Vince Staples

Vince Staples @ The Riviera Theatre [CHI] - 3/12/2019

Vince Staples @ The Riviera Theatre [CHI] - 3/12/2019

At the Chicago stop on his Smile! You’re On Camera tour, Vince Staples reinforced what we already knew: Get the fuck off his dick, he’s going to do what he wants.

The Long Beach-born rapper, now known as much for his no b.s. interview responses and acerbic Twitter barbs as he is for his music, performed in front of a stage-width screen with cameras pointed at the audience, a play on both the constantly evolving dynamics of how audiences receive live shows (both Staples’ and more generally), as well as America’s all-seeing surveillance state.


Tyler, the Creator @ The Anthem - 2/25/2018

Tyler, the Creator @ The Anthem - 2/25/2018

In 2017, about five years post peak Odd Future mania, the collective’s frontman Tyler, the Creator released an album titled Flower Boy. At first glance, the title itself signals a complete departure from the content of his previous records titled Goblin, Wolf, and Cherry Bomb. Once notoriously known for the obnoxity surrounding his music and antics, Tyler has displayed significant character growth, no longer receiving bans from countries like the U.K. However, Tyler’s colorful personality is still apparent, and he was more than ready to let loose in support of his most polished and commercially successful album to date. The milestone rewarded him a sold-out Anthem venue of 6,000 people consisting of day-one die hard stans and new fans.


Episode 328: Best Of 2017

Episode 328: Best Of 2017

It's likely that we'll look back at 2017 as the year almost everything fell apart, downerism ruled the land, and we came very close to being broken as a people. 

But we didn't break. We made it. And on this final installment of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast for 2017, we're discussing the music that lifted us up, dropped us down, and sometimes even showed us the way, but never, ever let us down.

Thanks for tuning in all year. We'll see you soon. Until then be good to your ears, but be better to your people...


All Things Go Fall Classic 2017 @ Union Market - 10/6/2017 - 10/8/2017

All Things Go Fall Classic 2017 @ Union Market - 10/6/2017 - 10/8/2017

Last year, DC-based music blog All Things Go went bigger with the Fall Classic, their day-long music festival, by moving from Union Market to Yards Park and booking well-known talent like Sylvan Esso and Empire of the Sun. (Of course, the incessant rain caused some major mud pits and annoyances, but that’s beside the point and beyond their control.) But with the exception of local rapper Ace Cosgrove, the day was a synth-pop-heavy affair. This year, though, the organizers expanded the event to three days, and more interestingly, aimed to curate a more diverse lineup by day, which meant bringing in some diverse tastemakers from around town. With some know-how from electronic/dance tastemakers Nu Androids (who regularly host dance parties at spaces like Flash and Soundcheck) for Friday’s lineup and hip-hop/R&B-focused Broccoli City (who throw a DC music festival of their own in the spring) for Saturday, the All Things Go crew brought the music back to Union Market in the hopes of bringing the various music scenes together for one weekend.


Gorillaz @ Merriweather Post Pavilion - 7/17/2017

Gorillaz @ Merriweather Post Pavilion - 7/17/2017

In an interview following the release of The Fall in 2011, Damon Albarn was quoted as saying that it was unlikely that Gorillaz, his collaboration with artist Jamie Hewlett, would put out another album. But times change, and after an even more improbable reunion when Blur put out The Magic Whip in 2015, Albarn announced in October of that year that he and Hewlett had begun work on a new record. The results of those efforts finally came out in April of this year with the release of Humanz, a 20-track tour de force that saw Albarn digging even deeper into the electronica and hip-hop influences behind the project, and deeper into the political climate (even though the album was recorded prior to the votes for Brexit and for Trump, parts of it seem almost prescient), than he ever had before. Along with the album came the announcement of a world tour, and the excitement was so high that the band’s stop at Merriweather Post Pavilion (not a small venue) sold out almost instantly, months in advance.


Episode 298: Big Fish Theory - Vince Staples

Episode 298: Big Fish Theory - Vince Staples

With a string of mixtapes, EP's, and one LP behind him, hip-hop's Vince Staples has been making a mark on the new-rap landscape for years now. On his new album Big Fish Theory, he's taking the art form into the future and bringing us all along for the ride.

Kevin, Marcus Dowling (Decades/Capital Wrestling), and Joe Lapan (Songbyrd Music House) dig into this landmark effort from the young MC, and consider what this means for the future of hip-hop, where Staples is going to land once he comes down from the stratosphere, and much, much more. 

PLUS! Get to know the superfly jams of R&B/jazz/hip-hop supergroup The Pollyseeds before their album Sounds of Crenshaw, Vol 1 drops on 7/14. (This Friday!)


"Big Fish" - Vince Staples

"Big Fish" - Vince Staples

Sounds Like:

If Calvin Harris met Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre in the early ‘90s.

Why You Should Care:

Vince Staples’ new album Big Fish Theory is here and his latest single “Big Fish,” is a somewhat-pop-take on the tribulations of growing up in Long Beach, CA. In true Vince fashion, the song plays on the themes of water and fish through its video and lyrics:

“Swimming upstream while I'm tryna keep my bread
From the sharks make me wanna put the hammer to my head.”


Episode 280: Humanz - Gorillaz

Episode 280: Humanz - Gorillaz

Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett's virtual super-group Gorillaz are back for another round on their latest LP Humanz. Never ones to shy away from collaboration, this time their bringing along the likes of Vince Staples, Popcaan, D.R.A.M., Grace Jones, Anthony Hamilton, De La Soul, Danny Brown, Kelela, Mavis Staples, Pusha T, Benjamin Clementine. and more to bring their often dark vision of a barely distant future to life once again. In the age of Trump, is Humanz the right album at exactly the right time, or are we still left waiting for a hero to arrive? Marcus Dowling joins Kevin in the basement to suss it out. 

PLUS! Jason A. Mullinax's Time Being is here, and we've got your ticket to a trip through some avante-pop goodness.