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WHERE TO PARTY
This Weekend: Fade to Mind at 88 Palace & TICKET GIVEAWAY

In the mood to show off those great dancing chops or, just want to let loose at an awesome party this weekend? Then check out the Fade To Mind showcase presented by party aficionados Dark Disco at 88 Palace, located right in the heart of Chinatown this Saturday.

Led by Fade To Mind Records' founder Kingdom, Saturday's eclectic lineup boasts performances from the label's up-and-coming talent including DJs Bok Bok, Na, Rizzla, Prince Will (co-founder), and songstress-songwriter Kelela. As a DJ, Kingdom first garnered attention following various mixtape releases, showcasing his knack for melding grime, house, underground club, hip-hop and a myriad of other musical genres together to introduce a unique strain of EDM music. Upon graduating to mainstream success after the release of his That Mystic and Dreama EPs with London based music label, Night Slug Records, Kingdom ultimately relocated to L.A. where he launched FTM (NSR's sister label) with comrades Nguzunguzu, Total Freedom and Prince Will in 2011.

IN THE HOUSE
Ultra Music Festival 2015 Recap: Diversified Talent & Trumped Expectations

The 17th edition of the Miami-based Ultra Music Festival succeeded again by showcasing world-wide talent, first class production and positive vibes from a more mature audience (thumbs up for the new 18 and over only policy). From humble origins (the first Ultra festival drew in about 10,000 people), this year’s three-day festival was nearly sold out with well-over 100,000 very happy fans attending the mother ship of both Ultra festivals (there are now nine Ultra “franchise” festivals worldwide) and EDM concerts.

Per norm, it was not so shocking for Ultra Music Festival to throw in a few surprises on top of their already top-notch production. With guest performances by celebrity musicians such as Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Usher, Diplo, CL and Diddy, the festival truly exhibited prominence in the electronic festival spectrum. However, the real testament to this year’s rendition laid in the depth of talent attributable to the performances of the non-headliners and side-stage acts. With the inclusion of the Resistance stage, along with “live” performances (more than a dude spinning a disc or pressing playback buttons) throughout the March 27-29 weekend, it’s safe to say Ultra veterans or first-time festival attendees were satisfied in that they had the option to experience their favorite SoundCloud producers regardless if they played at 2 pm or 10 pm.

IN THE HOUSE
This Saturday: Jarren Benton at Santo's Party House

XXL Freshmen Class 2014 alumni and Funk Volume Records emcee, Jarren Benton, makes his way to Santo's Party House this weekend on his Slow Motion Tour —which started off last month, in L.A.— to bring NYC fans the explosive performance they've been awaiting for weeks.

For those of you who have yet to experience Benton's high energy performance and go-with-the-flow showmanship live, just imagine the excitement felt amidst a rave (hip-hop style), a beer chugging contest and a Juicy J showcase.

TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT
Maroon 5 On Tour Now

Maroon 5's highly anticipated worldwide tour is in full swing after kicking off this Tuesday, March 31st in San Jose, California. The superstars hit up San Diego next on Wednesday, April 1st, and bring back-to-back shows to L.A. on Friday and Saturday, April 3rd and 4th.

If you haven't already, now's the time to mark your calendars and purchase your tickets to witness the multi-platinum, multi-Grammy-Award winning, pop quintet bring their signature magnetic live performance to a city near you. Get info, a complete list of shows, and tickets here.

WHAT TO DO
Top 5: Shows Under $20 This Weekend

It is said that Benjamin Franklin once offered the pecuniary advice, “rather go to bed without dinner, than to rise in debt.” No demographic in the world sympathizes with this sentiment more than the broke New York City cosmopolite. Just kidding, that’s ridiculous.

But still, to weigh a fun-filled night of live music against having guacamole involved in your weekly burrito experience - those guac charges really add up - is no small task. Thus, the return of the Top 5: Shows Under $20. We’re just out here trying to keep your stacks high and entertainment even higher. The schedule is a little unbalanced this week with one show on Friday and four on Saturday but the quality remains pristine. We’ve got bowling with The Budos Band, a Foo Fighter, and a platter of rap, dance and rock. Take your pick, it’s almost free.

WHAT TO DO
Punk Outfit La Dispute Embarks on Hometown Tour with Title Fight

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.

WHAT TO DO
This Week: Lauryn Hill at City Winery

Missed out on Ms. Hill's performance at B.B. King's Bar & Grill on Friday? It's alright, grab your next chance see Lady Hill perform selections from her classic 1998 debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, live MTV Unplugged No. 2.0 LP (2002) and other hot singles at City Winery this Wednesday.

Noted for her extraordinary performances both live and recorded, the multi-Grammy-Award winning artist has touched the hearts of many with her stay-true-to-yourself mantra, heard on hits including 'That Thing (Doo Wop),' & 'Lost Ones.' Judging from excellent reception garnered over the years, we predict that the Wednesday's performance will be no less than extraordinary.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
Exclusive Interview: BØRNS

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...

EVENT REVIEW
BUKU Music + Art Project 2015: A Review of Day 2

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.

ALL ACCESS PASS
An Interview + A Show: Surf Rock Is Dead


The power of music lays in its ability to transport you – to a memory, to a place, to a feeling. For Surf Rock Is Dead, it's the nostalgia within those endless summer nights, on that open road, of the wind grazing a face. The dreamy duo, Kevin Pariso and Joel Witenberg, create a sound that leads you to a feeling of lostness within memories, that you can’t help but lose sense of it all.

By way of Chicago (Kevin) and Australia (Joel), the now-Brooklyn natives joined musical forces after a chance meeting in the studio. Working independently of one another for a while, surfing through solo stuff and band-hoods, the two started jamming together without any real thoughts of making something legitimate out of it. “I never thought it was going to work…I figured if we were going to work together, it wouldn’t be fun. We’d just be both posted up behind computer screens programming beats,” said Kevin. After one of Kevin’s gigs and/or a rehearsal (depending on whose memory is more accurate), the sessions became more serious. Sans computer screens, it was a guitar, a bass, and a drum machine that started the sublime sound and hazy harmonies that is Surf Rock Is Dead.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
Exclusive Interview: Fin-Folsom

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.