Music

Surrey Fusion Festival

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Tonight we went and checked out the Surrey Fusion Festival, the ultimate celebration of music, food & culture. There were tons of great bands playing all day long, and a variety of tasty food from local vendors.

The main attraction for us was seeing Kyprios & K-OS live on the Main Stage!

Kyprios was up first, and he blew us away. He has such a powerful stage presence, and so much energy, he draws the crowd right in. It was a really chill, feel good, hip hop performance. He also threw down a medley of classic rap/hip hop songs by Snoop Dogg, Wutang Clan, The Roots and Dr.Dre! So cool.
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Kyprios Bio:

Kyprios has been a cornerstone for live hip hop since his ‘Mic Tease’ EP dropped in 2000. Pledging to push boundaries of sampled hip hop by utilizing live musicians, Kyp is identified by his fleshed out, full bodied musical style.

Writing songs from the ground up, Kyprios is known for his infectious melodies, thought provoking lyrics and his elaborate live performance. The industry has taken notice through a variety of affirmations: 2 solo Juno nominations, 2 Juno nominations from his time with Sweatshop Union, a Gemini nomination, plus a Jessie and a Betty win from writing music for the theatre in both BC and Calgary.

Kyp has seen both sides of the industry. He was signed to Sony where he released ‘Say Something’ in 2004 and has been independent since 2008, releasing ’12:12′ shortly thereafter.

In 2011, Kyp released a fun song about his beloved Vancouver Canucks entitled ‘How The West Was One’ which propelled him to perform in Rogers arena just prior to the puck being dropped in game one of the Stanley Cup Finals. Kyprios donated all of the songs proceeds to Canuck Place.

Kyp continues to tour and was recently back in the USA promoting his most recent offering ‘The Lap Dog EP’ while headlining with his group The Chaperones.

He has made numerous appearances in television and film and is one of the voices for Michael Jordan’s website jumpman23.com. Kyp is eagerly anticipating his next release ‘The Midnight Sun.’

Bio from: http://www.kyprios.com

K-OS
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K-OS killed it, and even sang a few of his older, classic hits like Crabbuckit and Man I Used To Be. He also performed a cover of Rihanna’s song ‘Umbrella’!

K-OS Bio:

With over 27,000 singles already sold between “Dog is Mine” and “NYCE 2 KNOW YA”, k-os propels his innovative, provocative, ground-breaking, fearless and incredibly talented reputation by crisscrossing genres and radio formats challenging conventional genres. BLack on BLonde is two slamming records: one album of rock tunes, on which k-os sings and plays drums, guitar and bass, and one album of old-school hip hop jams.

With an impressive history to say the least…he’s twice gone platinum, toured with Drake, recorded with The Chemical Brothers, won a Source award, won multiple JUNO and Much Music Video Awards (with a staggering combined 34 nominations!) and was a 2005 Grammy-nominee, k-os continues to challenge himself and the industry as a whole. “I consider myself to be hip hop’s first alternative/emo-rapper, and now it feels like the game’s finally caught up to me,” says k-os. “It’s my job to take the music to the next level.”

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Artist: Matt Corby
Song: Resolution

At only 22 years old, Matt Corby is making his mark on the music industry. Matt began his career at age 16 on the reality show Australian Idol where he came in second place. He’s released 4 EP’s, and is currently writing new music for his debut album and playing secret garden shows across the world.

His new EP ‘Resolution’ was released on July 10, 2013 and the EP also includes tracks Lay You Down, Evangelist and Resolution (demo version).
Check it out!

– Natasha
xo

Music

Kings of Leon

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I’m obsessed.
I just watched their documentary ‘Talihina Sky’ (the name of one of their earlier tracks, and also the name of the town they grew up in) on Netflix and I have a new found appreciation for their music. I was a fan before, but even more so now. I will admit, I wasn’t too impressed with the way the film was shot. I know it wasn’t meant to be this long, factual documentary per say, but I think a little more information should have been given. Also, subtitles in some parts would have been great hehe. Besides that, I really loved how the film showed us where the guys were raised and how they grew up. If you aren’t aware, the 3 brothers Nathan, Caleb & Jared’s father was a minister, and they spent a lot of their youth travelling from one Pentecostal church to the next. Matthew (guitarist) is their cousin. The documentary introduces you to their extended family, cousins & friends and gives you a lot of interesting insights. There’s also some home video footage of the guys growing up which was really cool to see too. I love documentaries for the reason that when it comes to public figures, documentaries make them seem more real and accessible and it’s pretty clear to see when people are being genuine or not. Society tends to view celebrities as these mystical creatures with special powers or something. Kings of Leon seem like really down to earth, kind, extremely talented guys who are genuinely in it for the music.

Lead singer Caleb Followill’s voice is perfection, and suits their style of alternative/southern rock amazingly. Before I watched the documentary, I didn’t listen to too much of their older music, and now I’ve realized that it’s some of their best work. At the end of the film, KOL play Talihina Sky sitting in a circle acoustically. That was my favorite bit of the whole film by far. Caleb’s voice was mesmerizing. The song sounded incredible acoustic. It was so raw and beautiful. That was what made me fanatic about finding more of their music. That version of Talihina Sky in the documentary is far better than the few recorded versions they’ve released. It’s worth it to watch the documentary just for that one part alone.

Kings of Leon have a distinct, true, original rock sound and I think that’s why people connect and love them so much. They’re not hipster wannabes. Between Caleb’s distinct voice (a front man must have a unique voice to stand out.. especially in rock music!), the quality and emotion of their songs, musicianship and their lyrics, they are the epitome of what a real rock band should be. I know there are people who say they are overrated, blah blah blah. I disagree. With so many mediocre rock bands out right now, Kings of Leon are popular for a reason.

Kings of Leon are releasing their 6th studio album Mechanical Bull on September 24th, and TOMORROW (July 17th) they are releasing the first single titled ‘Supersoaker’!
There are quite a few live videos of the song on youtube if you can’t wait till tomorrow to check it out. I’m stoked for the CD release in September, but until then I’ll be rocking their older stuff on repeat. My current favorites are The Runner, Where Nobody Knows & Taper Jean Girl.

What do you guys think of the new single ‘Supersoaker’?! Love it, Hate it? Comment below and let me know!

Side note: For people who have seen the film.. How 70’s did Kings of Leon look when they first started out?! It felt like watching footage from a 70’s rock band.. loved it!

‘But everybody says this place is beautiful
And you’d be so crazy to say goodbye
But everything’s the same this town is pitiful
And I’ll be gettin’ out as soon as I can fly’

– Natasha
xo

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