Just after announcing its 2013 roster of superstar DJ talent, Wynn Las Vegas is kicking things off this week during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Wynn is taking over Park City Live, formerly Harry O's, as the prime spot for non-film related entertainment. XS, Tryst, and Surrender nightclubs along with Encore Beach Club present Afrojack, Avicii, Cedric Gervais, Nero and more, January 17-21.
Thursday, January 17 marks the start of the festivities as the Powder Awards after party kicks off with British electronic music sensation NERO. Saturday, January 19, Swedish powerhouse Avicii hits the booth, Sunday, January 20, catch multi-award winning, platinum-selling producer Afrojack, and closing out the week on Monday, January 21, French house music DJ and producer Cedric Gervais, a new addition to the Wynn residency roster in 2013, hits the decks and will be joined for a special performance by hip hop recording artist, 2 Chainz.
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Over the last two years, the small city of Gainesville, Florida has become an unlikely electronic music hub. With students at the University of Florida shelling out cash for shows on a weekly basis, promoters have booked nearly every big-name act and solidified us as a staple stop for DJs touring the southeast. It’s an incredibly passionate and open-minded scene, so it’s no surprise that Gainesville was chosen as the first city to see a dubstep act headline Life in Color (formerly Dayglow). Departing from its usual mainstream progressive-house schedule, Life in Color broke the mold last Friday night at the Alachua County Fairgrounds with the bass of dubstep duo Adventure Club reverberating throughout the venue. With the help of local concert production/promotion company The Dynasty Group, the show saw a massive turnout and proved that Life in Color may be on to something for future dubstep bookings.
Anyone who grew up in the 80s remembers the lunchbox with matching thermos, the red leather jacket, and of course, moonwalking everywhere you go. In the years to follow, Michael Jackson would become an international superstar despite the controversies that would conjure up images of a strange mix of characters that became associated with "The King of Pop." With 2012 marking the 25th anniversary of the 5th best selling album of all time, the Sept. 18th release of '"BAD 25" hopes to take us back in time and shift our focus back to what was really important; the music.
In addition to a re-mastered version of the original album, the two-disc set will contain demos from early recording sessions, remixes by NERO and Afrojack along with previously unreleased demos of songs that were not included on the final version. A deluxe version of the release will include a highly anticipated DVD of MJs 1988 performance at Wembly Stadium (oftened cited as being one of the best performances of his career), as well as a third disc containing audio from the same show. Furthermore, a special edition box set will include the above, 2 booklets of never before seen photos and a two-sided poster. As if all this wasn't enough, a stand alone 12" vinyl LP picture disc is also available.
A Spike Lee documentary of the same name, recently debuted at the Venice International Film Festival, takes an in depth look at the behind the scenes process of making the multi-platinum classic. "This is a time to just concentrate on the music- the genius of Michael Jackson, a chance to dig into his creative process," said Spike Lee in a press statement. "We all are blessed with the final work, but it's rare that you see how something was put together. We just see the final product but we dont see the blood, sweat, and tears, all the work that goes into how the masters work".
Uncovering the history behind Smooth Criminal's gravity defying lean, and 'Shamon' the full documentary will remind us who's bad on November 22 on ABC.
One is the queen of pop, the other named after a hedonistic Roman emperor. Seems like a perfect metaphorical pairing for one of the biggest tours the world has ever seen. The MDNA tour, to promote Madonna's latest album of the same name, will be in North America from August until November, promising much spectacle and grandeur.
Where this metaphor falls apart, however, is when we consider that pop music, in fact, isn't meant for royalty, but is a populist musical genre, accessible by anyone and everyone. Also, MDNA is Madonna's attempt to appeal to the EDM crowd, making club-forward pop tracks. The whole album has a "I'm down here on the dancefloor with you guys! Seriously!" vibe that it can not shake. Whether or not she succeeded in bridging this gap is a debate for another day. However, this tour is set to be one of the most expensive, yet profitable, in history --another relationship that just doesn't really make sense, but we're going with it.
The dubstep sub-genre, once a medium for fresh minds creating new sounds and beats, has become a place for muddled and overused womps drowning in Modern Talking Skrillex scratches. Producers have taken a backseat when it comes to originality, riding the coattails of every new sound until they become bland and boring. Thankfully, this lackadaisical epidemic hasn’t swept over the entire genre, leaving a select few originators to take the lead on worthwhile beats. Dillion Francis, the moombahton meets dubstep master, is a true innovator in the electronic realm and will be touring Florida with his masterfully-crafted sounds this summer.
Man, Miami is quickly becoming one of the go to destinations for any EDM lover craving some awesome clubs and beach parties. With some of the world's best DJs playing just about every night, one might wonder if it hasn't become THE destination. Of course, if EDM isn't your thing, plenty of rock acts are heading to Miami in May as well, so don't worry. Here is a list of some of the shows we thought you'd be interested in. As always, let me know if I missed anything worth seeing!
Chris Cornell @ The Fillmore Miami Beach
Melissa Etheridge @ Seminole Hard Rock Hotel
Founded by Gary Richards in 2007, The HARD imprint has taken the concert and festival world by storm. Starting out as a singular, but excellently curated NYE festival, HARD has grown into one of the largest concert brands working today. Putting on dozens of shows and events each year, they continue their gnarly showings with this year's HARD Summer Festival, August 3-4, right in downtown Los Angeles.
This year's HARD Summer features some of the biggest names in EDM and rock, including Skrillex, Bloc Party, Boys Noize, Miike Snow, Nero, Bloody Beetroots, James Murphy, Squarepusher, Chromeo and more!
Hundreds of LED lit balloons marked the sky as we gazed over what had become our home over the past four days. It was the last show, the final push. We were running on fumes and anticipation after a weekend full of countless standout acts. This was the set we had been waiting for since we were fourteen, sneaking Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg CD’s into our sister’s Walkman to memorize every explicit detail of what would become so monumental so quickly. As we stood amongst the masses in complete disbelief, the entire weekend flashed before our eyes.
The madness, mayhem, and musical excellence that is EDC has finally bequeathed its best kept secret: its absolutely epic NYC lineup! Featuring 4 stages, over 50 artists, and occurring over 3 days, the sickest EDM festival in the US has not disappointed. While the full lineup can be viewed below, honorable mention must be made of the monstrous names appearing throughout the fest--beginning with the headliners!
Friday’s headliners include Armin van Buuren, Fatboy Slim, and Chase & Status. Meanwhile, Saturday is shaping up to be the crown jewel of the whole affair as Avicii, Sebastian Ingrosso, Calvin Harris, Alesso, Steve Angello, and John Digweed are set to melt face and headline the whole shebang. Lastly, Sunday tears down the house with headliners Afrojack, Bassnectar, Nero, R3HAB, and a yet unannounced “Very Special Guest”!
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!