Star on the Rise: R&B Artist, Keithian

Since the ripe age of 7, singer/songwriter Keithian has been contributing to multiple aspects of music. As one of the members of a boy group whom he describes as “a mix between N’ Sync and 112,” he began his music career fairly early. From there, he chose to write and produce. “We had obligations, we were signed to a label and they were basically like ‘y’all have got to do something’ so I started writing and then I jumped into producing just because I was around music in the studio.”

After his boy band didn’t prove to be as successful as he hoped, he turned to writing and producing as his way into the glorious world of music. He began to write for R&B singer, Lloyd. As his career expanded he would eventually begin to work with well-known artists such as Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Hudson, Shakira, Usher, R. Kelly, and others. With a plethora of big names under his belt, he stated “I learned the most from Nicki Minaj, a lot of life stuff.”

Interview With Rising Stars, Holiday Mountain

Last Wednesday, November 12th, Joonbug made its way down to Pianos to meet up with the band Holiday Mountain, who are at the forefront of the dance scene in New York City and around the country. Members Laura Patino, Zander Kagle, and Bradley Will were all smiles and very friendly during the interview, just a couple hours before their show.

Let's talk about the name: Holiday Mountain. It appears to be the name of a ski and fun park in the Montacello, New York. Are you guys into skiing?

Funk Heals: A Review of Bear Creek Music & Art Festival 2014

The spirit totem that stood out the most during the 8th annual Bear Creek Music & Art Festival was not the blow-up doll resembling Huey Freeman, or the Christmas-lighted umbrella octopus. It was the simple pink and green cutout sign that read “Funk Heals,” a motto that would ring true for the entirety of the weekend.

From November 13th to 16th, fans of the funk gathered at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park to experience an incredible line-up that included over 40 acts as diverse as Umphrey’s Mcgee, Lettuce, The New Mastersounds, Dumpstafunk, Zach Deputy, Soulive, The Nth Power and many more. Thousands of fans gathered under treasured oak and cypress trees and twinkling Suwannee stars to groove together in unison in spite of the cool, crisp conditions.

Weekend Pick: Brillz at Concord Music Hall

This Friday, November 21st, DJ/producer Brillz is playing at Concord Music Hall in Chicago.

With releases on big-name electronic labels OWSLA, Mad Decent, and Slow Roast Records, as well as two Top 10 albums on the iTunes dance charts, all in one year, Brillz has become a namestay of recent EDM music.

Brillz traces his start to his time as a founding member of the dance crew Liquid Pop Collective, before producing and DJing. Brillz really broke into the industry with the release of his two-track EP in collaboration with Diplo which featured the track "Swoop", supported by a number of high-end DJs, including Skrillex and Bassnectar. His first full-length album, Twonk, broke into the Top 10 on the iTunes dance chart, and his remix album, Re-Twonked, landed in the Top 5.

Weekend Pick: MiMOSA at Concord Music Hall

Starting this Thursday, November 20th, acclaimed producer MiMOSA makes his way to Concord Music Hall as part of his EQUiLiBRiUM Fall Tour 2014.

MiMOSA has bended genres with his unique production style. Immediately capturing attention from the start, he's shared the stage with such namestays as Benga, Skream, Rusko, and Datsik. He has played festivals and shows across North America, such as Coachella, Symbiosis Gathering, and Burning Man. And this past March he sold out numerous major venues on his first headlining tour.

Under his new record label, False Idol Musik, MiMOSA has also recently released 58 Degrees, a beautiful rarity of production. Under this new label, MiMOSA embarks on his EQUiLiBRiUM Fall Tour, going across North America to celebrate his new release.

The Official TomorrowWorld 2014 Aftermovie is Here

Over Labor Day weekend, the People of Tomorrow took over Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia for TomorrowWorld 2014, The Arising of Life. Although nothing compares to experiencing the festival first hand, the aftermovie sure brings all the feels. Tickets for TomorrowWorld 2015 are available here.

Weekend Pick: Moombahton Massive at Output

We shouldn't have to tell you how important Moombahton Massive is because, let's be serious, few things (if any) are bigger or more important. Everyone needs more moombahton in their lives, it's the undeniable truth of electronic music today and how it's moved away from this genre of nitty-gritty beats that just make you want to move. Headlined by Nadastrom, who's name alone is synonymous with and practically definitive of the moombahton movement itself, Sabo, and El Freaky, Brooklyn's own Output nightclub intends to transform its Thursday night Input party into a sexy, sweaty ordeal of hip-swinging and booty-shaking proportions.

Mysteryland Returns Memorial Day Weekend 2015

Last year marked the debut of the renowned Mysteryland festival, a showcase and communal celebration of electronic music, culture, and arts, at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (where the 1969 Woodstock festival was famously held). Given its success, the event will take place once again Memorial Day weekend 2015, with even more elaborate amenities to enhance guests’ experience. Pre-sale tickets will be available on December 4th at 10am, while General sales begin the following day. If last time was any indication of what’s in store this upcoming year, securing your spot early is highly suggested.

Armin Van Buuren Reveals Top 100 Anthems and Announces December Tour Dates

Armin Van Buuren recently released a compilation of fan favorite tracks titled Armin Anthems (Ultimate Singles Collected) after an extensive and rigorous voting process. While the album features the top twenty tracks voted for, including Armin's GRAMMY ® nominated single, 'This Is What It Feels Like' featuring Trevor Guthrie, and massive dance floor anthem 'Ping Pong,' fans adamantly requested that Armin publish the full voting results. Never one to deny fans the satisfaction they want, need, and deserve, Armin took to his A State Of Trance radio show to reveal the top 100 tracks fans voted for, and it is every bit and retrospectively epic as you could imagine.

Weekend Picks: Dirty South at Webster Hall

This Saturday night, Dirty South wants to party With You! And you, and you, and you too! His cinematic-film accompanied full-length album was finally released earlier this month, and quickly climbed both the music and movie charts to rank highly among some of the most creative and influential productions of the year. Determined to spread the message and the music as far and as fast as he can, Dirty South has head out on tour to support the album, hitting a number of major cities on his way to LIFE at SLS Las Vegas on November 28th, which fans now have a chance of winning flights, a two-night stay, a meet & greet, and show tickets to thanks to an awesome giveaway. Before that big show though, Dirty South is coming here to New York City to show Webster Hall a thing or two about electronic music.