If you look up America’s favorite past-time, you’ll find its true definitions discretely written beneath baseball: sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll. With modern society taking a turn vice, its rare (and oddly refreshing) to find anything that channels these three elements into one concise package that serves up as many laughs as it does scandal. SDR delivers a mixture of both, and in perfect proportions.
The SDR Show (short for Sex, Drugs, and Rock-N-Roll) is the delightfully salacious yet wildly hilarious radio show run by former nightlife icon and nationally acclaimed rock DJ Ralph Sutton, and world-renown comedian Big Jay Oakerson. Sure, you can liken the podcast’s candid bawdiness to that of the Howard Stern Show, but the combination of these two dynamic personalities makes for a radio show that stands apart and completely blows every expectation out of the water.
Though summer is slowly approaching it's end, don't worry --Dada Life have found a way to make your transition back to reality go a little smoother. Going back to the regulations of school and work and all that miserable stuff is tough, but Dada Life promise that for one night the only rules that apply are the Rules of Dada. So bust out your favorite banana costumes and start preparing for those signature champagne showers because the Dada Life duo are about to get rowdy.
Though the month long tour dates seem pretty random, with no stops in major cities like NYC, Las Vegas, LA or Chicago, those fortunate enough to be able to attend Dada Life's retreat back to school should begin preparing themselves now. Last time they were on tour, Dada Life broke the world record for the largest pillow fight in history, so honestly who really knows what they have up their sleeves for this one.
Take a look at the tour dates and then start getting tickets for Dada Life's September tour here!
Escape Music Festival is excited to announce their first interactive concert at Pier 9 in Brooklyn, New York on October 11th and 12th. This is going to be a HUGE festival that will showcase 30 performances and attract a crowd of more than 16,000 people over the course of two days. Featured musical artists include Placebo and Yeasayer, along with Ra Ra Riot, Bakermat, ASTR, Tesla Boy, Basecamp and Follow Me, as well as DJ sets by The Crystal Method, Neon Indian and STRFKR. Be sure to follow the fest to get more info as it is available.
After his remix of Bastille's 'Pompeii' was crowned the most played track at EDC Las Vegas earlier this summer, Audien is back with another remix guaranteed to take over the second half of the summer festival season. After posting the album artwork on his Facebook page, with nothing other than an ominous "soon..." the 22-year-old producer and DJ from Connecticut has finally released his very own Michael Jackson remix.
Though 'Slave To The Rhythm' isn't the first song off of Xscape get its own EDM makeover, with Fedde le Grand giving his own take on 'Love Never Felt So Good' back in May. Many are trying to hold to the idea that you can't remix the King of Pop, but Audien does a spectacular job, transforming the whole song and giving it a more modern, electro spin while still managing to throw in his own signature progressive piano flair.
With multiple Grammy Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and a platinum debut album all tucked gently under her belt, Lorde is back with an entirely new task to tackle. The 17-year-old singer/songwriter has agreed to curate the soundtrack album for the upcoming third installment of the global blockbuster The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. What this means is that Lorde will get the opportunity to hand pick all of the artists to be on the film's soundtrack. And, as if that weren't enough, Lorde is also set to provide the lead single for the movie, following in the footsteps of Taylor Swift and Coldplay.
It’s been another one of those days. Hostile work environment, ruthless Manhattan bikers clipping legs while whizzing by, stalled subway, and puddles everywhere, and the rain...the unrelenting rain. Soggy and exhausted, you're home at last. Warm slippers, vinyl, wine and a cold piece of chicken from last night’s take-out. Thoughts racing; memories of last night's bickering, followed by silence, fades as you take a Heavy Sigh...
Heavy Sigh has just released their first EP; it’s luminescent, like commiserating with an old friend after a hard day. It’s chill and alluringly transcendental, and it starts with “Rains," a track with strong, steady, pulsing beats. Front woman Suzy Forman's voice floats airily over tinkling guitars; "I remembered your chair reclining, back in 2008, and my eyes watered, and I remembered watering my neighbors' flowers, and thinking that I was important...and that I was necessary...." as she reflects back to a time when their love was still fresh and engaged."Chlorine" is a sleepy track filled with fond memories and a deep yearning. The lyrics are succinct with only one verse, "My hair still smelled like fire and chlorine, you tucked your nose behind a strand in a dream...but you're not with me, but you're not with me..." Languid guitars filter through transcendental horns until it reaches its climactic end; it’s lovely, even other-worldly. "Tell Me What State You're In," is a tune with an unmistakable 90's vibe. Combining the instrumentals of early Smashing Pumpkins with the dazed, dreamy vocals of a stoned Alanis Morissette and slightly-drunk Zooey Deschanel, Forman tells a woebegone tale of missing an absent lover. "Now it's your turn to leave me at home, I'll never get used to being left alone. You said you managed as 'patient and sad,' I can manage that...but can I manage the rest?" "My Quiet's" title track plays like a crestfallen lullaby, gently strumming guitars intermingling with a steady, methodical drum beat. Forman waxes lyrical about her struggle to break out of her shell, crooning, "Please let me know if you'd rather stay at home, I understand if it's one of those nights...I have them all the time..." The instrumentals slowly build in intensity, as Forman laments about her inability to be heard, "Hear me, hear me, I'm speaking...is anyone listening? My quiet can tremble, but only so far, so far it's not far enough..." The album concludes with "C.I.P.," a track that addresses the overwhelming exhaustion that can weigh us down when the monotony of life sets in. The mere echo of horns mix with gentle guitars and soft percussion to provide the ambiance for Forman’s emotional revelation: "An eleven hour headache in a two-seater on the 6:43 train...and my hat is pulled halfway over my eyes. I thank the conductor as he takes my ticket and involuntarily gasp for air twice..." The track comes to a head as she wails, "I'm so tired...I'm so tired..." grieving and desperate for freedom from the dictates of daily life. Heavy Sigh subscribes to the philosophy that misery loves company, in a way that comforts a weary soul. It’s sweet, gentle and extremely zone-inducing...it's an auditory Xanax. Check it out here, and you're going to be just fine.
The self proclaimed James Dean of rap, G Eazy, enlists French Montana and Yung FLiiBoy on his B-side release “Say,” released a week following his debut album, These Things Happen. On the slow tempo rhythm single; the Bay Area, Ca., emcee spits lyrical venom at haters over a piano and synthesized instrumentation and mocks them for underestimating his lyrical prowess. “I just sparked my blunt and played the beat and write something/ Sleep on me you’re f------ dumb/ And even your girl knows I’m coming.” Montana and FLiiBoy, aids G Eazy in the attack as they deliver their strongest on bars on "Say," heard on the hook.
Record label, Wondaland Arts Society, has premiered the visual to Janelle Monáe's "Electric Lady;" the title song on her sophomore album, which was released September 6th, 2013. In the video, Monáe assumes the role of her audacious alter ego, Cindi Mayweather; a fictional character, who is taken from Fritz Lang's 1927 film, Metropolis.
The scene opens with Mayweather ironing and talking to her mother just before she leaves for a sorority party. At the party, Mayweather and her college peers, mingle, dance and exchange pleasantries as she entertains the crowd. Animated photographs of her Electro Phi Betas Emeritus sorority sisters, portrayed by female recording artists, T Boz, Estelle, Monica, Kimbra and Esperanza, display the ladies dancing and singing the words to the song. Electric Lady serves as the fourth and fifth installments to Monae's seven-part Metropolis concept series. The visual, which also includes a cameo of T. I. Harris, is a nice preview for Monáe's upcoming international tour, scheduled to begin in August.
Kygo has quickly managed to find himself as one of the hottest producers of the summer. With his twinkling, beachy remixes of everyone from Ed Sheeran to Coldplay and even Martin Gaye, the twenty-two year old from Norway has now vowed to keep the summer fun going on a little longer with his Endless Summer Tour kicking off at the end of September.
Joining Kygo in his efforts to keep summer lasting as long as possible will be tropical house producer Thomas Jack along with deep house man Amtrac. Hitting major cities all over the country, including a quick stop in Canada, this month long tour is the place to be this fall.
Cashmere Cat certainly isn't the first person you would think of for a collaboration with pop sensation Ariana Grande, and even after he was listed as one of the collaborators on her upcoming album, My Everything most people were still a little confused. It was only when Cashmere Cat finally played the new song during his set at MoMa PS1 earlier this week did the song fully enter reality.
We're not gonna lie, after the dissapointment that was 'Breaking Free,' Grande's track with Zedd, we weren't getting our hopes too high for 'Be My Baby.' Although the footage is pretty short, we were very pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Cashmere Cat definitely sticks to his electronica roots, not allowing Grande's vocals to overshadow his excellent work.
Take a peek at the video from Cashmere Cat's set last Saturday in New York.
Very few producers have released ten albums in less than five years, even fewer have released four of them in the same year, and almost none of them have landed at No. 1 on Beatport in five separate categories, but Aleksander Vinter aka Savant has done all of that and is already back with one of the most talked about upcoming albums.
Protos is mind bending journey through different styles, times, and even worlds. Taking musical inspiration from everything, whether it be Prince or Sonic the Hedgehog, Savant gives us an album completely uncharacteristic of the routine club EDM many of us have become accustomed to. Joining artists like Porter Robinson, Savant aims to bring depth and artistry to the world of electronic music.