From EDM cruises like Holy Ship!, to the brand new Country Music Cruise, it seems like multiday music cruises are slowly starting to replace festivals for different musical genres worldwide. But who can blame them? Three straight days of sun, fun, dancing, all with a much more intimate feel than standard music festivals because of the limited capacities of a ship.
Next in the line is the Aventura Dance Cruise, back with its second year as a full time ship charter, the cruise sets sail from November 7th until the 10th from Miami. Join Latin Grammy-nominated Leslie Grace, vocalist José “El Canario” Alberto, and Latin chart-topping Venezuelan reggaeton duo, Chino y Nacho, for 72 full hours of world-class dance performances, over 60 dance workshops, and two private island Bahamas beach parties.
The 'Touch The Sky' features headlining dates from Big Gigantic, with support from Paper Diamond, Manic Focus, and The Floozies, as well as a few supporting dates alongside the infamous Skrillex and Bassnectar.
Big Gigantic is taking their explosive live show to cities all over the country, so if you're lucky enough to be in one of those twenty-one cities, start getting pumped, because, let's be real, playing a massive show at Madison Square Garden alongside Bassnectar is most certainly not the worst way to start a tour,
This weekend, Brooklyn will be hosting one of the most multicultural musical events in the United States. Afropunk will be held in the heart of Brooklyn at Commodore Barry Park lasting throughout the weekend. With competition for the top spot from music festivals like Coachella and Bonaroo, Afropunk holds the title for being the most diverse musical extravaganza of the bunch.
Starting at around noon on Saturday, August 23rd and lasting until the next evening, artists such as Alice Smith, DJ Underdog, Lonely Horse, Lianne La Havas, and so many more will be taking over multiple stages across the park. Plan accordingly, as there will be more than one band or artist playing at one time, and you don’t want to miss your favorite singer. A scheduled list of the full line up is available on the official Afropunk website.
Story by Todd Breland
If you think you do not know who The Zombies are, let us be the first to tell you, you actually do. Although only enjoying a brief time in the sun before breaking up in 1967, the English rock band, which formed in 1962, was a global success. Their album Odyssey and Oracle was named by Rolling Stone to be one of the top 100 albums of all-time, as well as having multiple Billboard chart topping singles. They were also recently nominated for induction into the Rock 'N Roll Hall Of Fame.
On Friday, August 8th the legendary English pop/rock band took the stage at the famous BB King Blues Club and Grill in Times Square with an acoustic opening set by Springtime Carnivore. The show was sold out and the venue was packed with young and old alike, proving that The Zombies' tunes have transcended generations, becoming timeless classics.
With voices that are still amazing, and talent that is still rocking, they opened their set with their 1965 classic 'I Love You,' which immediately had people on their feet and dancing. "I love you, I love you, I love you, YES I DO!!" The track was originally released as a b-side only, but became more popular than the a-side on the record making it an instant hit and a popular song to play live over the decades.
Being the creative craftsmen they are, they blended old and new songs into their set, showing just how far their music reign has spanned over the years. Newer material with songs such as 'Breathe Out, Breathe In' and 'Any Other Way' were modern but still had that traditional groovy Zombie vibe. The 2011 5th studio album from which these songs came received amazing reviews by both the UK and US press and proved the 70 year olds still have it in them to pound out future classics.
Following the taste of the newer tracks, Rod Argent took to the mic and said that this new tour had sparked them to revive and relive b-side songs that they hadn't ever played live in their careers. Hearing songs such as 'I Want You Back Again' and 'You Make Me Feel Good' played live for the first time ever was an exciting experience for all fans of the band, and an even newer experience for those who had never even heard those songs before.
Our favorite (and probably a majority of the crowd) was the mini-set within a set, where the band played 6 songs straight from their critically acclaimed album 'Odessey and Oracle.' As soon as the first note from 'Care Of Cell 44' played the crowd went crazy. "Good morning to you, I hope you're feelin' better baby" could be heard from every voice in the room. The song, an infectious pop melody and upbeat track about a loved one waiting for their significant other to be released from prison wasn't originally a commercially successful single. However over time it has become an extremely popular cult hit. Other tracks to follow were 'A Rose For Emily', 'This Will Be Our Year' (a popular choice for wedding song) 'Beechwood Park', and 'I Want Her She Wants Me'. The final song from the set within a set was the mega-hit 'Time of the Season', a grooving sexy song inspired by the Summer of love that reached #6 on the Billboard Top 100. "What's your name, what's your name, who's your daddy, who's your daddy, is he rich, is he rich like me?" echoed throughout the venue as everyone sang along dancing with their loved one.
A majority of British bands from the '60s were inspired by early American R&B / Motown artists. As a nod to one of their icons, the band did a cover of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles slow jam 'You've Really Got A Hold On Me'.
One of the last, but not least - the band performed their highest Billboard chart success hit 'She's Not There.' The song peaked at the charts at the #2 position where it stayed for 13 weeks. The song is about a guy's entanglements with an untrustworthy female - "Well, let me tell you 'bout the way she looked, the way she acts and the color of her hair, her voice was soft and cool, her eyes were clear and bright, but she's not there." Aside from 'Time Of The Season," it is probably The Zombies most notable songs.
In just a small amount of time, Andrew Rayel has managed to make an enormous splash in the world of electronic dance music. Having performed at storied venues and festivals like EDC Las Vegas, Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland, and many many more, all just within months of the release of his debut album Find Your Harmony, the Armin van Buuren prodigy has yet to cease to constantly amaze listeners all around the globe.
Taking the time out of his incredibly busy and hectic tour schedule, the young trance sensation sat down with us before taking over Pacha NYC for Lose It Fridays.
Last night, half the lobby of the Hilton Times Square was transformed into a makeshift concert hall for Louisiana-born singer and songwriter, Mikky Ekko. In partnership with Spin Magazine, Hilton hosted the event as part of their “Our Stage. Your Story” campaign to encourage guests of the hotel to share their memorable travel stories. The private performance was the second show under the campaign; just this past June, R&B singer Bridget Kelly kicked things off with a show at the Hilton Checkers in Los Angeles.
Music label Future Classic and high end clothing design company le coq sportif have come together to bring back some new music and new styles with The Reissue Project.
Reaching deep into its musical archives, Future Classic is bringing back some old tracks from artists like Flume, Chet Faker, and Touch Sensitive, and giving them brand new updates, while le coq sportif redesigns some old sportswear classics.
Unfortunately the only way to get your hands on any of the music is to buy the clothing item that corresponds to the song. The tracks may be pretty cool, but spending $50 on a white t-shirt just to download one? We think we'll pass for now.
Maybe three days and six stages of non-stop music simply aren't enough for you, maybe it's too much and you just want to stick to one show a night. Regardless of how hard you like to party, start making your nighttime plans for this Labor Day weekend with the official Electric Zoo afterparties taking place at Pacha NYC and Output in Brookyln.
With an awesome afterparty lineup featuring artists like Arty, Fedde Le Grand, Danny Avila, Hot Since 82, Dyro, and many more. Take a look at the full list of afterparties and start planning because if one thing's for sure, it's that Electric Zoo and Made Event have made it very clear that you're not going to be getting much rest that weekend.
If you've never been to one of Tommy Trash's 'Trashed' events in Las Vegas and Miami, start mentally preparing yourself because the Australian producer is about to bring the insanity to the rest of North America.
"I wanted to create this insane party where my fans could connect with the REAL Tommy Trash. I'd control the environment and experience for my fans like never before." says Tommy Trash. Joining him on select dates for the month and a half long party will be rising star Henry Fong and 'Go Deep' producer, Wax Motif. In addition to a brand new tour, get ready for some brand new Tommy Trash collaborations with the two.
Hands down, Porter Robinson's Worlds has been one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year. And just one day after its official release, Worlds has been deemed one of the most influential, genre-bending electronic albums to ever come out. So obviously it should come as no surprise to anyone that the Worlds tour has quickly been selling out shows across the country, weeks before the tour even officially kicks off.
If you were one of the many unfortunate few to not grab tickets to Porter Robinson's Terminal 5 show on time (we've had ours since about five minutes after they were released on presale), Porter and crew have decided to add a second night! So if you just missed out on getting your tickets the first time, or if you simply want an excuse to see Porter Robinson for two nights in a row, do not wait, because who knows how long tickets will last this time around. If you only go to one show for the rest of the entire year, we highly recommend it be to see Porter Robinson on the Worlds tour. Plus, we may or may not have heard some rumors about a potential on stage duet between Porter and Norwegian duo Lemaitre for their Worlds collaboration, 'Polygon Dust.'