celebrated songwriters, performers, and artists. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart, securing the band’s highest US chart position to date.
One of the best parts of a headline tour is getting to choose which bands will join the girls on the road! Sharing the stage with them will be Lucius, My Midnight Heart and The Courtneys! Each band has their own unique sound so we think you’ll love the line up they’ve put together. Take a look at the date listings below to see who will be joining them in your town!

If you need tickets to tonight’s show click here.

May 06, 2014 / Columbia, MO / The Blue Note ^*
May 07, 2014 / Louisville, KY / Mercury Ballroom ^*
May 08, 2014 / Covington, KY / The Madison Theater ^*
May 10, 2014 / Indianapolis, IN / Egyptian Room at The Old National Centre ^*
May 12, 2014 / Nashville, TN / Marathon Music Works ^*
May 13, 2014 / Chattanooga, TN / Track 29 ^*
May 14, 2014 / Charleston, SC / Music Farm ^*
May 15, 2014 / Atlanta, GA / The Buckhead Theatre ^*
May 16, 2014 / Jacksonville, FL / Ponte Vedra Concert Hall ^*
May 19, 2014 / Charlotte, NC / The Fillmore ^*
May 20, 2014 / Asheville, NC / The Orange Peel ^*
May 21, 2014 / Washington, DC / 9:30 Club ^*
May 22, 2014 / Washington, DC / 9:30 Club ^*
Jun 16, 2014 / Minneapolis, MN / First Avenue ^#
Jun 17, 2014 / Chicago, IL / The Vic Theatre ^#
Jun 18, 2014 / Chicago, IL / The Vic Theatre ^#
Jun 22, 2014 / New Haven, CT / Toad’s Place ^#
Jun 24, 2014 / New York, NY / Hammerstein Ballroom ^#
Jun 28, 2014 / Grand Rapids, MI / Meijer Gardens Amphitheater ^#

* With Lucius
^ With The Courtneys
# With My Midnight Heart

$1 from each pre-sale ticket purchase will be donated to NYCLU‘s Teen Activist Project. As an extra bonus, each pre-sale ticket purchased through our website will also be automatically entered to win a pair of our T+S Keep shoes signed by us!

[EVENT] Moogfest 2014 (Photo Recap + Review)

This past weekend 2Ls made a trip to the mountains of Asheville, NC for a week filled with music, technology, and art. Moogfest is a five day festival revolving around electronic music and experimentation with sound. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to be there for the entire week but we made it down for a weekend of great music in a beautiful city.Our Moogfest experience started with a performance by the German electronic band Kraftwerk. The band was there multiple nights to perform their 3D show. When entering the auditorium, the audience was handed a pair of 3D glasses to wear during the show. There was a huge screen behind the group with different visuals that had the full 3D effect. I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was but my mind was blown. I wouldn’t mind if a few other artists picked up this up.  Kraftwerk, I spent sometime at the outside stage that was open to the public. There was an awesome set up with different music exhibits, food trucks, and a stage. I was able to catch the end of Mix Master Mike‘s set.

 

I spent the majority of Friday at the Mad Decent Showcase with Gent & Jawns, Riff Raff, and Dillion Francis.

Gents & Jawnskicked off the showcase. I’m not really familiar with them but from what I saw it’s two dudes who make beats and remix songs. I must admit my favorite part of the set was their remix of “Drunk In Love” with Sailor Moon visuals playing in the background.

Riff Raff was second in line to perform. I love me some Riff Raff but the energy just wasn’t there for me. I felt like he was rushing through the set but couldn’t actually rush because he was just singing along to his tracks. However, I will admit that I am more excited for his upcoming album, Neon Icon, after seeing his show. The tracks that he played from the album sounded much more put together than what I’m used to hearing from him. His show also included huge cutouts of his dogs face, katy perry’s head, and his Neon Iconcover art.

I’m usually not one for straight electronic shows but Dillon Francisshut it down. His remixes were on point and the crowd really showed up for this performance. I got lost in his set. The hour and a half set seemed like 20 minutes.

On Saturday, I was able to catch Nile Rodgers featuring CHIC. This may have been my favorite performance of the weekend. I wasn’t aware of how many songs he’s been a part of until the show started. “We Are Family”, “I’m Coming Out”, “He’s the Greatest Dancer”, and “Le Freak” were all on the setlist. I was prepared and extremely happy I made that Pure Disco playlist a few months ago. During the show he announced that he is currently working on a new album and has a lot of collaborations with some big artists in the works right now.

I closed out my weekend with the one and only MIA. I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews about MIA’s Moogfest show on different blogs and twitter but I was extremely happy with it. However, that could be because I was stationed against the gate in the very front. I felt like it was just her and I in the room. I wish she would have played more songs from her current album but that’s my only complaint. Her stage was very simple. Just her, three dancers/background singers, and a screen with her usual visuals.

Overall, it was a great weekend. It’s always great being around a group of people who enjoy music as much as you do. Asheville is a great city for the arts and I hope this festival sees many more years. Check out the photos below.

 

[EVENT] Future Announces “Honest Tour,” Nashville, June 16 (Tickets On Sale Now)

Atlanta artist Future recently released the full schedule of his Honest Tour, which begins only a couple of weeks after the release of his Honest album. The tour is se to hit 45 cities beginning May 22nd and will feature opening performances from Que (single,OG Bobby Johnson) and Rico Love (single,They Don’t Know), as well as Bando Jonez on select dates. The tour will end in July in Canada.

His debut album Pluto, originally planned for January, was eventually released on April 17.[17][18] It included remixes of “Tony Montana” featuring Drake and “Magic” featuring T.I..[19] According to Future, “‘Magic’ was the first record T.I. jumped on when he came outta jail. Like, he was out of jail a day and he jumped straight on the ‘Magic’ record without me even knowing about it.”[19] The track became Future’s first single to enter the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[20] Other collaborators on the album include R. Kelly, Snoop Dogg and Trae Tha Truth.[21] On October 8, 2012, Pusha T released “Pain” featuring Future, the first single from his upcoming debut album.

FUTURE LIVE AT MARATHON MUSIC WORKS, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
Future, Que, and Rico Love will be live in Nashville, TN as the Honest tour makes a stop in Music City on June 16th. Tickets begin at $25 and are now available for purchase.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THE NASHVILLE SHOW

[EVENT] Vanderbilt Rites of Spring Festival 2014 (Photo Recap)


Vanderbilt University’s annual Rites of Spring took place last week and featured a great lineup of artists to go along with their yearly festivities. The festival has featured artists including Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, DJ WickIT, Hootie & The Blowfish, Baauer, and many more. This year’s festivities featured 2 Chainz, Steve Aoki, Ace Hood, Cherub, and many others.

The festival always brings out Vandy’s student population and is also open to those who simply just want to attend a quality event. 2L’s On A Cloud’s newly welcomed photographer, Andre was out for the festivities and captured performances, several fans absorbing the energy, and local vendors from the day’s events. Check out photos below and on our Facebook fan page.