BLOGS
TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT Madeon: Adventure Live Tour
Madeon Makes Major Stops on Adventure Live Tour

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.

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Exclusive Interview with Andrew Bayer
Andrew Bayer has had quite the year, and does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Last fall he closed out his incredible Do Androids Dream tour by opening for Above and Beyond at Madison Square Garden for the 100th episode of Group Therapy, and is now preparing to go on his largest US tour to date. Part 2 of the Do Androids Dream tour will bring him to 11 venues in support of his latest EP release, Do Androids Dream. We were very lucky to grab a few minutes with the talented DJ and ask him a few questions about his influences, plans for the future of his music, and what it is like to play Madison Square Garden.
WEEKEND PICKS
Steve Angello Goes Global With His Latest Tour

Since his split from Swedish House Mafia, Steve Angello has flourished as an independent artist. In addition to achievements such as multi-platinum records and sold-out shows, Angello can now add his his latest self-titled tour and its many sold-out appearances to his extensive list of achievements. With infectious vibes and electro-luxe appeal, this artist delivers nothing short of a legendary performance each and every time he takes the stage. Despite his fame and acclaim from former collaborations, he has truly come into his prime as a solo performer over the past few years.

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.

HAPPENINGS
Follow Us As We Walk to Cure Parkinson's Disease

It seems impossible, but I remember being six months old, enjoying a summer day at the pool with my Safta Sarah; Safta being the hebrew term for Grandmother. Singing a happy tune and navigating through the water as I sat atop an orange floatie, she offered the comfort that only a grandmother could provide. In her eyes I could do no wrong, in her world I would remain innocent forever, and if ever I needed her, she would be there.

I'm not sure whether it’s because that is the last moment untouched by her disease I can recall, or because it was one of the happiest of my young life, but I do know it is a scene that replays in my memory from time to time.

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.

EVENT REVIEW Syeda Amera
Jessica Minh Anh Spring Fashion Show 2015

It's no secret that Jessica Minh Anh is something of an authority in the realm of producing far-reaching fashion shows: from the Eiffel Tower to the Grand Canyon and now the Hudson River, the J Spring Fashion Show 2015 marks her ninth presentation atop globally recognized stages. And it delivered the perfect encapsulation of not only New York but also of the Hudson River itself.

Frankly, we were anticipating a carousel of cute cocktail gowns showcased to house music, setting the ambience for a cruise along the Hudson. However, Jessica Minh Anh and her highly skilled team not only matched but exceeded our predictions. Distinguishing itself as something extraordinary, this production was replete with gemstones that glimmered like the iconic cosmopolitan skyline and chiffon-draped models beating along the runway like the river's waves.

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.

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.