The Purple Ones at Music Box

On February 28th, 2020, Bay Area natives, The Purple Ones, amplified the stage at Music Box . Their Insatiable Tribute to Prince served us nostalgia and a night to remember.

While browsing for upcoming concerts in and near San Diego, I came across The Purple Ones. They are a Prince cover band based in Oakland, California. Since I never got the chance to see Prince live and he is near and dear to my heart I was excited to go. Music Box was bigger than I thought it would be, with 3 stories for viewing. After scoping out the venue, my friend and I decided to go to the main floor, and we were pretty close to the stage.

The crowd was a mix of couples, groups of friends, and obvious Prince fans. Many people were wearing purple or sparkly garments such as hats and bold jackets. After looking around, my friend said we were possibly the youngest people in the crowd.

Our openers started right at 9 o’clock. They were a group called The Red Cars, which was a The Cars cover band. They started there set and had a lot of energy, however if you do not listen to The Cars (like most of us in the crowd), you were just politely swaying to the music. Their set felt as if we were in a 80s rom-com and suddenly a song came on that majority of us knew, Just What I Needed. The Red Cars finished their set, which was nice to end on a more popular song leaving the crowd more animated.

Before The Purples Ones graced the stage, DJ Spooky Calavera greeted us and proceeded to hype up the crowd by playing high energy music and a few Prince classics.

Around 10:10 PM, The Purple Ones dramatically took the stage with an intro song of their own. The band was composed of two lead vocalists, a full horn section, keyboard, and guitar/bass. The saxophone, trombone, and trumpets gave the concert a unique sound that stole the show. They started their set with a few older Prince songs. The two lead vocalist definitely did their part to get the crowd dancing and singing. They performed classics like “Sign “O” the Times” and “Little Red Corvette”.

Although the crowd was already pumped, their rendition of “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man” got the crowd singing and clapping. They maintained that energy and during an instrumental solo the two vocalist snuck away to the back and the band finished the song. The next song explained why the two snuck away in flirty way.

The female vocalist came off the stage to perform “Nasty Girl” which is actually by Vanity 6 (a female group that Prince put together). That song definitely got the ladies jumping and screaming the lyrics.

As the night came to a close, The Purple Ones ended with one of my favorites, “I Wanna Be Your Lover.” This song is known to have a long section of instrumentals, and this is where the band introduced themselves. They thanked the crowd, shared that it was their first time in San Diego, and stated that they would not be where they are without Prince. On that note, they closed out the show.

This was definitely a new experience, but the band exceeded my expectations and it made me wish I had the chance to see Prince live.

Written by: Jasmine Alexander

New Music Friday with Mike – March 6

New Releases this “New Music Friday” come from Lauv, Katy Perry, Megan thee Stallion, Demi Lovato, and more.

It’s Friday, everybody, we did it. The weekend is finally here. I hope you all had a great work or school week. We had a lot of new music drop today. Because of that, this is going to be a special supersized edition of New Music Friday, so let’s get started.

Lauv – “~how i’m feeling~” (Album)

The long-awaited album from Lauv “~how i’m feeling~ is finally here, and I could not be more excited. The singer tweeted, “MY DEBUT ALBUM IS OUT NOW.” The album is about embracing every aspect of your personality. We are not defined by just one thing, that would make us dull. Every day we do not feel the same. Some days happy, sad, angry, more joyful than the previous day, etc. This album discusses tough issues that we all face head-on. 

Screenshot of Tweet from Lauv announcing his new album is out.

Celebrating the album, Lauv will be going on tour. Unfortunately, he will not be stopping in San Diego, however, if you’re feeling adventurous and love his music and or this album. The nearest show would be in Los Angeles at The Greek Theatre. The first night on August 20 is already sold out, but a second night, on August 30, was added, and tickets can be purchased here and stream ~how i’m feeling~ on all streaming platforms.

Katy Perry – “Never Worn White”

Screenshot Tweet of @katyperry announcing the pregnancy.

Before I get into Katy Perry’s new song. We all need to take a moment and congratulate both her and fiancé Orlando Bloom, who will be becoming parents later this year. That’s right, Katy Perry is pregnant! The singer released her new music video for the song “Never Worn White.” At the beginning of the video, you see Katy placing her hand over what appears to be a baby bump. Fans flocked to social media to find out what this all meant and get confirmation. Katy tweeted on Wednesday, March 4, “omg so glad I don’t have to suck it in anymore.” And then, First thing on Thursday (March 5), the singer jumped on Instagram Live and confirmed that her baby bump is “only getting bigger.”

Screenshot of YouTube Music Video for Katy Perry’s “Never Worn White”

She continued and shared that “We’re excited and happy. It’s probably the longest secret I’ve ever had to keep, but I knew I would tell you in the best way. Which is through a piece of music, because that’s how we speak.” I agree with Katy, music is always the best way to get an announcement out in a fun way. Finally, the singer stated, “There’s a lot that will be happening this summer. Not only will I be giving birth, literally, but also figuratively…to something you guys have been waiting for.” This right here, yes, we are getting an album. The fifth album from the pop singer is coming soon and by the sounds of it, this summer. Katy informed fans that “Never Worn White” is “not the lead single for the album but is a good way to start out.” Looks like Katy is in for one busy summer and we are so happy for her and Orlando. Check out the music video for “Never Worn White” above and stream on all music services.

Megan Thee Stallion – “Suga” (album)

Megan Thee Stallion has officially dropped her debut album, Suga, and this is excellent news. For those of you who don’t know. Last week, the rapper’s label, 1501 Certified Entertainment, was preventing her from releasing any new music after she went to renegotiate her contract. Megan took to Instagram live to explain to fans what’s going on and her frustration. During the IG Live stream, she stated, “I was like 20, and I didn’t know everything that was in that contract. She continued to share, “So when I got with Rock Nation, I got management real management and real lawyers. They were like, ‘Do you know that this is in your contract?’ and I was like, ‘Oh damn, that’s crazy. No, I didn’t know.”

A judge in Texas granted Megan a temporary restraining order on Monday, March 2, 2020, against 1501 entertainment. Due to this temporary restraining order, this allowed Megan to release her album “Suga” today for all of us to enjoy. Former Major League Baseball player and 1501 Certified Entertainment leader Carl Crawford told Billboard the lawsuit is a “whole lie.” “Nothing is true that she said. Me being greedy and taking money from her, that’s crazy. I never tried to take nothing from her,” He went on to say, “The only thing we ever did was give, give, give. Now, she fell for the oldest trick in the industry: the conquer and divide theme.”

Tweet from @theestallion announcing SUGA album.

Megan is clearly moving on and focusing on the album release today and celebrating the new music with fans. She tweeted last night before the release, “I’m super excited for y’all to hear #SUGA” Same Megan, same. The album has some straight bops on there, so be sure to check out Suga on all streaming providers.

Demi Lovato – “I Love Me”

It’s been three years since Demi Lovato album release of “Tell Me You Love Me,” and the singer is back with new music. I could not be happier because “I Love Me” is what everyone needs to hear right now. The upbeat track is about Demi’s mission towards self-love and self-acceptance. A lyric from the song says, “I’m a black belt when I’m beating up on myself, but I’m an expert at giving love to somebody else.” I feel seen. In the music video, which also dropped along with the song. We see Demi use her Mixed Martial Arts skills to fight herself in the music video. Why is she fighting herself? Well, you’ll have to check out the video for yourself. I can’t give you everything. One thing I will say is that Demi is moving on with her life and states that in the song with the lyric, “I’m a 10 outta 10, even when I forget it.”

Screenshot of Demi Lovato “I Love Me” music video on YouTube.

“I Love Me” is just a taste of what is to come for her seventh studio album, which is scheduled to drop later this year. Lovato told host Ellen DeGeneres that “There are songs that are ugly-honest and heavy and will make you cry and will take you there. But I’m so excited.” Demi also took to Instagram and shared a photo of getting her makeup done with the caption “#ILoveMe is OUT NOW!! I can’t put into words just yet what this past year for me has been…but this song focuses on a lot of what’s going on in my head. We have good days, and we have bad days. The best we can do is be the best version of ourselves and celebrate that with those closest to us, Wanted to also give a special shout out to all of my Lovatics for always being there for me. 2020 is OUT year!” I can’t wait for the new album. In the meantime, check out the video for “I Love Me” above and stream on Spotify, Apple Music, or YouTube.

More New Music from March 6

SUGAR Remix (feat. Dua Lipa, Ryan Beatty & Jon B) – BROCKHAMPTON

I’m Sorry – LIL UZI VERT

Young & Alive – Bazzi

Gaslighter – Dixie Chicks

The Book Of You & I – Alec Benjamin

The Steps – HAIM

Past life – Trevor Daniel

That’s your New Music Friday update for this week. What new music do you have on repeat this weekend? Let me know by hitting me up on social media, @mikestarkca on Twitter and Instagram.

Written By: Mike Stark

New Music Friday with Mike – February 28

New Releases this “New Music Friday” comes from Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Jhene Aiko, and more.

Happy Friday, everybody! We’ve not only made it through another week but the end of the month. This is the last Friday in February! We had some excellent music released today and honestly the perfect way to close out February, so let’s dive in.

“The Other Side” (feat. SZA) – Justin Timberlake

Screenshot of tweet from @jtimberlake on twitter announcing new song “The Other Side”

On Wednesday, February 26, Justin Timberlake dropped not only a new song but a new music video for “The Other Side” which is the first single to be featured on the upcoming “Trolls World Tour” movie. Justin tweeted on February 26 “TURN THIS UP @sza” which was a small clip of the music video. The music video is giving me so many throwback vibes and I’m here for it. It pays tribute to Michael and Janet Jackson’s “Scream, Missy Elliot’s “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)) and TLC’s “No Scrubs” Check out the music video for “The Other Side” below, stream “The Other Side” on all streaming platforms, and check out “Trolls World Tour” in theatres on April 17, 2020.

Screenshot of YouTube Music Video for “The Other Side” feat SZA by Justin Timberlake

“Stupid Love” – Lady GaGa

Screenshot of Tweet from @ladygaga announcing the release of
“Stupid Love” song & music video

She’s back everyone and couldn’t be more excited. The singer tweeted “Stupid Love” new single & Music Video Out Now #StupidLove #ShotOniPhone”. The video shot entirely on an iPhone 11 Pro, similar to what Selena Gomez did her for her song “Lose You to Love Me” and “Look at her Now”.

GaGa’s music video is a futuristic type battle taking place in the desert with some power choreography. The music video opens with a message that reads “The world rots in conflict. May tribes battle for dominance. While the spiritual ones pray and sleep for peace, the Kindness punks fight for chromatica.”

My favorite lyric from “Stupid Love” is “Gotta quit this crying/Nobody’s gonna heal me if I don’t open the door.” No word yet on a new album, but could the new album be titled “Chromatica”? We’ll have to wait and see. Check out the music video for “Stupid Love” below and stream it on all streaming services.

Screenshot of Lady Gaga Music Video for “Stupid Love” from YouTube.

“Happiness Over Everything” (feat. Miguel & Future) – Jhené Aiko

Screenshot of Jhené Aiko “Happiness Over Everything (H.O.E) Music Video

Jhené Aiko came in full force this new music Friday. Jhené announced a new song, new album, and tour. The new song “Happiness Over Everything (H.O.E.)” features Miguel and Future and is about meeting someone, clicking with them, and letting your guard down to inform them of your intentions. The new album, “Chilombo,” will have features from Swae Lee, Nas, Big Sean, and more.

The tour titled “The Magic Hour Tour” with Queen Naija & Ann Marie will kick off in Boston on May 1 and wrap up on June 27 at the Saint Kitts festival. Unfortunately, Jhené will not be making a stop in San Diego. The nearest show would be in Los Angeles at The Greek Theatre, June 1.

Ticket sales for the L.A. show begin Friday, March 6 at 10 AM here. Check out the video for “Happiness Over Everything H.O.E.” above, stream the song on all streaming services, and check out the full tour date list below.

Screenshot of Tour Schedule from Jhené Aiko Instagram @jheneaiko

More New Music from February 28

Live Off My Closet” (feat. Future) – Lil Baby

not ur friend” – Jeremy Zucker

Rojo” – J. Balvin

God Whispered Your Name” – Keith Urban

Where Am I At” – MAX

Locket” – Lila Drew

Baby Girl” – Bryce Vine

That’s your New Music Friday update for the week. What music new music do you have on repeat Weekend? Let me know by checking in on social media, @mikestarkca on Twitter and Instagram.

Written by: Mike Stark

Taylor Swift Takes on Toxic Masculinity in “The Man” Music Video

Taylor Swift is the man, no seriously, she’s the man. Thursday, February 27, 2020, Taylor Swift released her music video for her song “The Man.” In just fifteen hours, the music video already has 7.9 million views on YouTube.

After a month of teasing the upcoming music video, it has finally arrived. Taylor transforms into Tyler Swift, her male ego, to bring her feminist anthem “The Man” from her “Lover” album to life.  Taylor did not hold anything back when it comes to addressing the issue of sexism, double standard the women face out in our society, and toxic masculinity. The main character in the video gets to do whatever, whenever, he wants.

Tweet Screen from @taylorswift13 on Twitter teasing “The Man” music video

In addition to swift performance, we also find hidden clues throughout the video. At the beginning of the music video, we see Taylor (Tyler) manspreading, smoking and flicking cigar ashes in a woman purse on a crowded subway while not having a care in the world.

Screenshot from Taylor Swift Music Video “The Man”

Once off the subway car, we see Swift proceed to urinate on a subway wall because she’s a man and can do that. The first set of clues is the wall. We recognize all of Taylor’s Previous album names graffiti on the subway station wall along with a sign that reads “Missing If Found Return to Taylor.” For those of you who don’t know, back in June 2019, that former CEO Scott Borchetts of Big Machine records sold Taylor entire music catalog to Scotter Braun. Swift was upset at this and made it known publicly.

The drama continued when Swift was recognized for Artist of the Decade at the American Music Awards in November 2019. She was planning on signing her hits but blocked by Big Machine records. However, she eventually sang her hits and opened with “The Man”.

Swift didn’t stop there in this scene. We see more shade thrown, as there is a sign that reads, “No scoters allowed” aiming at Scooter Braun; someone Taylor continues to have a public feud with on social media. The final clue present is in the poster for “Mr.Americana,” which is a change from the singers Netflix documentary Miss Americana.

The next scene cuts to Tyler Swift, the businessman taking a call on an expensive yacht surrounded by women. Sound familiar? Well, this is something similar to the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and to reinforce this is the lyric “I’d be just like Leo in Saint-Tropez.” Referring to Leonardo DiCaprio taking women on extravagant vacations.

Screenshot from boating scene of Taylor Swift “The Man” music video

Up next, we see Tyler running down a hall of 19 hands. What could this possibly mean 19 hands? Well, The video, released on February 27, which is an essential day in history. The Supreme Court upheld the 19th Amendment back on February 27, 1922, the voting right for women. Earlier this week Taylor hinted this by tweeting “There are 19 hands in the hallway…but only two days until The Man Music Video.”

Hallways of 19 Hands screenshot from Taylor Swift “The Man” music video

Now we are at the park; we see the man wanting to get validation for being a good father from others around him. When his daughter is sitting there, and the father starts petting his daughter like an animal.

For the final scene, at a tennis court where Tyler Swift gets into a confrontation with the tennis umpire. Spoiler alert, the ref in that chair, is Scott Swift, Taylor’s father. AND there is more, the male voice arguing with Taylor dad is the one and only Dwyane The Rock Johnson, which leads us into the credits. While the credits are rolling, we see all the makeup put on Taylor to transform her into “The Man.” 

Screenshot of Tennis Court scene from Taylor Swift “The Man” music video

You can stream the album “Lover” on all streaming services and watch the music video for “The Man” here.

Written By: Mike Stark