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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...