Artist Spotlight: Kyle Dion

 


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It’s rare that you listen to such a sultry crooner that’s so inviting as Kyle Dion. This Florida native, L.A. based artist emits an aura that is both warm and energetic on-and-off stage. Three months ago, Kyle released his sophomore project, Painting Soundsan eclectic collection of iconic sounds that is sure to fit your every mood. Needless to say, when I heard his new song “Cool Side Of The Pillow,” I was intrigued.

As the smooth ergomatic vocals intertwine over the well produced track, it’s hard not to be captivated by the melody of Cool Side Of The Pillow. Starting the track with these honing guitar chords, you can draw into his somber lyrics of the emotional toll of an on-and-off relations. But as the song breathes more life with the drums and leads, it’s complemented with Kyle’s voice showing his wickedly beautiful range and warm soulful vibe of this track. Within an interview with Freelancer Magazine, Kyle has definitely addressed his musical future, and has expressed working on his debut album. Likewise Kyle’s been dropping singles all summer and with this new track, it’s sure to leave you anticipating his next project!

Links too Cool Side Of The Pillow, Painting Sounds, and Freelancer Magazine are all in the article.

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“Peace to the planet, and live awesome!”

-Kelby

Album Spotlight: Telefone

With the hip-hop landscape on a changing plateau of male dominance, and the talent pool of female MC’s is either growing or growing endangered (depending on where you look). Yet with her poetic sounds and relatability Noname has dialed in her spot as an up and coming rapper, will you answer the call?  ba99f8be65245a0069e98ca94acf3000

With her debut album Telefone, the 25 year-old Chicago native rapper has worked with the likes of artist such as Chance the rapper, Mick Jenkins, Ravyn Lenae and a song featured on the Netflix series Dear White People.  Showcasing her wordplay skills and witty delivery on topics of social economics, black america and politics, Noname has been climbing up the ranks of rap popularity. Telefone paints a sunny dispositions of vulnerability mixed with melodic bombastic sounds, and her life of growing up in Chicago Illinois.

Boasting ten tracks, Noname takes you on a journey of many different sounds and self reflections of her life in the “Windy City”. From the upbeat inspirational kickoff track of “Yesterday” to the reason she dropped “gypsy” from her rapper name in the ending track “Shadow Man,” she tackles many relatable topics in the 33 minute run time with nothing feeling out of place or rushed. Though praiseworthy Telefone it does have a drastic change in tone half way into the album, (too me it doesn’t throw off the overall theme) but it may sounds like two different albums in one. Personally I feel it artistically adds to the contrast of area she grew up in.

Overall this is a solid album that sports a lot of real life scenarios in a way that doesn’t come off as preachy or head bashing, and though the tone change can make it seem like it breaks the theme… it’s not a big issue. This album I do recommend for the music listener that likes a more jazz or boom bap sound that delivers good vibes.

9 out of/10

Notable Tracks:

  • Reality Check
  • Sunny Duet
  • Forever
  • All I Need

Live awesome, and peace to the planet

-Kelby

Festival of Free

In all my time spent dedicated to working, it’s nice to breath in fresh air and walk around the city. I’ve always loved walking in downtown Fort Worth it has this smooth vibe to it, and you never know what you’re going to get into. Most people on the weekends run to the borders of Dallas like it’s “God touched promised land,” yet Fort Worth always captures my eyes. Leave it to me to stumble into the Main Street Festival, plus when you say the word “blog,” free stuff just pours out.

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Like most adventures it starts with a random “I want to go somewhere,” and then off you go. I would love to say that I have some elaborate method I follow, but it’s honestly just that simple. I have a love of food and specifically fair food, and this festival had all the fair food you could want.

The first place that caught my eye was “Dolly’s,” Forth Worth based BBQ joint that’s been on the festival circuit since 1994, and has even been spotted on the show “Man vs. Food“.  Dolly’s is home to the “Bahama momma,” a well seasoned kielbasa complimented with a sweet pineapple fused krout on a toasted bun. It was a free “Bahama Momma,” just for the fact I said “blog“.

It’s nice to know that despite standing for hours on end, dealing with crazy Texas weather, and customers… Nothing says “turnt up” like a free corn dog, it justs tastes better than the one you pay for, and the guy’s made this blogger’s night.

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I promise not ALL of my time at the festival was spent eating, but a majority of it was. Though I was dropping the word “blog” as much as possible to get free Sh**T, I did spend money. I’m a firm believer in “if you spend money, spend it on what you want and never settle“. I saw a sign that said “Ribs: All you can eat,” and I did my best to eat as much as possible.

Risky’s ribs, welcome to Texas! (had fries, but I ate them before the pic)

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I also got a chance to see some well done metal work, I hate that at this time it looked like it was starting to rain. Yet it was really well done work, and it was something about this flamingo that I couldn’t resist taking a picture. The amount of detail that went into was amazing, plus I got a chance to catch the main act playing. I couldn’t find a set list to tell you who they were, but there were a lot of stages set up on all of Main Street and the pavilion. It’s safe to assume they were a “main act,” or at least paid enough to be on the big stage.

I also got into a fight with a bird…. (no questions please)

Other highlights included my Uber driver getting lost and having to help him navigate the city! He wanted me to give him a rating right on the spot, he dead ass watched me give him my rating. So for fear of my life or bringing dishonor to his household (you choose), I gave him the rating he so desired and went on my merry way, ending a beautiful night of free food & entertainment.

Peace to the planet, and live awesome“.

-Kelby

That “Damn” Kendrick

 

No matter where you stand with Kendrick Lamar, he’s been setting levels within the hip-hop community ever since his 2012 debut album “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City”. Yet now on the cusp of his fourth studio album, that features the kiltered sounds of tracks like “Humble” that fired veiled shots at Big Sean (and potentially Drake) or the lyrically impressive promo “The Heart Part 4,” I’m personally not mad at the album.

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Though a spark of controversy, the album bolsters an impressive 14 tracks. With single-word-titled cuts like “Lust,” “Love,” “Fear,” and, perhaps the  most oddly titled of all, “Duckworth”. Now, with Kendrick headlining Coachella and a live stream courtesy of Youtube, To Pimp a Butterfly and Good Kid M.A.A.D City are considered classics…. Could he go for a three-peat?