Skrillex & Friends Team Up for Music Education on Full Flex Express Tour

By James Pleasant Skrillex, typically known for his monstrous EDM anthems, is partnering with non-profit Bridges for Music on his Full Flex Express tour in support of music education. During the tour, Skrillex’s handpicked acts will donate tens of thousands … Continue reading

Roger Waters, Billy Corgan & Others to Perform at the 2015 Music Heals Concert for Wounded Veterans

By James Pleasant Progressive rock icon Roger Waters will headline the 2015 Music Heals benefit concert in Washington D.C. on October 16, which will raise funds for MusicCorps, a charity that supports injured veterans through music. The concert at D.C.’s … Continue reading

PDX Pop Now! Festival Showcases Rising Portland Bands While Benefiting Local Non-Profit

By Anna DiBlosi The spotlight shines on Portland’s music community during the annual PDX Pop Now! Festival, showcasing more than 40 of Rose City’s best emerging bands July 24-26 underneath the city’s famed Hawthorne Bridge at AudioCinema. The PDX Pop … Continue reading

Non-Profit Label Freedom Beat Promotes Non-Violent Resistance Through Music

By James Pleasant Record labels are usually known for signing and promoting whichever artists they believe will reap the highest profit, regardless of their style or the subject matter they address. However, new record label Freedom Beat officially launched last week, breaking … Continue reading

Jack Johnson Joins the 5 Gyres SEA Change Expedition to Spread Awareness of Plastic Pollution in the Ocean

By James Pleasant Singer-songwriter and long-time environmental activist Jack Johnson has joined the 5 Gyres non-profit organization on an expedition to spread awareness and educate people about plastics pollution in the world’s oceans. On June 2, Johnson, alongside the 5 Gyres … Continue reading

Sweetlife Festival Continues with More Healthy, Locally Grown Food & Performances by The Weeknd, Calvin Harris & Charli XCX

By James Pleasant Day 2 of the Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, offered another helping of healthy, seasonal food options, and more amazing music performances by The Weeknd, Charli XCX, Vic Mensa, and many more. One … Continue reading

Sweetlife Festival Combines Performances by Kendrick Lamar, Pixies & More with Healthful, Locally Grown Fare

By James Pleasant More than your average music festival, Sweetlife brings together renowned artists, music fans and smartly sourced, seasonal food. Day 1 of the festival at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD boasted incredible performances by artists including … Continue reading

Drake, Alt-J & The Strokes to Headline the First-Ever Landmark Music Festival to Restore the National Mall

By James Pleasant Drake, Alt-J, The Strokes and several other notable musicians are scheduled to play at the inaugural Landmark Music Festival at Washington, D.C.’s West Potomac Park on September 26-27 to raise funds and awareness for the restoration of … Continue reading

Queens of the Stone Age, Paramore and Jimmy Eat World Team Up to Launch Charity Benefiting Disabled Musicians

By Anna DiBlosi Queens of the Stone Age frontman Joshua Homme, alongside bands Paramore and Jimmy Eat World, launched the charity The Sweet Stuff Foundation to support career musicians and recording engineers with medical treatment, income assistance and more in … Continue reading