The most anticipated electronic music event of the year is back for its 16th incarnation. Ultra Music Festival, arguably the largest electronic-dance music festival in North America (in terms of attendees), will take place in Miami’s own Bayfront Park March 27-29.
With a reputation for top-notch production along with the most sought-after artists in the dance music sphere, it comes to no surprise the Ultra team has diversified their performing talent by including a plethora of extremely notable non-traditional EDM producers. Performances by Odesza, Clean Bandit, Chromeo, Goldroom, Kiesza, ASTR, Die Antwoord and live performances by Porter Robinson, RAC and Netsky will play side-by-side to traditional electronic DJs at the other six surrounding stages.
Oliver Heldens’ infectious banger “Last All Night (Koala)” has conquered the radio as the widespread introduction to this fresh-faced talent. The 19-year-old producer is the newest in a series of adolescent Dutch prodigies. Named as an “Artist to Watch” by Rolling Stone, Heldens has carved a niche in the ever-expanding world of EDM.
Signed at 17 by Spinnin’ Records, Heldens has climbed swiftly up the ranks as a pioneer of “future house,” weaving deep bass lines with the melodic grooves of classic house. He showcases his prowess with a diverse range of productions, abandoning the rigid confines of genre and preferring to conjure beats of his own liking.
La Dispute is no laughing matter. The contemplativeness of lead singer Jordan Dreyer’s lyrics border on a realm of unmitigated melancholy. His musings resemble the thoughts one has on a solitary drive on a lonely highway, when the mind ponders the nature of the vast forests and the infinite towns passing you by on the highway. There is also a rhapsodic quality to La Dispute’s music, which is fashioned by Dreyer’s lyrics and the minimalist backing instrumentation. Both they and their fans and critics loosely label the band as punk, but the definition of "punk," much like the contemporary punk beau monde, is derelict and nonuniform. This is, whatever the genre, simply good music.
Start your Friday night off to the musical stylings of rising sensation, Skye Stevens, at The Manor Complex, one of the most epic night spots in Wilton Manors, Fla. With his latest single 'Pass The Keys' still in heavy rotation internationally, and after making his mark in the pop dance world by solidifying the #3 spot on Billboard charts with smash hit 'Take All Night' in 2012, Skye is more than ready to give anticipated fans a breathtaking performance this weekend.
Garrett Borns has had a whirlwind couple of months.
Like lightening in a bottle, BØRNS exploded onto the scene last November with the release of his debut EP Candy. The Michigan-bred LA transplant is in a league of his own, bringing a personal blend of sunshine pop to the table, complete with super sweet, feel-good vibes. BØRNS' peppy tracks have won over late-night audiences (you can check out his killer Conan appearance HERE) and celebrities alike (Taylor Swift is a huge fan, #justsayingggg) - so naturally, we HAD to have a chat with the budding star before he invades NYC with MisterWives on March 31st (tickets HERE). Check out what BØRNS had to say about living in a treehouse, his super-secret side project, and California love...
Day one of BUKU Music + Art Project set the bar high for festival attendees, but wait till you hear about day two.
Taking place in New Orleans’s very own Mardi Gras World, over 50 artists performed over the two-day span of the festival. After experiencing an incredible first day on the river, it was hard to believe Saturday would come close to matching up. Yet, with a diverse lineup ranging from underground beat-connoisseurs like Hudson Mohawake and ILoveMakonnen to idolized DJ’s such as Bassnectar and Porter Robinson, fans could’ve easily spent the day between stages as every group put on a headline-worthy performance. Make sure to check out Joonbug's full review of BUKU Day 1.
It’s rare that you come across a band that you can’t seem to find the fitting band to compare them to. Fin-Folsom is that rarity. Brooklyn trio Conor Walsh, Joshua Gottesman, and Jeremy Nakamura “went to school together, didn't hang out, graduated, didn't enjoy working, started playing music, and are still working”. This ordinary path of most twenty-somethings lost in the limbo of life led to the extra-ordinary sound that the band describes as “Animal Pop”. What Animal Pop is, no one knows - not even the band - but that doesn't stop us from knowing that Fin-Folsom is going places, and you should probably tag along.
Trade has never shied away from pushing the envelope when it comes to delivering the best and brightest underground talent to Miami's party scene. Known for their feels-like-a-local-party vibe, the events produced by LINKMiami Rebels are second to none if you're looking for a no-frills, all-about-the-music kind of night. Last year during Art Basel, their talent roster featured names like Sasha, Dubfire, Martin Buttrich and more. Miami Music Week is no exception.
Their event schedule begins on Monday, March 23 with Joseph Capriati behind the decks for a marathon techno performance. On Tuesday, March 24, French trio Apollonia take the stage in the club's downstairs room, while Mindshake showcases the likes of Paco Osuna and more in the upstairs main room. On Wednesday, March 25, CLR mainstays Chris Liebing, Marcel Dettmann, Radio Slave and Drumcell take over the decks downstairs, while Carl Craig, Luciano and Stacey Pullen (more to be announced) show Detroit some love in the main room. Thursday, March 26 belongs to tINI and The Gang (Mathew Johnson, Bill Patrick, Randall M) downstairs, and Next Wave (Petre Inspirescu, Francesco Del Garda, Alexandra) upstairs. Maceo Plex, Danny Daze and Shall Ocin will command the main room on Friday, March 27, while Mano Le Tough and The Drifter pump grooves downstairs. On Saturday, March 28, Trade will host Nicole Moudaber and Skin in the main room, and Maya Jane Coles, Bob Moses, Catz 'N Dogz and more downstairs. Lastly, the team wraps up the week on Sunday, March 29, with a Desolate showcase featuring Guti, Robert Dietz, Hector, Livio & Roby, Yaya, Francisco Allendes and more.
Tickets to all of the events can be purchased here, under 'March'.
Not all the action is happening on Miami Beach this WMC. From Above & Beyond to Reboot, there's a pretty stellar list of artists headed to Wynwood to celebrate Miami Music Week. Especially promising, Electronique's label showcase is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 25th at The Social Lubricant Lounge.
Electronique began as a small club party in Berlin, but has since garnered international recognition in the realm of techno. Supported by artists such as Luciano, Carl Cox, Maceo Plex and Marco Carola, the Electronique brand can always be counted on to deliver great talent and forward-thinking techno. Reboot is on the list of headliners for the upcoming WMC party, along with names like Yaya, Fosky, Javier Carballo and Nitin. The Social Lubricant Lounge, with its open air patio, white leather couches and around-the-clock hookah will provide the perfect setting for this event.
The party starts at 3:00 p.m. and will run until 5:00 a.m. Tickets can be purchased here.
Thousands of music lovers invaded New Orleans on March 13 and 14 for the fourth annual BUKU Music & Art Project, each looking forward to enjoying prominent headliners and fresh faces. As 58 talented acts performed across six entirely unique stages, the two-day project exploded with excellent music that exceeded all expectations.
When someone realized that rap, dance and indie beats could not only coexist but unite and blend, the BUKU Project was born. By combining these genres, BUKU has created its own niche in the festival scene, attracting an entirely new demographic altogether.
The Opium Group has never disappointed when it comes to delivering great talent to locals and visitors alike. That said, looking at their WMC schedule is like looking at a marathon obstacle course - there are so many must-see artists stacked across the city that the hardest part is finding the energy (and funds) to hit all of the parties - or worse, choose between them.
Nevertheless, the one show that merits priority selection is Armin van Buuren & Friends. Taking place on the night of Wednesday, March 25 at Mansion, the show will feature the Armada mogul himself as he takes the stage with some surprise "friends." Music fans (trance or otherwise) would do well not to miss the master at work - especially amidst the dazzling display of Mansion's renown light system and the ever-present fanfare of its infamous confetti canons. Grab tickets here.