The Forum performs new single "When Did Everything Fade?" live in the studio
Getting older, moving away, and growing apart has the Gainesville, indie band asking, when did everything fade? Their new single encompasses the hardships the band has encountered in transitioning from adolescence into adulthood. It'll have you crying and vibing at the same time.
The Forum, comprised of Michael Higgins (vocals), Jacob Farrell (bass), Nick Wheeler (guitar), and Ethan Klohr (drums) joined us in the GHQ studio for an interview with our own Rachel Willis, as well as a heartfelt, exclusive, acoustic performance.
Shot and edited by Brittany Lewis.
"When Did Everything Fade?" was dropped as a double single along with "Wounds." You can listen to both tunes on Spotify, and follow the band on Instagram and Twitter.
No Southern Accent Performs New Single Live in Studio
The local a cappella group No Southern Accent dropped their third studio album, Permanent Address, in October. They stopped by the GHQ studio shortly after its release to perform the song “Home” live on air for us. We also interviewed the president, Maddie Crowley, and the communications director/arranger, Myles Lopez.
Moby Rich talks evolution from Open Mic to Main Stage
Moby Rich is changing the world of pop, one self-deprecating joke at a time. The songwriting-producing duo was recently signed to Universal's Republic Records, and are now smack-dab in the middle of their US tour.
GHQ's Allison Barkdull and Fede Psevoznik sat down with them earlier this week to talk their songwriting process, their beginnings, and their musical and meme inspirations. Check out the interview in full below!
Quality Control Music's Layton Greene Talks Struggle and Success
At 20 years old, Layton Greene has seen more than her fair share of adversity. Today, she’s converted that struggle into success. Greene is one of the newest signees to Quality Control Music, the Atlanta-based label behind Migos, Lil Baby and Lil Yachty. The Illinois native is the first R&B artist to the label and has since dropped her first EP, “Tell Ya Story,” in September. Greene opens up about her childhood hardships, success on social media and reactions to being signed to QC during her interview with GHQ’s Angel Kennedy.
Post Malone's Voodoo Festival Performance
POSTY POSTY POSTY... The chants of the crowd kept on for minutes as Voodoo Festival goers awaited Post Malone’s set in City Park, New Orleans. Everyone from college students, high school kids, and married couples ran forward to greet Posty and get close to the action on stage. The crowd of friends who had been attending this three-day festival were chanting as the clock turned 7:30 pm.
Phones raised up to greet Post Malone taking the stage in fiery red plaid pants, a slew of face tats, and an accompaniment by flashing lights and fireworks. The crowds came to see a rockstar and Post did not disappoint. His hit songs were many and he started his set with the song “Wow.” The bass rocked the little swampy festival and the people in the crowd were up and moving or video taping the moment because it was so unforgettable.
Posty, in the tried and true rockstar fashion, admitted while on stage that he had just got done playing beer pong. He requested that everyone sing as loud as they could to help him with remembering the lyrics to his acoustic set -- it was heartfelt, especially after he had finished chugging whatever was in his blue plastic cup.
I, as your friendly GHQ reporter, found myself choking up to the sincerity in Post’s songs he sang. Post knew how to groove and the crowd followed; strangers were moving together to his beat. Post hit high highs and sentimental lows in his set; he reminded me of the band the Eagles a bit. His rock rocked, practically setting the stage on fire, but when Post wanted to talk about something like the love his fans give him or if he wanted to sing about it, then he laid down easy listening with a peaceful feel.
Post Malone will continue his tour in the USA until Nov 21, with stops in California, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, and Utah.
Rex Orange County's 'Pony' Album Review
Rex has done it again, people. The British singer-songwriter just debuted his third album today, and honestly, I can't get enough.
Pony captures Rex's growth in a way that still maintains his musical style. It's fresh, while still Rex. The album starts off with one of the singles, "10/10". I would say this was the most he's branched out musically so far, with synth beats and drums keeping the pace of the song.
The first lyrics are, "I had a think about my oldest friends. Now, I no longer hang with them." The fact that this album starts right off with self reflection says a lot when comparing that to his previous two albums. His second album, Apricot Princess, began with about a minute of all-consuming strings, and then the words, "You can never do wrong, it's me that makes the evening long."
Pony centered strongly around the theme of mental health, and Rex's own battle with it. I found metaphors of that battle not only in the lyrics, but also the music. "10/10" begins with a heavy electronic sound (very unlike him), and the album slowly crescendos into a beautiful, strings-heavy ballad called "It Gets Better." The album follows his headspace and how his thoughts changed as he got more and more help for his issues, and the instrumentals mirrored that.
Another one of my favorite songs off the album was "Never Had The Balls." It follows a common theme of talking about serious topics with upbeat melodies behind them in order to form mini dichotomies.
If you loved Rex's previous albums, expect more of the same personal storytelling, but with more transparency than ever before. While Apricot Princess and Bcos U Will Never B Free featured epithets of his life and love, Pony dives straight into his subconscious.
Listening to Pony felt like a privilege to hear his inner thoughts. He voiced thoughts many people aren't willing to even face; with everything from losing childhood friends in "Face To Face" to being taken advantage of in "Stressed Out."
Pony reminds listeners that it's crucial to ask for help when you need it, and that life is all about continuing to try.
Being an avid fan of Apricot Princess, I was anticipating the end of Pony to end on the same haunting note that that one did. But the final song on Pony, "It's Not The Same Anymore," ends on a hopeful note. And I like that.
Like his other albums, Pony begs at least three listens to fully absorb the magic in its message.
If you're looking for new music this weekend, I highly recommend Pony. It'll leave you wanting more.
1 Night with Dominic Fike: Concert Review
Several UF students remember a time when Dominic Fike was just the cool kid in high school. They grew up with him in Naples and watched his spot in the Florida Soundcloud scene explode into a $4 million deal with Columbia Records. Last semester GHQ chanced his track 3 Nights on-air, completely unaware it would gain insane radio traction and reach the number one spot on the alternative charts this month. 8.8 million monthly Spotify listeners later, Fike is making every Florida kid proud.
Following a cancelled show in South Carolina due to damaged vocal chords, Fike powered through to perform in his home state at the The Orpheum in Tampa, the 11th stop on his Rain or Shine World Tour. Even if the venue weren’t standing room only, everyone would have still been on their feet.
Fellow Soundcloud star and Brockhampton collaborator Deb Never opened with an energy so explosive that my camera shutter could not keep up as she grunge-galloped from one end of the stage to another during Swimming off her new EP. When it came time to catch her breath, she settled down on a barstool with her guitar to surprise the audience with a stripped version of Brockhampton’s No Halo which features her delicate vocals on its chorus.
With his bleached blonde buzzcut, face and hand tattoos, and occasional auto-tune use, Fike resembled a typical Soundcloud rapper upon first glance, but he could not be any further from that label. Shredding on a clean white Fender, sporting a vintage Red Hot Chili Peppers tee, skinny jeans, leather boots, he proved to be more so a rockstar with gritty, rugged vocals to match.
The first high-pitched note of Phone Numbers sent him and the crowd into a fired up frenzy that burned all the way through the wild Westcoast Collective finale. He brought the room of devoted fans on a genre-crossing journey, in which they recited the speedy rap verses on Acai Bowl with ease, swayed along to Rollerblades, and rocked out to Babydoll. During a break when Fike asked where everyone was from, many exclaimed they drove hours from all over the state just to spend one hour with him. Speechless, he raised his hands above his head and curled his fingers in to form a heart, speaking gratitude for itself.
If my memory somehow got erased one day, I think I would still remember Fike’s performance of Westcoast Collective. The biographical, alt-rock track uncovers his rough past as a member of the Southwest Florida rap collective Backhouse. He poured his entire being into each electric guitar strum and let his voice wander in every direction, eventually running into a seemingly original cover of Weezer’s classic Say It Ain't So halfway through.
Before exiting the stage with as much badass energy and finesse as possible, Fike yelled his last words “I love you Tampa”, flicked his guitar pick to a lucky front row guest to keep forever, and disappeared into the darkness. Dominic Fike might have just gotten his feet wet, but made it look like he’s been doing this his whole life, as he hopefully will. He’s expected to release a full length album by the end of this year. I’ll be counting down the minutes.
An Interview with Republic Records' Anthony Flammia
Anthony Flammia is a beacon of hope whose music attempts to spark inspiration in each of his listeners; Republic Records caught wind of his music and message, and signed him to a recording contract last year.
His track "My Life," off his brand new EP "Find Love" is blowing up, and GHQ hosts Annick Joseph and Fede Psevoznik got a chance to sit down with him and talk about how he got his start, how his past shaped his music, and how he plans to use his position for good. Check out the exclusive interview with Anthony Flammia below.
Brand new Pop Festival hits Miami Beach in November
In the last five years, Miami has become the music festival destination, from Rolling Loud, to III Points, to Ultra, and most recently, the Miami Beach Pop Festival.
If you needed a reason to go to Miami on a random weekend, well, now you do. Miami Beach is hosting a three-day festival, very aptly called the Miami Beach Pop Festival. It's taking place on November 8th, 9th and 10th, and features big names like Chance The Rapper, Kygo, Daddy Yankee, Sean Paul, T-Pain, Jack Johnson and much more.
Here's the lineup; it's pretty dope:
Tickets go on sale starting today. This makes us ask: what's your ideal fall destination for a concert weekend like this one? Let us know!
Jimmy Fallon and the Jonas Brothers played with classroom instruments, and it's all we could have asked for
Third grade music class was a free-for-all of glockenspiels, tiny drums, and maracas. Those were the days. If you're feeling nostalgic, we've got some news for you.
On last night's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the Jonas Brothers joined The Roots in playing some of their biggest songs, including their new hit, "Sucker," all on elementary school instruments.
The JB's newest album, Happiness Begins, is out now. Listen to our favorites, like "Cool" and "Sucker," on GHQ.