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Billboard: Inside Mac Miller’s Circles Pop-Up Listening Event in Los Angeles

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On Thursday (Jan. 16) the Mac Miller Estate opened its arms for a preview of the Circles: Til’ Infinity listening event for Mac Miller’s first posthumous album, Circles.

Held at the revamped D.O.M. Gallery at the busy intersection of West Hollywood’s Melrose and Fairfax Avenue, the brightly lit, two-room Mac Miller museum pop-up glowed from blocks away on an otherwise quiet, rainy evening in Los Angeles. Organized by Warner Brothers Records, Mirrored Media, and Mac Miller’s family and former management, the minimalistic event was first advertised on social media five days ago as “Circles: Til Infinity. Intimate front-to-back listenings of Circles by Mac Miller. Art by fans and friends. Exclusive merch at all locations, with all net proceeds going to The Mac Miller Fund.” 

Upon entering the venue, attendees are met with a space resembling an art gallery, with a square, barbed-wire-enclosed merchandise station in the center of the room under a strikingly tall ceiling. Fans are given the opportunity to purchase over a dozen styles of shirts and hoodies, all of varying colors, with a Mac Miller logo and various phrases decorating the clothes. As mentioned on the “92tilinfinity” Instagram page, all sales’ proceeds are funneled to The Mac Miller Fund.

This first room tells a condensed tale of Miller’s life via visual mediums: Floor-to-ceiling windows take up one of the walls, while the other three are adorned with photos, paintings, posters, and personal polaroids (from Miller’s own cameras) of the late artist. A common theme among the photos is a smiling Miller, either at the studio, with friends, or in the midst of a carefree activity such as bike riding, portraying the Swimming MC as most fans and loved ones remember him.

While a majority of the photos depict the rapper as an adult, several childhood photos are also included, showing Miller with his mother and other family members. On the largest wall in the back of the room hangs a collage measuring over 40 square feet, boasting dozens, if not hundreds, of fan-art pieces — the fans’ devotion and love palpable. To the left of the collage is a placard listing the social media handles of the collage contributors. Glass cases with cartoonized Mac Miller POP! figurines by Bram Valure & Thomas Wadtke stand at one side of the room, emblematizing Mac as a pop culture fixture for this generation. 

The room had a pacified atmosphere as attendees moseyed around the crowded gallery, reading placards and examining photos. Most notably, Karen Myers and Mark Mccormick, Mac’s mother and father, and Miller Mccormick, Mac’s brother, were present. The late rapper’s immediate family remarkably did not formally address the guests, but rather nonchalantly socialized amongst the crowd, as strangers and friends alike approached the relatives to exchange greetings and pay their respects. The room buzzed with somber conversation and friendly chatter as a quiet playlist featuring the likes of The Eagles, John Lennon, The Rolling Stones, and Mazzy Star filled the background, with the tracks said to be selected by the estate as some of Malcolm’s personal favorites.

Through an entrance to the gallery’s side is a black-and-red decorated, dimly lit, sitting area intended to be the listening room. This second room is smaller in area than the gallery, with a bar on one side of the space. Couches, chairs, and other lounge furniture fill the room, inviting attendees to sit and take heed to the Circles album, which is played consecutively from the speakers at the top of every hour for the duration of the event. Unlike traditional listening events, there is no DJ working the crowd nor is there rambunctiously loud, upbeat music. Rather guests are implicitly encouraged to relax and become immersed in a sonic adventure, provided by Mac Miller and his producers.

The two-day listening experience is free of charge and will be open to any and all fans on a first-come, first-serve basis on Jan. 17 and Jan. 18, in Los Angeles, New York City, and Miller’s hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While the album is already officially released, phones are reportedly not permitted in the venue.

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Green Day Hometown Pop Up Shop in Oakland

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To celebrate their hometown show at Oakland’s O.co Coliseum on August 5th, 2017, Green Day wanted to do something extra special for their fans leading up to the big day. Mirrored Media teamed up with Warner Bros. Records to produce an ultra-exclusive pop-up shop for two days prior to the show.

The event was hosted on August 3rd and 4th at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records just north of downtown Oakland, a place with no shortage of Green Day lore. The stage wall in the pop-up space had a chunk taken out of it from when frontman Billie Joe Armstrong smashed his guitar there during a show years ago.

Fans were encouraged to arrive early to grab select merchandise only available during the two-day event. It was a Green Day fan’s paradise, featuring exclusive merchandise, limited edition cassette box sets, skateboard decks, vintage band photos, original album artwork and props, custom neon signage, and actual instruments owned by the band members themselves. Green Day’s eclectic 28-year catalogue played through a vintage Hitachi boombox that is pictured on the cover of their 2016 album, Revolution Radio. Fans were even treated to free coffee courtesy of Oakland Coffee; locally-owned and co-founded by Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt.

One of the highlights and fan favorites was the arcade claw machine, which was fully wrapped with band art on the outside. Inside, it contained Green Day’s signature stuffed pink bunnies, which fans had the opportunity to win with any purchase in the store. Especially determined customers aimed for one of the rare green bunnies, of which only 25 were produced.

A TV also looped content from the Green Day-distributed documentary Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk.

Turn It Around gave us the opportunity to tell the story of the East Bay punk rock scene, a scene that’s a sacred thing to me, Mike and Tré and to a lot of others who were there at the founding and who helped to shape the genre,” said Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong.

Fans lined up early on the first morning with a line around the block soon after. The shop was officially opened by Green Day’s mascot for the Revolution Radio tour, Drunk Bunny, along with the Oakland A’s mascot, Stomper. The two battled for the store keys at the front entrance; each one wanting the privilege of opening the pop-up. Ultimately, Drunk Bunny prevailed, though both Oakland legends welcomed guests into the shop as they posed for pictures with fans.

With a line out the door for the majority of the two-day event, merchandise flew off the shelves. Oakland fans truly felt the hometown love, and the band members even took a few keepsakes of their own, showing that this was more than just another pop-up. This was home.

Banks & Steelz NY and LA Debut | “Love + War”

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In New York or LA? Check out our newest exclusive art installation stunt that announces the new duo, Banks & Steelz!

We partnered with Warner Bros. Records to produce an interactive art exhibit highlighting Banks & Steelz, which is comprised of Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and Interpol’s Paul banks. This installation is a campaign to get the word out about the new duo and was their vision to debut their new track , “Love + War.” Make sure to Shazam the “Help Wanted Sign” to receive never before heard original content!

Check out more about the pop-up art installation that has come to life  in NY and LA in this recent SPIN Article! 

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