Anthony David at The Shrine (Chicago) – 3/19

On Saturday, March 19th, iNSPiRE, in association with Giant Step and Dusty Groove America, bring soul to The Shrine in Chicago. Singer-songwriter Anthony David will be backed by Verzatile, with special guest Marz G and DJ Mark Fullaflava.

Atlanta-based Anthony David is best known for his hit 2008 single “Words,” [Youtube] a duet with India.Arie, but his career started long before then. An accomplished songwriter, his working relationship with Arie began in 2001 when he contributed the song “Part of My Life” to her 7x Grammy nominated album Acoustic Soul. Since then, he has released 4 albums and toured extensively. His latest album As Above So Below (3/22) shows him teaming up with Nashville’s Shannon Sanders, and features guest artists such as upcoming Atlanta songstress Algebra, rapper Phonte of Little Brother, and Shawn Stockman of Boys II Men. So if you’ll be in Chi-town this weekend, mark your calendars for Saturday and get tickets!

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James Blake – B Sides and Tour Dates

James Blake is addictive; we’re still hungry well after the release of his self-titled debut album. And lucky for us, Blake was generous enough to upload exclusive B-side tracks from The Wilhelm Scream 12″ single: “What Was It You Said About Luck” and “Half Heat Full (Old Circular).” Along with these new tracks, James Blake has announced his tour dates. Tonight he’ll be in Brooklyn; see the full list of dates after the jump.

James Blake – “What Was It You Said About Luck”

 

James Blake – “Half Heat Full (Old Circular)”

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Blaqstarr Remixes & SXSW Performances


It’s that time of year. Austin is heating up with big plans for SXSW 2011. Blaqstarr is one of the talented new artists out to showcase his skills – you can catch him at any of the performances listed below. Blaqstarr also just released some remixes of “Rider Girl,” a track from his new Divine EP. The single gets a full remix treatment from Sydney Samson, Mux Mool, Nadastrom and Blaqstarr himself. The remixes shine a different kind of light on Blaqstarr’s voice, giving new life to the single. “Rider Girl” also came with a great video; watch it here.

Blaqstarr – “Rider Girl” (Mux Mool Remix)
 

Stream more “Rider Girl” remixes, and buy the original Divine EP on iTunes.

Blaqstarr at SXSW 2011
Thursday, March 17th – RCRDLABEL SHOWCASE
Thursday, March 17th – Baltimore Love Thing
Friday, March 18th – 508 House sponsored by Virgin Mobile
Friday, March 18th – Loose Control Party at VICE
Saturday, March 19th – La Zona Rosa – WME Showcase

Win Tickets for a Weekend in Philly with Questlove, Keren Ann and Rennie Harris Puremovement – 4/16 – 4/18


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Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) is offering a contest to win a full weekend getaway to see Questlove and the hip-hop dance company Rennie Harris Puremovement, plus an art exhibition by The African American Museum of Philadelphia which looks at African American expatriate artists during early 20th Century Paris.

We give away concert tickets often, but it’s a rare opportunity to giveaway a full-on vacation: this includes transportation, a two-night stay at The Doubletree Hilton, tickets to the dance performance (4/16), tickets to the Questlove performance with Keren Ann (4/17), free admission to the museum exhibit and some free local food.

Enter to win here; good luck!

Giant Step & Dusty Groove Present: Bilal Live in Chicago, March 5th

On March 5th, Bilal brings his own live band to the windy city for a rare Chicago performance by the Philadelphia-born Soulquarian. Bilal’s 2010 album Airtight’s Revenge was arguably one of the best soul albums of the year, getting incredible feedback from both his peers and the press. The remixes, the covers and videos that came along with it were all leading to this – the tour. If you’re in Chicago next weekend, catch Bilal at The Shrine, presented by Giant Step and Dusty Groove, to experience the voice Janelle Monáe once described as a Van Gogh painting.

Doors open at 8pm, performance is at 9pm.
Also featuring special guests.
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