Anticipation has a funny way of heightening an event: both through its capacity to incite a slow-building crescendo of fervor, and in its ability to massively inflate one’s expectations. In the case of Ultra Fest, the hype is certainly warranted—as this monumentally epic musical endeavor deserves an equally salacious array of festivities. It’s a natural compliment—the proverbial jelly to the fest's peanut butter—and for those whose musical and carnal appetites remain unsatiated, there is a cornucopia of bashes (both musical and decadent) that correspond with the inaugural day of Ultra Fest.
Another day, another rager in Miami! As Thursday is the eve of the Ultra Fest, there is an absolute abundance of bacchanal opportunities. With a plethora of huge musical acts at the most poppin’ spots, the festivities shall be flourishing ‘till the break of dawn. Get an early start on the impending musical maelstrom—rage hard and often!
Here’s the low down on all the madness descending on the eve of the ‘fest!
Chuckie & Friends Presents Dirty Dutch at Amnesia
With Miami Music Week in full swing, the million dollar question quickly becomes: Where are we raging? Wednesday offers a slew of nocturnal festivities, featuring the biggest acts in EDM, plentiful booze, and endless opportunity for explicit shenanigans—hooray for hump day!
Here’s the full fiesta line-up!
When: March 21st: 11pm-5am
Where: Amnesia (136 Collins Avenue)
Philly based rapper Eve was seen partying over the weekend on South Beach's Washington Ave. Eve was spotted leaving Cameo nightclub after hosting Saturday night. Sporting only a blazer and bikini top, her short "cameo" at Cameo gave fans just what they needed, until Eve hits us with another long overdue album.
Kevin Yost has been seen first-hand how the Internet has changed house music and its top players, with Yost one of its most influential DJs. The phrase might be said a lot for dramatic effect but Yost is of a “dying breed,” and that’s real. The man wants nothing to do with trends or what’s popular but is in the game for the purity of music. In fact he’s hoping house “goes back underground to the people who really want to be in the scene,” not the followers.
Mike Rothman sat down with Yost for a few minutes before his Friday night set at the Electric Pickle Co.
in Miami and the veteran DJ talked about getting started surprisingly without hitting up clubs, his next compilation, what motivates the man and even what he’d like to see on his tombstone. (Not the pizza!)
This Memorial Day Weekend is the one chance per year we get to honor those who fought bravely to defend our country by raging our faces off all weekend long. I guess we have Veteran's Day too but come on, November isn't exactly May. So let's take advantage of the beautiful weather this weekend (what's that? thunderstorms? hmm... okay, backspace.) Let's take advantage of the multitude of events happening here in Miami this weekend and try to carry on the great American tradition of partying like no one else in the world. I think that's what those soldiers would've wanted.
Chaz Bundick is Toro Y Moi, whom everyone should know by now is making his way up through the strange and bizarre world of indie rock. I was able to see him perform live last night at Cameo in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The show was put together by Crush: Bands We Love To Dance To, which is a monthly party built by Jen Lyon and Ruthie that showcases bands they are seriously ‘crushing' on.
With wide critical acclaim, legendary performances, and the success of the Monsters of Folk side project, Jim James and the Southern indie jam-band My Morning Jacket will be treading into a territory into which only select musicians have ventured; primetime animated cartoons.
It has been confirmed that MMJ will be feature in an upcoming episode of “American Dad.” The episode, titled “My Morning Straightjacket,” will follow a love affair that Stan Smith, the conservative CIA father-figure lead character, generates for the band. His adoration of the group grows until he decides to become an obsessed “groupie” with his wife, Francine, who has her own previously established reputation in the realm of backstage rock-and-roll “appreciation.” As fans of the show can guess, Stan’s obsession will inevitably go too far leading into the show’s predictable revelation of personal wrongdoing that unsubtly hints at a morally conscious objective.
With an album titled “Raditude,” you might expect the members of Weezer to be up to their old methods of outcast, nerdiness. But behind those thick, black-framed lenses lies the mind of an artist who isn’t scared to explore territories that are difficult to maneuver through. That is why bandleader Rivers Cuomo’s decision to have Lil Wayne as a guest performer on the band’s new album is a gamble that will most likely pay out in big numbers when the album is released.
Having a single with an iconic musician like Pete Doherty is obviously exciting for a fledgling band just beginning to embark on their career. However, in this day and age when new songs are obsessively dissected in the extensive indie blogosphere before they’ve even been officially released, it can also spell trouble; as the hype generated from performing a fantastic song with such a legendary figure can heighten expectations to unreachable levels and kill a young band off before they’ve even really started.
That’s exactly the situation that the Littl’ans found themselves in after their absolutely sublime October of 2005 single ‘Their Way,’ (on which Doherty sang a verse) hit the UK charts running, clocking in at #22 on the pop charts and second place on the indie charts. Add to this the fact that they soundtracked designer Heidi Silmane’s 2007 Dior Homme spring fashion show, and you have enough hype to kill Rasputin, let alone a rock band.