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  • Eye On Tech: Our Favorite New App

    October 16, 2013   Want to practice getting your cypher on?  Check out Rhymes With Friends, our new favorite app. If you’ve ever walked past a freestyling contest and pretended like you weren’t interested but secretly were, here’s your chance to put those closet rhyming skills to the test. The app is pretty simple to use: you get three words and write a freestyle poem with them (it doesn’t actually have to rhyme) which your friends can rate. You can play Solo or challenge your friends to a Poetry Slam, and can also choose to publish poems to a digital book. 

  • Ones To Watch Artists Design Kicks For A Cause!

    October 16, 2013   What’s better than getting a pair of custom Converse sneakers designed by your favorite musician? When the proceeds go to raising awareness for cancer, of course! In collaboration with Converse and Sharpie, Warner Music Australia has commissioned a crew of music artists, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bruno Mars, Skrillex, & Ones To Watch’s Portugal. The Man and Atlas Genius to do just that for their custom sneaker auction, In Their Shoes, which goes live on eBay from October 24 to October 29. The auction of 70 custom sneakers will help raise funds during October’s Cancer Awareness month. Pictured above are the awesome designs for the charity initiative by Portugal. The Man frontman John Gourley. [Bonus: Stream their exclusive new track, “Oh Boy,” here.] Even if you can’t beat the betters next week, stay tuned here and at Warner Music’s blog, Cool Accidents, for more sneaker reveals! 

  • Chase Rice's new EP, Ready Set Roll, is available for ...

    October 15, 2013   Chase Rice's new EP, Ready Set Roll, is available for download today! Six additional songs have never done country music so good.Get it now on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/GetReadySetRoll

  • Listen To A New Track ft. Birthday Girl Jessie Ware

    October 15, 2013   Jessie Ware - who turns 29 today - has collaborated with artists from SBTRKT to A$AP Rocky since her early days of fame. Now she’s at it again - check out British producer Julio Bashmore’s snappy new track, Peppermint, which features Jessie. Listen to the track and see Jessie on her fall tour – details at http://ones2wat.ch/jessieware

  • Who’da Thought? M.I.A. & Donatella Versace Collaborate

    October 15, 2013   [Photo: Versus Versace] In a slightly unexpected twist on music and fashion’s crossover threshold, Donatella Versace and M.I.A. are now business partners. Their new counterfeit-inspired collection, M.I.A. x Versus Versace, will go on sale tomorrow. The 19-piece collection features prints inspired by the countless Versace knockoff pieces being created and sold throughout the world. Bonus: if you were looking to spice up your fall wardrobe on a not-so-baller budget, the pieces are debuting via Versus, the brand’s slightly more economic line. “Versace’s designs have always been copied, now it’s Versace that copies the copies, so those that copy must copy the copies,” M.I.A. was reported saying at last month’s Paris Fashion Week, when news of the collaboration first broke.   “The collection represents all that I love of the new Versus Versace: it’s fast, it’s noisy, it’s brazen and it blends the world of music with that of fashion,” said Donatella Versace of the line. The unexpected partnership between the Grammy Award-winning artist and the Italian fashion house herself isn’t as foreign as you’d think. Before her recording career took off, M.I.A. was a visual artist and filmmaker in the creative bubble of London’s West End. The singer’s fourth studio album, Matangi, is out next month. Check out a track below. You can shop M.I.A. x Versus Versace tomorrow here. 

  • chvrches: Behind the scenes on tour. Shot on the road ...

    October 14, 2013   chvrches: Behind the scenes on tour. Shot on the road in Europe in 2013. Directed by Sing J Lee.The Bones Of What You Believe out now: Standard: http://po.st/TBOWYB I Special: http://po.st/TBOWYBSpecial Congrats to CHVRCHES for being nominated for Best Newcomer in the European Festival Awards! Vote for them here: ow.ly/pIyqZ 

  • Blackberry's Back: OTW Alum Blackberry Smoke Announce 2014 Tour

    October 14, 2013   Our very first Ones To Watch artist, Blackberry Smoke, have announced they are headlining their Fire In The Hole Tour in 2014. If you missed them the first time around, don’t make the same mistake twice - check back here for pre-sale dates this week! For a sneak peak at what’s in store on the road with BBS, watch below. 

  • Festival Watch: Our Picks From Culture Collide 10/10-10/12

    October 14, 2013   Here at Ones To Watch, nothing sets us off on happy life tangents more than discovering new music that rocks. Naturally, we jump at any opportunity to do so – which is how we found ourselves in L.A.’s Echo Park for this weekend’s Culture Collide Fest. The fourth annual arts festival thrown by FILTER Magazine featured a lineup of musicians from all around the globe and surprises along the way, including a creative panel kickoff featuring keynote speaker Moby (awesome) and tacos from Iceland (yum). Basically, we were blown away by the amount of talent the world brought. Below are a list of the acts that stood out to us the most. The Men (US)  [Photo: Kate Griffin] From Brooklyn, NY, the men of The Men won us over with their fuzzy, post-punk rock sounds they brought to the festival. Their new EP, Campfire Songs, is out today via Sacred Bones Records. The collection of five tracks was literally recorded around a burning fire during the band’s sessions for their 2013 album, New Moon.   The Raveonettes (Denmark)  [Photo: William Le] The Raveonettes proved they were just as good live as we hoped they’d be. That their latest album, Observator, was recorded in the same studio on Sunset where The Doors recorded many records came as no surprise – this bicoastal duo from Denmark are well on their way to making an even bigger name for themselves in American rock.   Bagheera (US) The beginning  of Friday night brought one of our earliest finds with Houston DJ, Aidan Kennedy. As Bagheera, his funky, upbeat mix of urban and primitive dance music had the crowd in high spirits for the rest of the evening.  Birth of Joy (The Netherlands) One of the buzzbands of Friday night was psychedelic rock trio, Birth of Joy. Their live set had the entire festival talking about the Dutch group, who self-classify as “Sixties on Steroids.”  Rhye (US, Denmark, Canada) [Photo: Live on Jimmy Kimmel] Rhye (pronounced like “rye”) has been quite the talk of town lately, and with every good reason. The sublime synthesis of Mike Milosh’s ethereal vocals and Robin Hannibal’s soulful blend of jazz and electronic instrumentals made for a positively cerebral live experience. Their new album, Woman, debuted in May via Republic Records. Kid Karate (Ireland) “Two Boys. Make Noise” reads Kid Karate’s Facebook About section. That is both a truth and an understatement for this rock duo from Dublin, who had the entire floor at The Echo floored from the first few notes of “Heart.”  Duologue (UK) Of course we had to make it out and support our favorite guys from the UK, Duologue. Finally having recouped from jetlag, they played a solid live set in the back of a cozy French restaurant which, by the looks of it, garnered a whole new room of fans just in time for the release of their new album, Song & Dance. 

  • Eye On Film: 'CBGB'

    October 13, 2013   New York’s infamous punk rock club CBGB may have been closed for years, but its grimy legacy lives on in the new feature film CBGB. Directed by Randall Miller (Bottle Shock), the movie pays tribute to the club and emerging New Wave and punk bands it lifted and abetted at the height of the hardcore punk culture of the 1970s and 1980s. CBGB follows the rise and fall of the original 315 Bowery and its notorious owner, the moody Hilly Kristal (Alan Rickman), with an appetizing list of fictional portrayals including the Ramones, Talking Heads, Velvet Underground, and Iggy Pop. Sting’s daughter, Mickey Sumner, appears as Patti Smith while the Police too appear in fictionalized form. In celebration of the movie premiere, this weekend New York hosted the 2013 CBGB Music and Film Festival, which featured a free live concert in Times Square with headliners including My Morning Jacket, Grizzly Bear, Divine Fits and our friends Atlas Genius and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. [Watch this awesome cover of “Don’t Do It” by My Morning Jacket and Jakob Dylan.] And if you needed a different reason to go see the film, there’s a mini Harry Potter reunion as well. In addition to Alan Rickman (who played Professor Snape in the box-office crushing films) the film stars Rupert Grint, who played Harry’s sidekick Ron Weasley, as Cheetah Chrome, frontman of punk band the Dead Boys.

  • Weekend Fix: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

    October 12, 2013   What’s on your playlist this weekend? Here at Ones To Watch, we’ve got Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s new LP, The Speed of Things, soundtracking our festivities! This cheeky pair of Detroit natives took a minute from throwing high-energy, antic-filled live shows to piece together a followup to their irresistably dancey 2011 debut, It’s A Corporate World. If you’re a fan of buzzy, feel-good music, then we highly recommend you check out “Hiding” and “If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On The Dancefloor)” below. Catch these guys on tour with Atlas Genius and Family of the Year! Find tickets here: http://ones2wat.ch/atlasgeniusmain

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