It has been quite the year thus far for electronic synth-rock trio, The Glitch Mob. The group's sophomore full-length album, Love Death Immortality, debuted at #13 and was named the #1 Independent Album + Dance/Electronic Album on Billboard's Top 200. Featuring vicious hits like 'Mind of a Beast,' 'Can't Kill Us,' which was recently included in the Sin City 2 trailer, and 'Our Demons' featuring Aja Volkman, Love Death Immortality stands out as one of the most unique and intriguing albums of the year, much like The Glitch Mob themselves, who exist in their own specific niche within the electronic music community as a result of their immensely creative approaches to both producing and performing.
It’s been almost 80 years since San Francisco’s venerated Treasure Island was erected for the Golden Gate International Exposition. Today, the 576.7 acres tucked halfway between Chinatown and Oakland plays home to a winery, multiple businesses, 2,500 permanent residents and of course our beloved Treasure Island Music Festival. The official California Historical Landmark opened its doors for the eighth annual edition of the genre-bending festival last weekend, this year helmed by heavy-hitting acts like Outkast, Massive Attack, Washed Out, Zedd and Alt-J to name a few.
In lieu of the upcoming release of the 2014 Jamie Foxx/Cameron Diaz vehicle Annie, a highly reworked rendering of the classic musical, the soundtrack for the film will be released November 17th.
One of the most interesting aspects of the film is the modern spin on the original songs. For example, Sia does a rendition of "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile," one of three tracks she has on the album. The soundtrack also features original songs by Sia and Beck, as well as actors Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, and Rose Byrne.
Additional reporting by Brooke Forman
Essentially, life is nothing but a string of fleeting moments. Under the constructs of society, we are trained to harness these moments in order to map out a plan for the future, despite the uncertainty of the present. However, if we never get lost in these little moments, we miss out on the beauty of it all.
As we stood in the stands of Madison Square Garden this past Saturday night for the live broadcast of Group Therapy Radio’s 100th episode, looking out into the crowd from right beside the stage, all that mattered was that moment. All that emanated was love, and all that remained was music. In this day and age, when so many dreams get lost to obscurity as fantasy is often trumped by the cold hand of reality, these are the moments that we remember forever. These are the moments that truly make us feel alive.
The Hunger Games trilogy has been all anyone can talk about since Suzanne Collins' books first hit shelves a few years ago, quickly transitioning from words on a page to the big screen, and bringing the story to cinematic life. The thing about movies based on books though, is that all the words are there, ready to be recreated into realistic environments for all the world to see. What the books don't leave guidelines for however, is the music, the sounds that lend themselves to creating and changing the drama of a book turned movie. Both The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire entertained audiences with an awe-inspiring audio-visual experience, but for the first installment of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, the film aims to up the ante with a soundtrack specially curated by Lorde.
Epic. That's the first word that comes to mind anytime anyone mentions Quintino, and it's probably the most apt way to describe him in every sense of the word. For one thing, 'Epic' was probably the first, but hopefully not the only, Quintino song you ever heard. At only 18 years old, Quintino found himself underneath the wing of his mentor, Laidback Luke, who guided him through the ins and out of dance music and transformed him into the SupersoniQ force to be reckoned with that his today. This Friday, Pacha NYC will feel the full weight of Quintino's speaker slamming sound, and we can only hope New York City is ready to 'Go Hard.'
Grammy nominated producer and former DJ Mag #1 Paul Oakenfold is back with the fourth installment of his We Are Planet Perfecto compilation series this week, and this double-disc mix is #FullOnFluoro. Consisting of almost three hours of flawlessly mixed psy, trance, breaks, and progressive house tracks, #FullOnFluoro is exactly the kind of musical journey all you Oakenfolk have been waiting for.
Featuring music by Above & Beyond, Sander van Doorn, Adrian Lux, Marcus Schulz, Andrew Bayer, and Marcus Schossow, volume four of We Are Planet Perfecto promotes a wide gaze of past, present, and future music. With a grand total of seven exclusive tracks surrounded on all sides by the full spectrum of talent Oakenfold has been embracingthrough his label and radio show since the 1996 release of Fluro, both CDs combine to complete an energetic mix of melody and intensity from the deepest reaches of trances and its musical kin.
On October 10th at The JAM: Gainesville, we were able to sit down with Jeff Lloyd, the guitarist, vocalist, and an original founding member of The Heavy Pets. The Heavy Pets are a rock 'n' roll band that incoporates a fusion of rhythm and blues, jazz, funk, and reggae, creating a soulful, diverse and catchy sound. Officially formed in 2005, The Heavy Pets have produced multiple albums and EPs, have been featured as special guests on SIRIUSXM, and are known for headlining at festivals such as Bonnaroo, Langerado, and Wakarusa, as well as multiple festivals at The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. This October, The Heavy Pets will be playing their 1,000 show at the incomparable, unbelievably unique Suwannee Hulaween music festival.
For months, fans have been casting their votes to decide who they deem worthy enough to join the ranks of the Top 100 DJs in the world, and after tallying 900,000 votes from almost every country around the globe, the results are finally in. For the second year in a row, Dutch DJ and producer Hardwell claims the top spot as the world's #1 DJ, tacking yet another major achievement onto his resume alongside becoming DJ Mag's youngest winner ever last year.
As any festival or marathon-goer knows, one of the toughest parts of planning your live music experience is choosing which acts to see. This is definitely the case for a huge discovery festival like the CMJ Music Marathon. Let's face it: as much as you'd like to, you can't see them all, no matter how great the line-up is. So to help prepare for the greatest October of your life, check out this hand-picked list of the most promising acts of the CMJ Music Marathon 2014. (For a full list of the over 1,000 performers, plus more info, visit CMJ's official website.)