It may not be socially acceptable for 20-somethings to trick-or-treat, but that doesn't mean we can't extend Halloween like we used to do when we were kids. If you're feigning for a way to prolong this year's wicked celebrations, look no further than Hard Haunted Mansion. The fifth annual one-day festival returns Saturday, November 3 to ensure wickedness prevails throughout the week. After four years at the Shrine Expo Center, Hard Haunted will move to the Hard Summer location - Los Angeles State Historic Park. French production duo and Hard veterans, Justice, will headline along with Major Lazer and Knife Party.
Written by Alexandra Tillotson
Our cold brother to the North is known for a lot of things: winter, hockey, poutine. What Canada is NOT known for is music festivals, but Osheaga Festival may change that. Located in the Paris-meets-New York culture clash city of Montreal, the festival celebrates all that is the good in electronic, rock, and hip-hop music.
The three-day concert begins on Aug. 3 and will be held at Parc Jean Drapeau, the location of Montreal’s weekly Summer Sunday outdoor electronic music series, “Piknic Électronik.”
Good news for New Yorkers: if you missed electro-duo Justice’s Terminal 5 show in March, you’re getting a second chance to catch them in action! The French producers will spin at the Hammerstein Ballroom on October 21 and presale tickets go on sale today.
Following the success of their recently released “New Lands” EP, it’s no surprise Justice wants to share their studio-savvy skills with their fans across the world. The EP features five different versions of the track, including the original, a live version, and remixes from Falcon, A-Trak and Sebastian.
Ragers get your sea legs ready, because electronic music is setting sail for a weekend. Hard’s electronic music cruise Holy Ship!! will return for a second edition of madness on January 4, departing from Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades for three nights of dance-floor dynamite.
The Bahamas-bound boat boasts an impressive roster, with headliners such as Major Lazer, Knife Party, Justice, Boys Noize, Diplo and a myriad of other music-makers voyaging to a private island in Nassau. Attendance is projected to top last year’s 2,500+ guest list of music lovers who enjoyed unlimited boogying, relaxing and sun-bathing.
In Los Angeles it's hard to cypher through the talented and the unfortunately talentless. Everyone claims to have the skills to make it to the big time, but let's be honest, in this day and age everyone thinks they can DJ. This is not the case for LA's newest young talent Agendas, who is a producer/ singer/ drummer/ guitarist/etc. The artist, formerly known as Jake Weary, has proven through his eclectic and exciting sound that he is a truly talented musician. Hailing from Montclair, New Jersey, Agendas has been working hard to produce top notch tunes. He released his self titled EP in April 2011. Yes, he is from New Jersey but before your mind wanders to the Jersey Shore buffoons, think twice, you won't be seeing a bundle of Bros obnoxiously fist pumping on the dance floor. This artist keeps his beats classy.
The official lineup for this year's Lollapalooza Festival has been announced! Taking place on August 3 - 5 in Grant Park, Chicago, this year's festival is sure to be one for the record books.
Artists include The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, a recently reunited Black Sabbath, Jack White, Florence + the Machine, At the Drive-In, Bassnectar, The Shins, Avicii, Justice, The Weeknd, Sigur Ros, a recently reunited Afgan Whigs, M83, Frank Ocean, Nero, Die Antwoord, Tune-Yards, SBTRKT, The Walkmen, Sharon Van Etten, The War on Drugs, Twin Shadow, Toro y Moi, Wale, Zed's Dead, Childish Gambino and many more! For the full lineup, click here.
Get your tickets here, but hurry up, they'll sell out quick!
Call it neu-disco, nü-disco, French house, French touch, filter house, or even tekfunk. All of these terms refer to European-style dance-music that features disco loops and relies heavily on filter and phaser sound effects. It's usually high-energy and futuristic.
1. DAFT PUNK
The classic neu-disco group is Daft Punk. French duo Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter became Daft Punk in 1994 and were hugely influential in the French house movement. Their beats are always tight and hard-hitting, their shows are glam and full of lights. Not only did Daft Punk capture the pulse of '90s techno, but influenced most contemporary house.
With Zeds Dead headed to Starland Ballroom on the next stop of their Living Dead tour, we got the latest from the dynamic DJ duo. Read on!
Interview by Angela Samartano
Angela Samartano: How did you both originally start working with one another? How did you decide on the name Zeds Dead?
Hooks: We started a group called Mass Productions years ago with the goal of making instrumental albums, selling beats, and working with rappers. Years later we started getting into electronic stuff and decided to make a new alias which was Zeds Dead. It came from our initials Z and D (Zack and Dylan) and ya, the scene in Pulp Fiction.
AS: Which musicians or DJs have inspired your music over the years? Who would you say is your biggest influence of all?
Hooks: So many people have inspired me over the years. to list a few: DJ Shadow, Premier, Pete Rock, Rza, Madlib, Dre, Mugs, RJD2, Noisia, Pendulum, Skream, Justice.. I feel like my biggest influence may be the Beatles though..
AS: What has been your most memorable gig to date? Which city do you enjoy playing in most?
Hooks: Our show we just did at the congress theater in Chicago was incredible! So many people there and such great energy. I had some surreal moments on stage looking out at everybody.
AS: Beginning last month, Omar Linx and you started "The Living Dead Tour" throughout North America, bringing along Araab Muzik, XI, Memorecks, Mat the Alien and Knight Riders. How did you go about picking artists to join you on the tour? What are you most excited about throughout the tour?
Hooks: We tried to make the lineup very diverse with everybody bringing something unique to the table. All the artists we chose play different types of sets than us and have a unique sound. It's really cool to just be in an atmosphere full of artists that you respect. It gets the creative juices going.
Househeads have been counting down for months, and as mid-February creeps up on us, we’re less than seven weeks away! The largest music festival in the country, Ultra Music Festival, is quickly approaching. And for those of you who haven’t scored your ticket to the March 23-25 concert in Miami, it’s time to start trolling craigslist because this is an event you will certainly regret missing.
Ultra is a staple music event for EDM lovers across the globe, and this year’s event is projected to be the craziest installation yet. The annual festival saw an exponential increase in popularity, with Ultra XIV selling out in record time - all 150,000 tickets had been snagged 79 days before the event.
At the infamous 2008 VMAs, where Tommy Lee and Kid Rock fought over Pamela Anderson while Kanye West complained and moaned about not being offered the main stage, there were other good things to be noticed. That year, Justice was the featured “side-performance” artist and they did their best to impress.
Their effort wasn't in vain, as they put on excellent performances that featured other unknown and up-and-coming artists, like Daniel Merriweather and Robyn. Three years later, they are here with their second studio album, Audio, Video, Disco.