Show Review: Noname and Ravyn Lenae Slay at The Crocodile

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I saw Noname perform at The Crocodile this past Wednesday. Ravyn Lenae opened for her, and needless to say they were both incredible. I had been anticipating this concert for quite some time now (I ordered the tickets in November), and the night had finally arrived.

First things first, I had also bought meet and greet tickets for my lovely girlfriend in an effort to blow Valentine’s Day out of the water. For the most part I think it was a success. She was excited to meet Noname, as was I, of course. Unfortunately, we both had different reactions to talking to her in person. She was so nervous that her mind started racing, asking Noname-whose real name is Fatima-question after question. This was a godsend, because I was so nervous that my mind drew a blank and stood there sheepishly, only mustering the courage to introduce myself and say “yes” a few times. 

After a photo op with Fatima, it was time for the concert. Unbeknownst to me, there was an act before Ravyn Lenae. Local Seattle rappers Nyles Davis and Mo Money got the show started, but not exactly as I had expected. Noname and Ravyn Lenae’s musical styles both exude peacefulness and don’t try to be in your face. Davis and Mo Money were both accurate reflections of what rap is becoming: repetitive lyrics over bass-heavy beats. Their music reminded me a lot of Lil Uzi Vert, my least favorite rapper in the game right now. Mo Money also got really sweaty and it was flying everywhere, so that didn’t help his set improve.

Finally, the time came for the actual concert to start, and Ravyn Lenae came out. And let me tell ya, her voice was jaw dropping. I knew it was good when I listened to her music on Spotify, but it was probably even better live. Each song she performed had multiple vocal inflections where she would change the note while she belted out a single word or sound. My previously hefty expectations had been exceeded somehow and I was witnessing an angel on stage. 

Lenae also took the time to explain the meaning behind each song before she performed it. I had listened through her Moon Shoes EP multiple times, but had never taken the time to thoroughly listen to it and pull the meaning from each song. I found myself listening much more intently, trying to connect the lyrics to the explanation she had given just a few minutes earlier. Also, she put the mic in front of my girlfriend to sing a part of a song, but evidently the pressure was overwhelming and she could only sing for a split second before laughing it off. To be fair, I would’ve done the exact same thing, and Ravyn probably would’ve gotten the whole crowd to make fun of me because I can’t sing as well as her. That may have been why she did it in the first place.

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Lenae’s set ended after about 45 minutes and it was time for the headliner, Noname. Her debut album Telefone was one of my favorite albums of last year. It was meaningful, perfectly produced, and it introduced me to a female rapper that I actually enjoyed (sorry not sorry Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea). Noname’s band was the first to come on stage, performing a few minutes of smooth instrumentals before Noname came out to open with “All I Need”. To my relief, she sounded exactly like she did on Telefone. The live band was a great addition; Davis, Mo Money, and Lenae all performed over recordings of the instrumentals to their songs (Davis actually rapped over recordings of his songs with the rap recorded too, so he didn’t have to work as hard). Noname performed Telefone in its entirety, as well as her verses for Mick Jenkins’ “Comfortable” and Chance the Rapper’s “Lost”. Ravyn Lenae joined her on stage and they performed “Forever” together, which was easily the best moment of the night. Noname’s discography still has some growing to do, because she ran out of music to perform after half an hour. Despite the short set, Noname was excellent on stage and had the audience captivated the whole time.

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The concert as a whole was great. The surprise openers got the concert off on a sour note, but Ravyn Lenae and Noname more than made up for the openers’ slip-ups. Both either performed exactly as in their recordings or far beyond what I had expected. Once they expand their discography there will only be more demand for them to go on tour again, and I look forward to when that day comes. Check out each artist’s music below.

Noname – Telefone

Ravyn LenaeMoon Shoes EP

Nyles Davis

Mo Money

Archie O’Dell

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A Valentine’s playlist for the rest of us

Valentine’s Day is probably one of the year’s most polarizing holidays. Some of us embrace it and look forward to it, while some of us try to pretend it doesn’t exist and eat ice cream with our friends because we don’t have dates. Some of us just don’t really care at all. But no matter how you celebrate Valentine’s Day (or don’t), that shouldn’t stop you from listening to some great tunes.

I’ve been putting together a playlist over the last few months that’s full of songs that remind me of the soundtrack to some indie love-story movie. Some of them are upbeat, some of them are sad. Some of them don’t really seem to relate to love at all, but they’ll give you a nice dance break. Artists range from The Velvet Underground and John Mayer to Blackbird Blackbird and Youth Lagoon.

To be honest, this playlist is a bit of a mismatch of the moods that make up the different stages of a love story. So you can skip all the sad breakup songs and only listen to the happy ones, or vice versa. Or listen to all of the tracks, because they’re all good. Anyways, happy V-Day, Huskies.

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Ann Evans



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gnovs’ groove: a traveling (or not) playlist

if you’ve gone home for thanksgiving, and theres a bus ride/train ride/long drive/plane ride involved, don’t you worry. i’ve got the playlist for you. this will make the longest of rides easy with an hour and a half of hip hop to bob your head to.

however, if you’re like me and you’re stuck thousands of miles from home, this is a great playlist to bump so you don’t miss home, quite as much. 

safe travels 

Sky’s The Limit (feat. 112) – The Notorious B.I.G.

Backwards – Tame Impala, Kendrick Lamar

Multiply – A$AP Rocky, Juicy J

Lean and Weed (feat. Problem) – Skeme

Can’t Stop (feat. Kanye West) – Theophilus London

Hol’ Up – Kendrick Lamar

See No Evil – The Game, Kendrick Lamar, Tank

Chaining Day – J. Cole

Who I Am – Pusha T, 2 Chainz, Big Sean

Sorry Momma – YG, Ty Dolla $ign

PMW (All I Really Need) – A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q

Do You Think About Me – 50 Cent

Drive Slow – Kanye West, Paul Wall, GLC

What They Want – Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz

God’s Reign (feat. Sza) – Ab-Soul

Blow My High (Members Only) – Kendrick Lamar

Driving Ms Daisy – Logic, Childish Gambino

Pain – A$AP Rocky, OverDoz.

Cold Blooded – Kid Cudi

Chapter Six – Kendrick Lamar

I Won – Future, Kanye West

Black People (feat. Kendrick Lamar) – Jay Rock

Ain’t That Some Shit (Interlude) – J. Cole

Jesus Piece – The Game, Kanye West, Common

hop out my lane

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gnovs’ groove: A Magic Midterm Playlist

hi fellow dawgs. if you’re like me, these past two weeks of midterms have been a struggle… and it’s not over yet. if you need to just vibe out and get a good music high, here’s a quick playlist to decompress between the hours of studying that lie ahead.

Wet – Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl

SZA – Childs Play (Chance The Rapper)

M83 – I Need You

Hippie Sabotage – Sunny

Jai Paul – BTSTU (Demo)

James Blake – Life Round Here

Chet Faker – Blush

Active Child – I’m In Your Church At Night

have a good week 🙂

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LT’s Choice: Topographic Map

I was driving through the back roads of Yosemite with my mom and after I had been playing my music for a while she said, “you really like songs that take forever to actually start.”

Well, she was right. Topographic Map, which is embedded below, is a list of some of my favorite songs that take forever to get going. 

The Unicorns – Child Star

The Heligoats – Arizona

Built to Spill – Things Fall Apart 

The Hotelier – An Introduction to the Album

Cymbals Eat Guitars – Share

Modest Mouse – Talking Shit About a Pretty Sunset

Grandaddy – He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s the One

The Notwist – Consequence 

Have a Nice Life – The Big Gloom 

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Lauren-Taylor Mansfield