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!
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.
A pre-Turkey Day night out? Now that’s our jam (and we’re not talking cranberry sauce)! Before you join your family around the dinner table, give thanks to fun, friends, and most importantly, fantastic dance music at Webster Hall.
Zeds Dead will be headlining with pop-culture inspired tracks that are rife with energetic nostalgia. Since 2010 (their bio says that they began playing shows in Toronto around that time) the group has honed its skills, perfected its party potential, and has now made it all the way to NYC to play for an eager crowd of club music devotees.
Joining them will be Meaux Green, who is passing through as part of his “endless string of show dates” throughout North America. The new Dance DJ has already collected an impressive fan following, and will surely attract a few more after Wednesday’s event. Lestat and Tyler Sheritt are also scheduled to light up the dance floor. The latter, whose brief bio reads: “I don’t want to be a cookie cutter DJ that plays all the hits. I want to help and affect people the way that other musicians and their music have affected me,” will hopefully drop some new sounds for us to explore after we’ve fallen into our post-Thanksgiving food comas. Purchase tickets here
Get ready Girls & Boys, because live music is going to reign supreme the day after Thanksgiving when Keys N Krates and Exmag perform at Webster Hall. Easily two of the most unique and creative live acts in electronic music today, Keys N Krates and Exmag use their own combinations of instruments to produce music unlike anything anyone else is doing, making them an ideal pairing for a night out in New York City.
How many other electronic artists do you know who are doing 100% of the singing and producing on their releases? Not many, and among them, Alvin Risk is essentially the end-all be-all. His versatility and talent are virtually unmatched, as much on his previous releases as on his latest musical journey, Venture. The 5-track EP, which was made available for purchase via iTunes in addition to being available for free download, is the first fans have heard from Alvin Risk since he collaborated with Hans Zimmer on a remix of 'Electro Suite' from The Amazing Spider-man 2 soundtrack, and it embodies a huge step for Alvin in new musical directions, not to say that his past work has been anything short of game-changing, but Venture certainly transcends the caliber of music many of us might be used to.