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Fill In The SADLIBS: Exclusive Track Leak [LISTEN]

It’s rare you see one name in the credits for composing, writing, recording, mixing & mastering a project; it’s even rarer to hear all these components done well. SADLIBS is the fourth official album created entirely by Lucid Optics, from playing instruments and writing lyrics to mastering every decibel. The album is centered around a theme of equivalent exchange, or the idea that gaining something means you will lose something else of equal value. In this case, fulfilling the goal of touring took priority over a strenuous personal life. The beats match the bittersweet feel but musicianship is more prevalent than before. Along with recording bass guitar for the first time, Lucid implements more structure and tempo changes blending elements of Hip Hop, Indie, Folk, and Punk.

Below is the first full track leaked off the album:

The tour

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 The tour that led up to forging a family, touring again, finishing the album, and starting Inkiscape was a month-long escapade across the US in Knowmadic’s 2-door sedan. Lucid was accompanied by Airospace, Knowmadic, and freelance-photographer Zach Avila. It was booked entirely by themselves and they successfully played over ten shows in six states. They played in taverns and dive bars, formed new friendships, woke up on strange floors, and drove ten hours to do it all over again. With the success of the Drop Everything And Live tour, Optics immediately began booking the next. It would be mostly the same crew on the Day x Day tour, this time joined by Cauzndefx on a similar route in half the time. It was an arduous mission, and most nights after performing were spent driving between 10 and 22 hours to the next city they played.

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The shows have been going so well that round 3 is around the corner. All Dreams End / Day x Day II launches 5/29, beginning in San Jose, CA and goes as far as Colorado. If you see gaps in their tour route and want to see them play in your city make sure to contact inkiscapebooking@gmail.com

5/29 – San Jose, CA @ Kev’s House

5/30 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Trunk Space

6/5 – Colorado Springs, CO  @ Flux Capacitor

6/7 – Boise, ID @ Tom Grainey’s

6/12 – Los Angeles @ White Oak Cheers

To hear more from Lucid Optics, find him on Facebook, Twitter,YouTubeBandcamp, and Bigcartel.

SADLIBS by Lucid Optics releases 4/20

 

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When “Bad Thang$” sound good: New Music From Mula Kkhan [Listen]

A message came in from Mula Kkhan, a 23 year old hip-hop artist from the west side of Indianapolis. He is part of a local rap association called See The World Collective. This group of rappers promote not only local music and good vibes, but also share their inspiring stories and philosophies with people that hear their music. The song “Bad Thang$” is derived from the artist’s personal experience and battles he faced over the past year. It is a true testimony of where he was to where he is going.

 


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 To hear more music from Mula Kkhan, find him on IG, Twitter, and Soundcloud.
Special thanks to Mula Kkhan for sharing.

 

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The Fox Brings No News: New Music Video by Lucid Optics [Watch]

What do you do when you receive a surprise message from indie rapper Lucid Optics on an early Sunday morning? You post that s#!* immediately!

Back from the Day X Day Tour and already releasing his new music video, “The Fox Brings No News,” his hustle never stops. Enjoy his work (ethic).


To hear more from Lucid Optics, find him on Facebook, Twitter,YouTubeBandcamp, and Bigcartel.

Special thanks to Lucid Optics for sharing.

 

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“Mama, I made it!” Top 5 Most Swaggerless Artists of 2014

Happy New Year and thank you for showing love to Swaggerless and strugglin’ artists everywhere during our first year. Thanks to your support, 2014 has brought over 11 thousand visitors from 87 countries, and featured articles and bios from a ton of talented artists, musicians, photographers, painters, directors, and everything in between– it’s been one hell of a year. Here are our TOP 5 MOST SWAGGERLESS ARTISTS of 2014.

This Swaggerless bunch had the most hits on Swaggerless.org in 2014. Congrats! You can now give yourselves a pat on the back.

5. Photographer, Unorthodox Genius

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Cameraman Marceu Lewis, aka Unorthodox Genius, views things in the most unusual and “unorthodox” ways. [VIEW]

 4. Hip-hop Artist, Airospace

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DC artist, Airospace makes music for defective humans and obsolete robots. [LISTEN]

 3. Argentine Artist, Estela Cuadro

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Painter and Illustrator, Estela Cuadro shares her world from Buenos Aires. [VIEW]

 2. EDM Duo, Eion and Kendra

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2014 SXSW performers, Eion and Kendra share their epic tunes. [WATCH]

1. MOST SWAGGERLESS 2014: SoCal Band, Thieves & Lovers

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Southern California band, Thieves & Lovers will steal your heart. [LISTEN]

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I write for that kid with headphones on who’s failing school [Listen]

Ann Arbor rapper, MR:B, shares music off his new album, Metropolis; inspired by the Fritz Lang classic and the anime remake— the man has good taste.

 

My name is MR:B hailing from Ann Arbor, MI. I’ve been a rapper/producer for 4 years.

 

I write for that kid with headphones on who’s failing school.

 

I speak for the kids living in trailer parks and smoking too much weed hoping they don’t die check to check.

 

My sound is one closely knit with rusty hip-hop, that raw, dusty vinyl, of hand crafted instrumentals.

 

Shout out to Airo, Cauz, and to you for downloading my mixtape…right?
-MR:B
To hear more music from MR:B,  visit his Soundcloud and like him on Facebook.

 

Special thanks to MR:B for sharing.

 

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