'Tis the season to be jolly, and we are more than glad to assist! The holiday season is the time for people from all walks of life to exchange tokens of love and appreciation for each other through food, gifts and great company. However, we all can agree that the tasks of holiday shopping, booking tickets, and driving or flying out to spend time with loved ones can be a bit daunting.
So to ease the hassle of all the running around you have to do and to keep you in the holiday spirit, we've put together a list of the latest holiday projects that you can stream to your Smartphone, tablet or iPod. While you're at it, you may also want to add the festive musical ensembles listed below to your shopping cart to enjoy with the family as well. After all, what's a good holiday celebration without good music?
Commonly used to describe a film style the emphasizes cynicism and sexuality in dramatic fashion, the term "noir" comes from the French, which makes it a perfectly good title for the latest craze in dark electro being produced by FAKE Music label-head Yoann Feynman, and his Parisian compatriot, Monomotion. The two-track EP features the title track, 'Noir,' which is intricately laced with underground grit and heavy hitting bass drum kicks, and 'Gaza,' a percussion driven thrill ride deep into the sounds of a dimly lit basement party at midnight. A welcome departure from the EDM of FAKE Music's past, Yoann Feynman and Monomotion's Noir EP is exactly the kind of devilish French goodness we all want and need. If you don't believe it, just ask Gesaffelstein.
After making a home for itself in upstate New York's Bethel Woods over Memorial Day weekendthis year, which was also when the festival made its US debut, Mysteryland has quickly become one of America's favorite and most anticipated events. With the festival's second edition already slated to return to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts next year during Memorial Day weekend, Mysteryland plans to come back bigger and better, with more music, art, and culture to boot. In an effort to capture the spirit and essence of New York, considering the fact that many of Mysteryland's attendees make the trip upstate from the city, the festival has gathered together some of the finest curators NYC has to offer, including Adam Beyer's Drumcode, Webster Hall, Verboten, BangON! NYC, and Q-Dance, among others.
Cincinnati's Leggy is coming to NYC! The trio, self-described as, "blond-heavy nü garage indie punk pop-tarts" are making a name for themselves with their stripped-down, genre-bending tracks. Leggy, who recently released their album "Cavity Castle" on casette and free BandCamp download, is made up of high school friends Véronique Allaer, Kerstin Bladh, and Christopher Campbell. They will be jamming in the city for two separate nights this weekend; Friday, Nov. 28th at Palisades, and Sunday, Nov. 30th at Cake Shop, both a part of their East Coast Tour. Don't miss out! Tickets for Friday's show can be found HERE; for Sunday's show HERE. See you there!
The term “Sweater Weather” has become a trending hashtag, and basically a whole new season, as The Neighbourhood’s hit single of the same name has gained massive public approval. Forming in 2011, these California natives are no strangers to creating music that is captivating. Their music conveys inspiring artistry, with intense lyrics that are woven with brutal honesty.
The five-member band first appeared on the scene with two free, self-released EP’s in 2012– I’m Sorry…. and Thank You. With “Sweater Weather” belonging to the first wave, it was no surprise that The Neighborhood’s first full-length album, I Love You. took the #1 spot on Billboard’s Alternative Chart. Since the success of that release, the band has put out another EP (The Love Collection), was featured on The Amazing Spider-Man 2soundtrack, and has been working on a mixtape set to be released on Thanksgiving.
For one popular record label, what started off as a joke last holiday season is now one of their most talked about releases of the year. It's no secret that pretty much everyone over at Mad Decent knows how to have a good time, so it should have been no surprise when the label up and decided to tweak a few of their artist's tracks into holly, jolly Christmas dance anthems you can twerk it to under the mistletoe. This year, Mad Decent is at it again, with artists like Diplo, Snappy Jit, 4B, and Alizzz all coming together to wish us all A Very Very Decent Christmas.
Out now, "Showtime" is a bashy, racous cut of electro house. Sharp clap along drum programming provide the beats, while quick vocal snatches and horn-like riffs make up the body of the track. Showtime is over the top, loud and an explosive club ready anthem. Pick up this powerful piece of electro here.
Animated cartoon faces, epic live performance footage, and epic hair flips; pretty much just what you'd expect from a Jack Ü music video, and their first official one at that. At midnight last night, the 'Take Ü There' video hit Youtube, and brought with it all of the fun we know, love, and have come to expect of Diplo and Skrillex as Jack Ü. The track itself has already taken over the world, with Kiesza's incredible vocals singing out over its hip-hop/dance music crossover beat, so it's only fitting that the video have that same entertainingly captivating effect.
Ring in 2015 a day early as world famous house DJ Kaskade hits Pier 36, Redux style—an extended set, might we add.
Kaskade brings his years of experience, musical evolution and rhythmic sensibilities back to life in his newest EP. Celebrating the ten-year anniversary of his debut album, It's You, It's Me, Kaskade has expressed interest in going back to his DJ roots, before he held top spots on the charts with his experimentation.
Destructo, the moniker of producer/DJ Gary Richards, has been crafting clever beats & touring the world over the last two decades. He's striking back this week with his West Coast EP which packs an assorted array of slammin' beats throughout its bite sized 20 + minute runtime.
Destructo is touting a newly branded sound for the album known as "G-House." You'll know exactly what he means once you take a listen & see some of the rhymes within harkening back to the best of West Coast 90s hip hop layered over flying house tracks. If that isn't enough to convince you he's even got Warren G. on a jam.
Back to the source though, this is a nice collection because of the old school lyrics/modern house mash-up, but also because of the loose fun many of the tracks have. It's nice to see something that doesn't take itself all so seriously coming out of the house music monotony. The beats are 2AM strip club dark, but when you get a line like, "What kinda drugs you on"? You know the mood is just wild & reckless.
The album pounds out a tight first 3 with "Dare You 2 Move" featuring Problem being the main draw. The song has already racked up plenty of believers via social whatever sites & it's definitely THE jam. You'll hope it’s on in the background while you're getting kicked out of the club for getting caught doing blow in the men's room with your girl.
The American Music Awards were held Sunday November 23rd on ABC, with Pitbull as the host. One Direction was the big winner of the night, but of course, like any other music award show, the performances are what people are talking about. Let’s take a look at the some the best and worst moments from the show as well as the full list of winners.
Taylor Swift: Swift opened the show with her song ‘Blank Space’ from her new album ‘1989.’ Her performance incorporated moments from the song’s music video and she even lit a rose on fire. Later on in the show Swift received the first ever “Dick Clark Award for Excellence’ from Diana Ross.