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Tank And The Bangas' New Song "Smoke.Netflix.Chill" Sounds Like Springtime

Tank and the Bangas' new song just feels so right. 

As April's temperatures struggle to find day-to-day consistency, new music has been ushering us closer to some sort of seasonal warmth. Tank and the Bangas, the New Orleans-bred group whose charismatic Tiny Desk performance took the internet by storm, have cut loose a new song for their growing fanbase to enjoy. Consider "Smoke.Netflix.Chill" ear candy.

The groovy song touches on the dating world's favorite discussion topic, but puts a sunny spin on it. In addition to "Smoke.Netflix.Chill," they also dropped a limited edition vinyl record, Live Vibes, released exclusively through Record Store Day. The album was recorded live at Gasa Gasa in New Orleans in 2017 and really speaks to the extent of their live music-making craft.

Consider this the beginning of a busy summer. The five-piece group just closed the books on two Coachella performance before heading out on their live tour. Listen to "Smoke.Netflix.Chill" as well as catch the full list of performance dates below.

Tank and the Bangas Live:
April 20—Indio, CA—Coachella
April 21—North Charleston, SC—Riverfront Park
April 22—Charleston, SC—High Water Festival
April 27—New Orleans, LA—Tipitinas
April 28—Oxford, MS—Double Decker Arts Festival
May 3—New Orleans, LA—House Of Blues
May 4—New Orleans, LA—The Civic Theatre
May 6—Memphis, TN—Beale Street Music Festival
May 9—Louisville, KY—Headliners Music Hall
May 11—Richmond, VA—Brown’s Island
May 12—Saxapahaw, NC—New River Ballroom
May 13—Asheville, NC—The Grey Eagle
May 15—Charlotte, NC—Visulite Theatre
May 16—Knoxville, TN—U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre
May 17—Nashville, TN—The Basement East
May 18—Atlanta, GA—Terminal West
May 19—Gulf Shores, AL—Hangout Music Festival
May 24—San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore
May 25—Napa, CA—BottleRock Napa Valley
May 27—George, WA—Sasquatch! Festival
June 15—Bergen, Norway—Bergenhus Festning
June 29—Ewijk, Netherlands—De Groene Heuvels
July 7—Copenhagen, Denmark—Pumpehuset
July 27—Camden, NJ—XPoNential Music Festival
July 28—Newport, RI—Newport Folk Festival
August 22—Denver, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre
October 18—Washington, DC—9:30 Club

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GoldLink Does It Again: Listen To His New Project 'Diaspora'

Fans haven't heard a full-length project from DMV rapper GoldLink since he dropped At What Cost in 2017, but on Wednesday (June 12), the rapper released his new project Diaspora.

The 14-track album features Khalid, Pusha T, Maleek Berry, Wizkid, Bibi Bourelly, Tyler the Creator, and more. The rapper previously released a solo single earlier this year, "Got Muscle," that had smooth melodic rhythms and beats featuring the fluid rhymes of Peewee Longway and WaveIQ.

Earlier this month, Tyler, the Creator announced the dates of his Igor Tour revealing that GoldLink would be one of the supporting acts. Just a year ago, the D.C. native blessed NPR's Tiny Desk performing songs from his past projects.

In an interview with VICE, GoldLink discussed his previous soundscape, At What Cost, and how it speaks to the nature of his hometown. “This album wasn’t really about a resurgence of sound,” GoldLink said. “More like an ode to something that should have gotten more attention. The state of the city is not really the same. I wanted to highlight that, so it’s not forgotten and lost in the files.”

You can listen to Diaspora below.

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Kiana Lede Drops Her Newest EP 'Myself'

Hailing from the streets of Phoenix, AZ, Kiana Ledé is a force to be reckoned with. She's not an artist that can be boxed in, she flourishes in all aspects of her musicality; whether it's in singing her bohemian-infused R&B tunes, playing the piano or songwriting, three components of her artistry that can be found in her newest EP, Myself. When the 22-year-old sat down with VIBE in December she had spoken about her previous EP, Selfless and the life experiences — both painful and rewarding — that she had incorporated in her project. In Selfless, she discussed her battle with anxiety and depression, and while those two aspects of her life are still evident in her new EP, a more common theme throughout the six-track project is, love.

The opening song on Myself, "Can I" finds Kiana Ledé crooning about a love that she just can't seem to let go of. "Made a mistake/I keep it straight with you/I wasn't capable of keeping away from you/I can't even flex/'Cause not even time/And not even lies, could take me away from you." The track is definitely one people can relate to; that one relationship that may have run its course, but it's the hardest to forget and surrender.

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On "Heavy", the fifth track off her EP, Kiana Ledé allows herself to get more vulnerable on the acoustic beat. She confesses that she doesn't have it all together, her priorities aren't "straight," she's not clear which version of herself she should be and she admits to faking strength rather than "showing weakness." The Republic Records artist pours her insecurities about herself and love into the song, offering fans an inside look into the ups and downs of both.

While many of the songs on the follow up to Selfless are the perfect soundtracks for a quiet night at home, Kiana Ledé supplied her fans with a dance record fitting for a night out. With an assist from Offset, she was able to create the record "Bouncin," that's more catchy than it has more than any right to be. "Something/My body's saying something/I'm underwater, drowning/I know that I ain't dripping/Can't leave without it."

Myself is the EP that Kiana Ledé stans needed to keep them satiated while she works on her debut album. Although it's only six tracks, the songs have enough replay value to last until then.

 

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Kash Doll And Lil Wayne Unite On Bold And Bass-Heavy 'Kitten'

Kash Doll is coming for our necks with new music. The Detroit musician– who revealed to VIBE Vixen during her appearance on Boss Talk podcast that her new music could drop "any time" – is back with a new track featuring Lil Wayne.

"Kitten" addresses men who are only looking for one thing, assuring that she isn't giving into their wishes.

"I don't want no dog, I'm allergic," she spits on the track. "Take you to the park, have your fun..." An assist from Wayne brings the bass-bumpin' track to new heights, and is sure to be another anthem from the "Ice Me Out" MC.

“'Kitten’ is a fun playful song for summer. Dogs will be dogs but they ain't getting this kitten," she says of the song. When discussing her famous featured artist, she continued by stating "Wayne is a rap God, an icon and legend. To be able to have a song with him is more than a dream come true.”

“Expect fire," Kash Doll says of the content of her forthcoming project. "I’m not gonna say anything, but it’s [coming] soon. I’m happier, I’m litty-er… I’ve been working with different producers, I have different features, it’s a lot of growth. I’m anxious but nervous at the same time, because it’s different.”

Listen to "Kitten" above and her entire Boss Talk podcast episode below.

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