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MUSIC: My SweetLife Festival 2015 Picks

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Around this time of year, life gets just a little sweeter...


At the peak of the season, Sweetgreen hosts an incredible environmentally conscious, health-focused and fun-loving festival called Sweetlife, and rightfully so, because when you put that combination of things together, that's exactly what you're living.

The festival only gets better every year - chocked full of artists I'm already a huge fan of and others I'm grateful to have been put on to.

This year the festival has expanded to takeover an entire weekend and will feature artists like Kendrick Lamar, Vic Mensa, Allen Stone, Calvin Harris, The Weeknd and SZA -  just to name a few!

So with that said...

...Here's my 'Must See 10' list for 2015's Sweetlife festival:


Wednesday Link Up // Vol. 23 - Pimping Butterflies & Learning Love Through Pain

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

"Music in the soul can be heard by the universe."
- Lao Tzu

Last week in music... 

...the good kidd dropped his highly anticipated LP To Pimp A Butterfly. I've heard each track at least 10 times, and I'm still not sure how to describe my experience other than to say that the first time I heard it all the way through it was unintentional. I was getting ready for work and I figured I could play a few minutes of it as background music, but half way through the first track I sat down and then I barely moved... for an hour... Very rarely is it a MUST to consume whole albums this way, but if you don't listen to it all the way through, in order, at least once, you're doing yourself a disservice. 

Everyone's favorite follow up question is, "What's your favorite track?" ... and it honestly changes everyday. 'King Kunta' is undoubtedly a hit single; expect to hear it on rotation at parties this summer. Kendrick worked his 'Swimming Pools' magic on that one, but right now my go-to's are 'You Ain't Gotta Lie,' 'Hood Politics,' 'Institutionalized' and 'Alright.'


I definitely don't want to forget to mention 'For Sale?''s conversation with 'Lucy' and 'Mortal Man''s easter egg interview with Tupac at the end, which were definitely two of the biggest highlights on the LP, in my opinion.

(And then I remember his OutKast invoking spoken word on 'For Free?' and the pain well executed on 'u' and I'm starting to run into that problem where you can't pick one specific thing because it's all so damn good...)

Let's move on...

Wednesday Link Up // Vol. 22 - Tim Burton Tackles Circus Life & Dr. Marten and Adventure Time Team Up!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

What time is it?! 
It's Wednesday Link Up Time! 

Wear adventure on your feet! 
The other day while I was heading to Petco to get some food my guinea babies, I passed by the Dr. Martens shop and caught sight of the Adventure Time boots in the window - SAY WHAT?! Yes, Dr. Martens and Adventure Time have a collab collecction that's ALMOST as amazing as the Sanrio colleciton (but not really, because I would have totally copped myself a pair of the Sanrio joints) STILL it's pretty f*cking awesome! 


More collaboration magic ahead... 

I Aim to Keep Promises Like Kendrick...

Friday, March 6, 2015

Time flies... 
Is it really March already?! 
and where the hell have I been? 

It's been a testing first two months of 2015, but somehow I've managed to survive it all beautifully and with less stress than I would have anticipated - how? I can only thank the holy stars and the power of prayer. 

Before I get all preachy on ya, let me get to it! 

Promise that you will sing about me... 
It's been stuck in my head ALL week. Out of the blue, one day last weekend it just popped into my frontal lobe and never left. I've tried every method of derailing the repeat loop, but nothing has worked, so I submit to the awesomeness (and I could always use the brush up on the lyrics...). 

As if my iphone's shuffle miraculously landing on this song everyday wasn't enough of a sign - today on my headphoneless subway ride to work, I thought I was going out of my mind when I faintly heard the song playing nearby (I mean, it's from 2012!), but sure enough the girl holding the pole right in front of me was bopping her head along to the music. 

It's only right that as a fan I do my part to immortalize this joint and cause fans to dust it off and hit play.



If all goes well... 

I'll be seeing Kendrick Lamar at the Sweetlife Music Festival this year. It'll be my second time witnessing the magic of his Compton-inspired poetry live.  /fingerscrossed!

I'll post more about it next week, but if you're as impatient as I am, check out this year's Sweetlife Fest lineup now.

I'll be back! 

xx
Shanis


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