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.
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.
The most anticipated electronic music event of the year is back for its 16th incarnation. Ultra Music Festival, arguably the largest electronic-dance music festival in North America (in terms of attendees), will take place in Miami’s own Bayfront Park March 27-29.
With a reputation for top-notch production along with the most sought-after artists in the dance music sphere, it comes to no surprise the Ultra team has diversified their performing talent by including a plethora of extremely notable non-traditional EDM producers. Performances by Odesza, Clean Bandit, Chromeo, Goldroom, Kiesza, ASTR, Die Antwoord and live performances by Porter Robinson, RAC and Netsky will play side-by-side to traditional electronic DJs at the other six surrounding stages.
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.
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.
It’s rare that you come across a band that you can’t seem to find the fitting band to compare them to. Fin-Folsom is that rarity. Brooklyn trio Conor Walsh, Joshua Gottesman, and Jeremy Nakamura “went to school together, didn't hang out, graduated, didn't enjoy working, started playing music, and are still working”. This ordinary path of most twenty-somethings lost in the limbo of life led to the extra-ordinary sound that the band describes as “Animal Pop”. What Animal Pop is, no one knows - not even the band - but that doesn't stop us from knowing that Fin-Folsom is going places, and you should probably tag along.
Trade has never shied away from pushing the envelope when it comes to delivering the best and brightest underground talent to Miami's party scene. Known for their feels-like-a-local-party vibe, the events produced by LINKMiami Rebels are second to none if you're looking for a no-frills, all-about-the-music kind of night. Last year during Art Basel, their talent roster featured names like Sasha, Dubfire, Martin Buttrich and more. Miami Music Week is no exception.
Their event schedule begins on Monday, March 23 with Joseph Capriati behind the decks for a marathon techno performance. On Tuesday, March 24, French trio Apollonia take the stage in the club's downstairs room, while Mindshake showcases the likes of Paco Osuna and more in the upstairs main room. On Wednesday, March 25, CLR mainstays Chris Liebing, Marcel Dettmann, Radio Slave and Drumcell take over the decks downstairs, while Carl Craig, Luciano and Stacey Pullen (more to be announced) show Detroit some love in the main room. Thursday, March 26 belongs to tINI and The Gang (Mathew Johnson, Bill Patrick, Randall M) downstairs, and Next Wave (Petre Inspirescu, Francesco Del Garda, Alexandra) upstairs. Maceo Plex, Danny Daze and Shall Ocin will command the main room on Friday, March 27, while Mano Le Tough and The Drifter pump grooves downstairs. On Saturday, March 28, Trade will host Nicole Moudaber and Skin in the main room, and Maya Jane Coles, Bob Moses, Catz 'N Dogz and more downstairs. Lastly, the team wraps up the week on Sunday, March 29, with a Desolate showcase featuring Guti, Robert Dietz, Hector, Livio & Roby, Yaya, Francisco Allendes and more.
Tickets to all of the events can be purchased here, under 'March'.
Thousands of music lovers invaded New Orleans on March 13 and 14 for the fourth annual BUKU Music & Art Project, each looking forward to enjoying prominent headliners and fresh faces. As 58 talented acts performed across six entirely unique stages, the two-day project exploded with excellent music that exceeded all expectations.
When someone realized that rap, dance and indie beats could not only coexist but unite and blend, the BUKU Project was born. By combining these genres, BUKU has created its own niche in the festival scene, attracting an entirely new demographic altogether.
This headline does not mean to mislead: You’re going to spend more than $20 probably anywhere in New York City this weekend. Fulfilling any hankering for great live music inevitably will involve dinner before the show, drinks during it or munchies afterward. The following list aims to ease the tension between your weekend aspirations and your bank account. Or perhaps give you an excuse to get cheese on your late-night fries. Here are five great shows – this week featuring two pop acts, one Portuguese guitar duo, an indie band from down under and one recently maligned EDM star – all of which cost $20 or less to see.