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SG LEWIS AND CLAIRO RELEASE ’BETTER’

Songwriter, producer and musician SG Lewis today shares the video for his collaborative new single ‘Better’ with rising US star Clairo. The result of a chance writing session in LA, the track instantly became a viral hit last month and was labelled “addictive” by Pigeons and Planes” with Hypebeast calling it “the perfect summer jam”. The innate chemistry the duo shared in the studio has now naturally translated into the fun, care-free video for ‘Better’. Shot in Chicago and produced by Weird Life Films (Ravyn Lenae, Soccer Mommy), ‘Better’ features both artists as they drive around the city in full-length tracksuits in a loving homage to classic Hype William’s directed videos of the later nineties, early noughties. Speaking on the track, SG says “I played Clairo the instrumental and she jumped on it straight away! The process was so natural, I kept the beat unquantized from the jam as I felt like it gave the record an old disco feel”. The single is the perfect marriage of SG’s signature warm, sunny house production and Clairo’s dreamy vocal delivery. Clairo reflects, “Sam is one of the most talented producers I know. We met the same day that we made this song, and just clicked instantly. “Better” is one of the first real steps I’ve made into ‘pop music’ and this collab feels like a match made in heaven!” ‘Better’ is the latest in a long run of exceptional collabs for SG, with his upcoming album featuring J Warner, Kartell and a host of others yet to be announced. After an incredible run of dates across Europe, America, Australia and Asia so far this year, SG also recently announced a landmark headline show at London’s iconic superclub Printworks on December 7th. In addition he will return to the US for a full tour starting in September making stops at Brooklyn’s Elsewhere on September 28th & 29th and LA’s The Fonda Theater on October 19th. This year, SG Lewis began releasing music from his ambitious three-part album ‘Dusk, Dark, Dawn’. Currently in phase one – ‘Dusk’ – SG imagines the trajectory of one night out in club music and is a loving tribute to club and youth culture. Referencing a wide breadth of styles and genres, ‘Dusk’ uses disco, west coast hip-hop and 80s electro to set the scene. Soon to move into Phase 2 – ‘Dark’ – he’ll use heavier styles like techno and rap to move the crowd into the night before heading off on his worldwide tour. US pop prodigy Clairo is on an undeniable ascent, with collaborators including Rejjie Snow and Danny L Harle and her ‘diary 001’ EP receiving major accolades across the world.SG LEWIS TOUR DATESAugust 8                  Budapest, Hungary                 Sziget FestivalAugust 12                Pristina, Kosovo                      Sunny Hill FestivalAugust 24                Zurich, Switzerland                 Zurich OpenairAugust 25                Paris, France                          Rock en SeineSeptember 25         Washington, DC                      Union StageSeptember 26          Philadelphia, PA                     The Foundry at the FillmoreSeptember 28          Brooklyn, NY                           Elsewhere (SOLD OUT)September 29          Brooklyn, NY                           ElsewhereSeptember 30          Cambridge, MA                       The SinclairOctober 2                 Toronto, ON                            Mod ClubOctober 3                 Montreal, QC                          Fairmount TheatreOctober 5                 Detroit, MI                               El ClubOctober 6                 Chicago, IL                              Lincoln HallOctober 7                 Minneapolis, MN                     7th Street EntryOctober 10               Austin, TX                               Come and Take it LiveOctober 11               Houston, TX                            Bronze PeacockOctober 12               Dallas, TX                               HOB – Cambridge RoomOctober 14               Denver, CO                             Larimer LoungeOctober 16               Las Vegas, NV                        Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – VinylOctober 17               Santa Barbara, CA                  SOhO – Restaurant & Music ClubOctober 19               Los Angeles, CA                     The Fonda TheatreOctober 20               Santa Ana, CA                        The ObservatoryOctober 21               San Francisco, CA                  The Regency TheaterOctober 23               Portland, OR                           HoloceneOctober 24               Seattle, WA                             The CrocodileOctober 26               Vancouver, BC                        Fortune Sound ClubDecember 7              London, UK                            Printworks

Final California State Budget

In response to Governor Jerry Brown signing the final 2018-19 California state budget, Ryan J. Smith, executive director of Ed Trust–West and vice president of Ed Trust, issued the following statement:

Higher Education

“We celebrate the fact that the 2018-19 state budget includes a new Student Centered Funding Formula for community colleges that allocates resources based on student need and incentivizes programs and practices that increase student success and completion. Governor Brown, Chancellor Oakley, and the State Legislature made the right move for college students and Ed Trust–West applauds their leadership in this area. We were proud to stand with the dozens of civil rights, student leadership, and other advocacy organizations that championed this initiative. By funding colleges based not only on how many students they enroll, but also based on student needs and colleges’ success in supporting students, our state has the potential to close equity gaps within our educational institutions. As the new formula takes effect, we look forward to working with key stakeholders to ensure it is implemented with fidelity.

K-12 Education

We appreciate that the final budget includes an increase of $3.7 billion for the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), reaching initial funding targets two years ahead of schedule. The budget also allocates one-time funding for low-performing student groups not already receiving supplemental funding under LCFF, a proposal based on AB 2635, a bill put forth this year by Assemblymember Shirley Weber and featured as one of Ed Trust–West’s eight equity related legislative proposals to watch. In addition, the budget provides funding to improve community engagement in the LCAP process, funding to support school district improvement, and a commitment to take steps to improve school district budget transparency and LCAP accessibility. Ed Trust–West urges state leaders to ensure that the funds generated by our most in-need students are going to programs and services that support their success. We stand ready to help the state develop transparency and accessibility tools that truly meet the needs of local LCFF stakeholders.

This year’s state budget is a step in the right direction. As California elects the next group of state leaders this November, we are eager to continue to fight to ensure that our budget is a reflection of our state’s values and prioritizes students of color and low income students K – college.”

FILA x Truth Seeker

Fashion industry veteran & creative director Hector Estrada has created a limited-edition interpretation of the Mindblower, an iconic FILA sneaker, under the Truth Seeker label, Estrada’s recently launched clothing label which is focused on human-centric design and visual communication. Originally released in 1995, the chunky running shoe is known for its oversized, warped FILA logo.

Estrada has re-imagined the Mindblower, casting it in a neutral, earthy palette. The fashion-forward gray and blue colorway references stones and flowing rivers, inspired by the concept of universal balance. A sock liner features a print of a hypnotic eye, a symbol of sacred geometry.

Louis Colon of FILA says of the collaboration, “We chose Truth Seeker as we appreciate the not just forward but focused point of view of the brand. As we look for partners we set the goal that each partner create something unique and the product is proof of how special this project is.”

Truth Seeker x Fila Mindblower is available at truthseekerbrand.com

FILA’s heritage line of footwear is currently in high demand, and this marks the first re- release of this  design and an opportunity for the brand to introduce this silhouette to a new generation of consumers. For more information about the relaunch of Mindblower, visit filamindblower.com.

XXXTentacion dead at 20

Story by Max Mason II

According to CNN:

Broward County police in Miami, Florida have confirmed the death of 20 year old rapper XXXTentacion. XXX was reportedly robbed at gunpoint for a Louis Vuitton bag and was shot when he refused to give it up. We send our condolences to the family and friends of XXX and we will post any updates to this story.

Check out XXXTentacion’s Youtube Channel and Instagram, as well as TMZ’s coverage of the story here.

Turo

by McCellies Mason × Vaughn Lowery

photos: Owen Duckett

Hop onto a fresh new set of wheels today with Turo! Sign up for the innovative car-sharing app Turo with Facebook, Google, or your email. Established in 2010, Turo is a peer-to-peer car sharing program where you can “book the car of your dreams.” Hosts on the app deliver a wide variety of cars with 250,000+ options. Turo is available for adults aged 21+ in 56 countries, 5500 cities, and with over 6 million users.

Getting into a new vehicle has never been more simple! Just meet the car owner to pick up the car. Many owners offer delivery, so they may bring it right to you. Take a look at the car, show them your license, grab the keys, and you’re all set for the fun. The owner will confirm or decline your trip within eight hours, but typically it’s much sooner. You can even pick up a car remotely with TuroGo, which allows owners to unlock cars from their phone, if the car’s system supports it. Book cars instantly on listings with the “Book Instantly” badge. You can even message owners directly and exchange numbers for easy drops or arrange meeting times at the airport.

No insurance? No Problem! Turo offers 3 different liability insurance packages from liberty mutual in the US and other major carriers across Canada and Germany. Those who prefer to use their own insurance can decline this option. Turo even allows customers to add a secondary driver onto trips, in case you have a friend coming along for the ride.

For those looking to become a little more adventurous, add-ons are available, like car-seats, mountain bikes, ski racks and more. This great alternative to conventional rental car companies offers exclusive cars that you can’t find anywhere else, like The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, with 6.2-liter V-8 good for 707hp. Rates for nice luxury cars are a bargain such as the 2017 Infiniti Q50 for only $52 per day! Turo is also great for people who already own a set of wheels. It’s a great way to earn extra cash for college or simply subsidize your car payment when you need to.

Listing your car on Turo is as simple as getting one, just create a free listing within a few clicks. Describe your car, upload some clean photos, and you’re ready to go. Be sure to keep your calendar up to date, so travelers know when your car is available. Turo holds about 10 to 12 orientation and communication events per year. The most recent one was in NYC, where they brought together active hosts and offered app feedback to the engineers and marketing representatives of Turo. You can learn more about how Turo works here.

Turo granted 360 Magazine the special opportunity to try the service out for themselves with a 2017 Porsche Macan GTS SUV. The luxury car is available on the app for a great price! Cruise around your city with 360hp and a digital dash. The candy red paint finish coupled with black interiors and red accents really set the tone for the night, as the car is a complete attention getter. Turo is available on Apple and Google Play. For more information visit turo.com and be sure to check them out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as well.

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STEFFLON DON x Sensless Video

London-born rapper STEFFLON DON today releases the brand-new video for her single Senseless. The video is available to watch here.

The video for Senseless which was shot in Jamaica and co-directed by Steff is classic Stefflon Don – incredible outfits, exotic locations and Steff being her usual bombastic-self. The track, which stands as another strong female point of view and which has already topped over 3m plays on streaming platforms alone is already a live favorite and adds to her catalogue of over 250m streams across DSPs.

Hot off the back of her performances at BBC Radio 1’s Biggest Weekend and Capital’s Summertime Ball, Steff is set for a summer of festival appearances across Europe as well her first headline US tour starting in San Francisco. Stefflon Don has also just been announced as the first ever British Female to be a part of XXL’s iconic ߢ2018 Freshman Class alongside Ski Mask The Slump God, Lil Pump, Smokepurpp, J.I.D, Blocboy JB, YBN Nahmir, Wifisfuneral & Trippie Redd.

Last year, Steff went from strength-to-strength to cement her reputation as London’s most formidable young talent. From winning Best Female at the MOBO Awardsto Best Newcomer at this yearߣs NME, the Clapton-raised star continued to defy expectations, managing to release both the gritty Skepta-featured track Ding-A-Ling as well as the anthemic dancehall of her debut single Hurtin’ Me (which saw the artist land her first top 10 single). Less than six months later and Steff has world domination in her sights; having recently covered both ES Magazine as well as the last ever issue of NME, gone platinum on Hurtin’ Me (1.5M+ singles sold), amassed a monstrous 298M+ worldwide streams. With recent collaborations with the likes of Future, Quavo, Big Sean, Halsey, MC Fioti, Niska and CalvinHarris, there seems to be nowhere Steff can’t go.

Upcoming live dates:

July 10 – Slim’s, San Francisco, USA

July 12 – Echoplex, Los Angeles, USA

July 14 – The Greatest Day Ever! Festival, The Bronx, USA

Aug 2 – Bestival, Dorset, UK

Aug 17 – Kylesaari, Helsinki, Finland

Aug 26 – SW4 Festival, London, UK

STEFFLON DON ONLINE

https://www.instagram.com/stefflondon/

https://www.facebook.com/stefflondon.official/

https://twitter.com/stefflondon

WIINSTON releases video for LALA

Dark yet humorous, WIINSTON’s official video for Lala extends the single’s commentary on social dynamics in Los Angeles. Alexander Andersen, who plays Ivar the Boneless in the hit HISTORY drama Vikings, is cast as a megalomaniac TV host who continually sabotages his interviews and violates the personal boundaries of his guests in an effort to assuage his feelings of inferiority and need for recognition.

His guests include WIINSTON, an author (played by Julie Christiansen) and an actor making a comeback (played by Daniel Wagner). Producer/songwriter Alfred Thomas and singer/songwriter Daniel Richards, the two longtime friends behind WIINSTON, once again partnered with directors Joachim Morre and Sren Kahr and producer Christian Lenhart, who helmed videos for the singles Rosa, Canada, and Mio. View Lala HERE and download/stream the single HERE.

Variance Magazine proclaimed Lala addictive and noted, It’s brimming with sunny vibes, effortlessly capturing the lure of L.A. nights, poolside romance and fast flings. VENTS Magazine hailed it as another certified slow-burning banger. Aupium observed, Lala is about the glorious & soul-crushing narcissism of Lalaland. Hillydilly said, “The Danish duo won us over with their silky soundscapes and emotional songwriting, yet, now, they’re revealing a more upbeat side of their sound with Lala.”

WIINSTON’s three previous singles: Rosa, Canada, and Mio have nearly four million streams combined on Spotify. The duo made its Capitol Records debut in February 2018 with Rosa. Earmilk praised the song and accompanying video as full of modern soul and predicted, The Danish group are slated for a massive breakout in the States.

The hypnotic Canada landed on Spotify’s tastemaker playlist Weekly Buzz soon after its release and also appeared on multiple New Music Friday playlists. The Line Of Best Fit hailed it as an expertly crafted R&B track taking cues from the pop world with its infectious hook. Mio, a hip-hop inspired song with a dreamy melody, prompted Clash Magazine to observe, Bristling with flouro-soaked tones, the sheer ambition is something to behold. All three tracks were accompanied by videos created by WIINSTON and their collaborators, which showcase their image-driven artistry

THE CHAINSMOKERS AT THE WILTERN

By Max Mason × Vaughn Lowery

Tonight, American Airlines and Mastercard presented The Chainsmokers (consisting of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart)
at The Wiltern in Koreatown LA. The event was easily accessible via Metro LA [subway/trains] and ride-sharing apps. It was truly a whimsical experience coupled with pyrotechnics and special effects. Upon entrance, VIP guests were provided oversized glow sticks alongside of gift bags. The venue exhibited eye-catching architecture both inside and out. After gaining access, rewarded guests quickly made their way to various open bar stations sprinkled throughout the complex. Small bites in conjunction with numerous step and repeat banners constantly kept us alert with a plethora of blinking lights. The overall execution was an EDM fan’s dream and encapsulated the innate energy of the electronica genre. Their set was absolutely phenomenal, performing crowd favorites like “Closer” and “Don’t Let Me Down.”

The CHAINSMOKERS, 360 magazine

The CHAINSMOKERS, 360 magazine

The Chainsmokers will return to LA on July 24th at the Hollywood Palladium. You can check out their latest video “Somebody” here.

Cold War Kids on Late Night

Today, Cold War Kids announce their upcoming performance on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Tune in to see them perform their single “Can We Hang On?” which will air June 18 on NBC.

This news coincides with the exciting announcement of two upcoming headline dates this summer: Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ on August 11 and Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY on August 13. Tickets are on sale today.

Cold War Kids are currently on their spring/summer North American tour, which The Star Tribune calls “a must see show.” Check out the full routing below, which includes headline dates and festival appearances.

The band recently released Audience, a live greatest hits album, and a retrospective on their career to date. Check out Audience HERE, and watch their live video for “Can We Hang On?” HERE.

Festa della Repubblica Italiana w/ Pirelli

Pirelli celebrated the “Festa della Repubblica Italiana”, Italy’s National Day, with a special “Tri-color” edition of its colored tires, produced specifically for the event.

The tire was donated yesterday by Pirelli to the Italian Ambassador in the US, Mr. Armando Varricchio.

In a number of countries across the world, Pirelli has marked the celebration of Italy’s national day through its product and brand presence. The tri-colored tires will be also fitted on certain Italian embassy vehicles in Germany, the United Kingdom, China, Russia, the United States, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. In the Italian diplomatic offices of these countries – as well as Paris, Ankara, Tokyo, Mexico City, Brasilia, Buenos Aires and the “Farnesina”  (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Rome) – a “Tri-color” tire will be on display from 2nd June.

Thanks to its experience in F1® competitions, Pirelli applies colors to road tires with the Pirelli Color Edition, not only embodying made-to-measure performance but also style and design; emphasizing their sporty, unique character. These colored tires use an innovative technology at the Pirelli plant in Bollate, which is located just outside of Milan.