The Social Blog

  1. Larry King & T-Pain: Auto-Tune Edition


    News legend Larry King recently sat down with T-Pain on Pivot’s “TakePart Live” and played a good ol’ game of spin the wheel, but with an epic Auto-Tune twist. The two stars sang their answers to the question: “What would you do if you became president?” and the results are pretty hilarious. Check it out below!

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    Singer, rapper, and producer T-Pain bursted on the music scene in 2005, and he has been creating chart-topping hits ever since. He recently released his third album, ‘THR33 RINGZ’ and is hitting the road this summer on his “Drankin Patna Tour.”

    T-Pain is performing at The Beacham on August 11th with Snootie Wild, Bando Jonez, Rich Kidz, and Mykell Vaughn. Tickets range between $25 to $45. You can purchase your tickets here for the show!

  2. Tchami Taking Over KONTROL on July 29


    Listed as one of Vice’s “30 DJs to Watch in 2014,” Tchami is ready to conquer America with his self-described “soundtrack of the deepest moments of your life.” Originally from Paris, Tchami blew up around the world last summer with his remix of Janet Jackson’s “Go Deep.” He soon followed with the release of “Promesses” and “Shot Caller” on an EP for Fool’s Gold Clubhouse. He’s also remixed AlunaGeorge’s “You Know You Like It,” Oliver’s “MYB,” and “Turn It Up” by fellow Parisian producer/DJ, Mercer.

    Tchami recently released a tribute to Marshall Jefferson’s 1986 dance classic, “Move Your Body.” Check it out below!

    Tchami will be performing at The Beacham for KONTROL on Tuesday, July 29th with BIG MAKK and Phoenix Jagger. Ticket prices range from $15 to $20. Purchase your tickets here!

  3. House Music Legend Derrick Carter coming to The Social

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    Named one of the most important players in dance music, Derrick Carter has been in the house music scene since the late ’80s. He began DJ’ing when he was 9 years old, spinning records at family gatherings in the western suburbs of Chicago. As Carter grew up, he worked at dance music speciality stores and played local DJ gigs. His debut single “Love Me Right” was released in 1987, and a few years later he released multiple singles and an album as Sound Patrol. Several mix albums and two labels later, Derrick Carter has become a legend by incorporating house with old-school disco, soul, jazz and whatever else catches his ear.

    Just this past weekend, Derrick Carter played a set at Tomorrowland, an electronic music festival in Belgium. Check out a highlight of his performance at Tomorrowland 2012 below!

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    Derrick Carter will be performing with Queens of Noise at The Social this Friday, July 25th. Ticket prices range from $15 to $25. Be sure to get your tickets here for the show!

  4. See St. Vincent at The Beacham on October 7

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    St. Vincent has been blowing up over the past three years, constantly recording and touring all across the world. In 2011 she released her third album, ‘Strange Mercy,’ which was named “one of the year’s best” by the New York Times and “something to behold” by Pitchfork. That record earned her the covers of SPIN, Paper, and Under the Radar, performances everywhere from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Fallon to Letterman and Conan, and a year-long sold-out tour of her biggest venues to date. Since then she has released two more albums, ‘Love This Giant’ in 2012 and ‘St. Vincent’ in 2013. More recently, St. Vincent wowed audiences with a full set on Live on Letterman in the historic Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. Check out the entire performance below!

    St. Vincent has been on the road for her Digital Witness Tour for most of 2014, and she’s performing at The Beacham on October 7th. Ticket prices range from $25 to $40. Get your tickets here!

  5. See Kurt Vile & The Violators and Beach Fossil at The Social

    Saturday, November 2, see Kurt Vile perform with his backing band, The Violators, as well as lofi indie pop band, Beach Fossils, in a grand night full of fuzz at Orlando’s coolest venue, The Social.

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    These are some of the biggest and critically acclaimed lofi bands to emerge out of the last decade of music, bringing stylistic pop into indie rock territory with hints of psychedelic.

    Kurt Vile is a heavily acclaimed musician who performs live with his backing band, The Violators. His fourth album, Smoke Ring for My Halo, garnered major attention, with publications like Mojo placing the album at #12 on its “Top 50 albums of 2011″ list, Uncut pacing it at #14, and Pitchfork ranking the album as #16. His latest album, Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze, was described by Pitchfork’s Jayson Green as Vile’s most spacious, becalmed record yet, and it contains some of his best-ever brand of cosmic stand-up…feels like the culmination of Vile’s quest to get away from people, noises, civilization and find somewhere to sit and whistle his own tune.”

  6. Come See Mount Kimbie, Jonwayne, and D33J on October 14

    On October 14, The Social is housing some underground heroes from the terrific Warp Records, Stones Throw, and Anticon: Mount Kimbie, Jonwayne, and D33J. This perfect trio is performing for one incredible night at The Social for $15.

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    D33J is opening the night up with tranquil beats and lucid textures, setting the mood for a hazy and dreamlike night jam. The Californian musician is apart of Wedidit Collective, which includes Shlohmo, Juj, Ground Is Lava, and a handful of other talented electronic artists. He will be performing songs from his two EPs until its Jonwayne‘s turn to take the stage.

    Jonwayne is a rapper/producer signed to legendary hip-hop label, Stones Throw. While his debut album, Rap Album One, doesn’t drop until October 29, Jonwayne will be performing one of his numerous hip-hop cuts he’s previous put out on various cassette tapes and instrumental releases. His flawless flow and booming beats will lead into the night’s main event: Mount Kimbie.

    Mount Kimbie is a powerful act in the post-dubstep scene, critically acclaimed and well-respected by their peers. The duo seems to strive for greatness as their latest album, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, sees the two progress from earlier sounds, creating intricate layers of electronic clicking and booming. NME called their newest album “ruthless in their pursuit of greatness,” while DJ Mag said the album brought a “bolder and more confident sound.” The two DJs will be performing songs from their latest album in addition to songs from their debut, Crooks & Lovers, live at The Social for an incredible experience!

    Do not miss this incredible line-up! The show is all ages and only $15, so reserve your ticket today for a fantastic night at The Social.

  7. See STRFKR this Wednesday at The Social

    This Wednesday, Portland natives STRFKR are coming to The Social to promote their latest effort, Miracle Mile. The synthy, dancey, indie poppy, electronic blending band are performing in less than two days, playing songs from their four album discography and getting support by bands Chrome Sparks and Feelings.

    Since the band’s emergence in 2008, STRFKR made waves through numerous blogs and Internet publications for their catchy pop tunes. Performing songs from their original self-titled, Starfucker, as well as 2009′s Jupiter, 2011′s Reptilians, and this year’s Miracle Mile, this will indeed be a very danceable show. With a similar synthy-indie pop style to Passion Pit and MGMT, their contagious catchiness will be the cause of celebration Wednesday night.

    STRFKR is happily being supported at The Social with two other solid musical acts:  Chrome Sparks and Feelings. Chrome Sparks is an exciting act to see playing live, providing a chillout atmosphere that is still laced with groovy bass lines and danceable tunes, really creating a great show experience.  Feelings is a dark, lofi sounding artist, complete with lots of synths and bass.

    STRFKR tickets are $20 at the door, so if purchased before the show, the better the price is. Grab your ticket to see STRFKR, Feelings, and Chrome Sparks for $17 now.

  8. See Anamanaguchi & Kitty this Tuesday at The Social

    If Furbees, video games, neon colors, and the Internet interest you even somewhat, you may already know of Anamanaguchi and Kitty Pryde. The two of been the leading wave of music blog talk since premiering, circulating the likes of Tumblr and geeky websites alike.

    For those who don’t already know of Anamanaguchi, here’s quick run-down:

    The four-piece band started creating music in 2004, and debuted their first EP, Power Supply, in 2006. The band used a combination of 8bit sounds from old Nintendo gaming systems from the mid to late 80′s with the NES and Gameboy, along with a touch of “simple pop,” self described as being similar to Weezer and Beach Boys. They dropped their debut LP, Dawn Metropolis, in 2009, and received critical acclaim. The following years were spent crafted video game soundtracks for Bit.Trip Runner and the popular Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game. They launched a Kickstarter to raise money for their latest album, Endless Fantasy (in which they’re promoting this tour!) and in just 11 hours, their funding goal of $50,000 was reached, but ultimately was backed by 7,253 people who contributed a grand total of $277,399, making Anamanguchi‘s Endless Fantasy the second-successful music related Kickstarter, behind Amanda Palmer.

    Here’s a gem from Anamanaguchi‘s latest album, Endless Fantasy, titled “Meow,” which is a neon-colored video of an amazing time at the county fair riddled in numerous cat samples.

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    The band also recorded a music video for the album’s title track in which they launched a slice of pizza into space. The band’s bass player, James DeVito, received an email from an environmental medicine professor at NYU, who learned about the video after a family found the pizza landed in their backyard. They almost lost all the footage, had the family called the NY bomb squad about the incident.

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    Floridian rapper, Kitty, has been steadily skipping through the Internet since her viral debut last year. She got the attention of rapper RiFF RAFF, and the two collaborated on a song called “Orion’s Belt,” which has garnered over a million views on YouTube so far. Her delivery is extremely lazy and super casual, almost stumbling over the beats she chooses to play over. Her success drives from Tumblr and other social media outlets, gathering the attention of both peers and music critics. Her song, “Ok Cupid,” ranked number 17 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of top 50 songs of 2012.

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    Kitty takes production from numerous sources, such as boyfriend Hot Sugar (who produced the track above), Beautiful Lou, and GRANT Beats, who will be opening the show on Tuesday night. GRANT Beats has released a few tapes on Bandcamp, combining 90′s boom bap with modern southern/trap influence.

    The show will be absolutely insane and it’s almost sold out. Admirers of Anamanaguchi already know what Tuesday night will bring alongside them, including vivid colored spectrums, a costumed audience, and probably lots of Furbees. Don’t miss your opportunity to party with one of the coolest bands to have ever performed, this Tuesday night, at The Social.

    See Anamanguchi, Kitty, and GRANT Beats for $10 by buying your tickets in advanced, via TicketFly.

    $12 at the door, all ages.

  9. Music Video: Kurt Vile – KV Crimes

    From his Wakin on a Pretty Daze album, Kurt Vile has released this music video for “KV Crimes,” directed by Tom Scharpling. The video has Vile being paraded around Philadelphia and being worshipped like the Philly king he is.

    His label, Matador, notes that August 28 will be officially Kurt Vile Day in Philly, which has been officially named by the city’s mayor. Kurt Vile will be presented a Liberty Bell Award on August 28. Matador describes the award as “the highest honor the City can bestow upon one of its citizens… given only to native Philadelphians, and presented in recognition of outstanding professional achievements and civic generosity.”