On Saturday May 23rd, Boyz Noize Records is bringing an insane cast of characters to the always raunchy Webster Hall in celebration of their 10 year anniversary.
A decade ago Alex Rhida, better known by his monikker Boys Noize, founded this completely independent label to promote and cultivate true artistry. A true acid and techno house savant, Boyz Noize is an artist who keeps an ear out for the funkiest, quirkiest and most enigmatic artists on the planet. Boys Noize has never been a labelhead whose vision can be influenced by the preferences of the industry and Rhida’s dedication to his music-savvy fans and wiley BNR mates has made him one of dance music’s most intelligent tastemakers.
Situated along the sun-soaked shores of Alabama, Hangout Music Festival embodies the essence of summertime fun. From May 15-17, music enthusiasts are invited to experience over 60 musical acts across seven different stages, all with an up-close view of the breathtaking seascape.
The lineup has grown immensely since its founding by A.J. Niland and Shaul Zislinin 2010, bringing together musicians with roots in reggae, hip-hop, country, pop, indie rock and electronic dance music. This year’s line-up is stacked, including headliners such as Foo Fighters, Sam Smith, Zac Brown Band, Beck, Skrillex, My Morning Jacket, Foster the People, Paramore, Spoon, Umphrey’s Mcgee, Major Lazer, and TV On The Radio.
When a band consists of members who each hail from all across the country, it’s inevitable that their sound won’t fit into a specific genre. For Stone Cold Fox, that’s exactly the case - in the best way possible. The Brooklyn based group is comprised of crooner Kevin Henthorn on lead vocals/guitar, Ariel Loh on keyboards, Aaron Hamel on drums, Graham Stone on guitar, and Justin Bright on bass. Five-piece bands are a rarity these days, as MacBooks steadily replace live bodies, but this band proves that each stud on stage is a necessity.
Story by Talia Aroshas and Marcus Garcia
With less than a week to go until Mysteryland, it's a wonder how anybody can concentrate on anything else. The amazing artist lineup aside, the festival also offers breathtaking scenery, fantastic camping options, fun activities, and SO MUCH DELICIOUS FOOD. The selection of eats is so overwhelming in fact, that we've done you the solid of rounding up ten that you must try while at the festival. We warn you, do not read the following on an empty stomach, unless you are already at Mysteryland.
If you want to find evidence of the flourishing dance music culture here in the States then you needn't look any further than the arrival of Space Ibiza, one of the world’s most legendary club brands, here in the Big Apple. Touted as the marquee name in both the mainstream and underground electronic music scenes, Space Ibiza has acted as an institution of excellence and artistry as well as a platform for legends and newcomers to strut their skills. Now that Space Ibiza has opened a New York branch some of the most famed names from across the pond have a venue to bring their exceptional European vibes to a new and exciting locale.
In 2006 the Dutch duo of Maarten Hoogstraten and Paul Maumer came together to form one of the most successful and influential super groups in EDM, the Bingo Players. With chart topping hits like “Cry (Just a Little)”, “Rattle”, and “Piano in the Dark” which employ an ingenious electro-house style that has stunned festival goers, clubbers and dance music enthusiasts of all backgrounds, the Bingo Players have clearly been one of the most revered names in EDM for nearly a decade now.
In 2013 the tragic passing of Paul Maumer shocked the global dance music community and left the millions of Bingo Players fans around the world at a loss for words. However Maarten found a way to carry on finding inspiration in the words that his dear friend left behind stating “He always said to me, ‘If you can find solace and continue what we started, please do so. Please continue the music. Carry on the Bingo Players flag,’”
Written by Ashley Lombardo and Alexandria Clark
On May 8 - 10, Shaky Knees Music Festival will storm Atlanta, Ga., with over 80 outstanding, influential acts across five stages. Shaky Knees is the number one indie rock festival to kick off the summer, conveniently located amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown Atlanta. The 17-acre venue, known as Central Park, is the perfect blend of festival-ground-getaway surrounded by a taste of urban environment.
For the first time in its twelve illustrious years as a pioneer in music festival culture, the award winning and globally acclaimed phenomenon, Bestival will be spreading its influence beyond the Isles of Wight in The United Kingdom this summer. From June 12th-13th history will be made as this iconic UK festival makes its highly anticipated North American debut in Toronto, Canada at gorgeous Hanlan’s Point Beach. Known far and wide for its incredibly immersive atmosphere, uncanny art installations, bewildering side shows and an always eclectic host of artists, Bestival is an otherworldly spectacle that you need to experience to believe.
This Thursday night, famed progressive house maestro, Steve Powers will be hitting LAVO nightclub for a very special hometown DJ set. Powers’ scintillating skills behind the decks and dedication to his craft has propelled him to worldwide acclaim. His incredible high energy and progressive stylings have captivated audiences all over the globe, from the grand opening of the Cirque Du Soleil inspired Light Nightclub in Las Vegas to playing a sold out show on the main stage of Chicago’s WaveFront Festival. Steve Powers has laid down some of the most heart-pounding, adrenaline-filled sets you will see anywhere.
As we find ourselves in the midst of an era marked by internet fame and Instagram, the game has changed as it paves the way from humble beginnings to international acclaim for young prodigies like Madeon.
While for most of us, the word "career" at 17 meant little more than muddling through high school and maybe a part-time gig on the side for those that were feeling really ambitious. These provincial ambitions are a far cry from the viral acclaim that Madeon received at such a young age with the whirlwind success of his first single, the aptly named "Pop Culture" which made major waves across the interweb. Shortly after, the fresh faced talent joined Lady Gaga on her 2013 Arena tour as a supporting artist, spinning tracks in colossal venues alongside a pop icon. Only three years later, he embarks on tour to promote his inaugural album, "Adventure", and we're sure he'll deliver nothing short of that eponymous claim.
As one of the most well respected and sought after names in dance music, Mark Knight has been topping charts and rocking clubs around the world for over a decade. This Friday night this London based legend will be bringing his Toolroom Records Live show to upscale venue, Marquee in Manhattan. Mark is a house heavyweight who has been responsible for some hugely popular tunes like 'Man With red Face’ and ‘Alright’, as well as discovering incredibly talented artists as the head honcho of the internationally renowned Toolroom Records.