DX News Bits: A-Trak, Kid Sister, Travis Barker, iCrates
A-Trak hits the road with Kid Sister, Travis Barker joins forces with Guitar Center for a new contest, and the iPhone channels its inner crate digger.
A-Trak is preparing to hit the road on his Magic 8-Ball Tour. The storied producer and DJ to Kanye West will be backed by frequent collaborator Kid Sister, producer the Gaslamp Killer and a series of special to-be-announced special guests.
Following his performance this April 17 at Coachella with Duck Sauce partner Armand Van Heldan, A-Trak and company will hit a number of major venues across the states throughout April and May. The complete list of the Magic 8-Ball Tour dates can be found below.
Apr 15 Indio, CA Coachella
Apr 17 Indio, CA Coachella
Apr 19 Dallas, TX Trees
Apr 20 Austin, TX Venue 222
Apr 21 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Apr 22 Atlanta, GA Quad
Apr 23 Nashville, TN Limelight
Apr 26 Washington, DC U Street Music Hall
Apr 27 Philadelphia, PA Voyeur
Apr 30 New York, NY Terminal 5
May 2 Boston, MA Royale Nightclub
May 3 Montreal, QC Telus Theater
May 5 Chicago, IL The Mid
May 6 Madison, WI Majestic Theatre
May 7 Eugene, OR Willamette Valley Music Festival
May 9 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
May 10 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
May 12 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
May 13 Portland, OR Branx
May 14 Seattle, WA WaMu Theatre
May 16 San Francisco, CA Mezzanine
In other news, Travis Barker has teamed up with Guitar Center for a new contest aimed at aspiring musicians. Titled "Your Next Record," the contest will give musicians the chance to pick up thousands of dollars worth of musical equipment and to record with the legendary producer and drummer.
Staring April 30, "Your Next Record" offers unsigned entrants from across a variety of genres the opportunity to submit their music for the chance to win the chance to record a three-song EP produced by and featuring Barker, distribution through TuneCore and $10,000 worth of music equipment from Guitar Center.
A promo video for the contest can be seen below. Fans can find more information at the contest's website.
Finally, iPhone has introduced a new app just for the crate diggers. The app iCrates will afford record collectors the chance to find out information about certain records with just the click of a button.
According to iCrates's website, the app gives crate diggers "instant access to the biggest music databases and marketplaces such as Discogs, eBay, Amazon and iTunes...[to] find detailed information on releases, artists and labels while searching for music in record stores or on flea markets." iCrates also features a variety of additional features, including barcode scanner, record rarity, average selling prices among other things.
The app is currently priced at $1.99. A promo video can be seen below.